Sometimes, you don’t realize that something is missing from your phone until some kind soul gives it to you. That’s the case with today’s AppGratis treasure, a helpful little app called Music Tube that does all the things that iOS6 should do but inexplicably doesn’t. If you recall, in prior incarnations of iOS, the iPhone had a perfectly nice little YouTube app included, allowing you to watch videos and listen to music from music videos, and so on. iOS6 decided to kill that app, and while Google has gone ahead and released a new standalone YouTube app of their own, it is missing a key feature that — thankfully — Music Tube gives back to you. Specifically, you can finally listen to music again on YouTube even after closing the app or putting your phone to sleep. It’s about damn time.
Seriously, it can’t be overstated how nice a feature this is. Music Tube has a lot of helpful features, including pre-arranged playlists of YouTube’s top 100, or genre-specific songs. Plus, it lets you put together a playlist of any video you can search for, allowing you to arrange a mix of classic rock, game music, internet sensations — whatever you like to listen to. Then, once you’ve got that playlist, you can set it to play in order or in shuffle — and then, close the app, and control the playback with your phone’s default music controls, as if you were listening to your iTunes library. The Google YouTube app stops playback if you leave the app at all, and I have missed this ability ever since iOS6 decided to nerf the basic functions of my iPhone. Having Music Tube is like reconnecting with an old friend.
You can get Music Tube for free today by checking AppGratis.