Metrotube app to be discontinued on January 1st

Many people use their smartphones for YouTube video access, and Windows Phone owners are no exception. A developer by the name of Lazyworm released an application for YouTube on WP7, offering a Metro UI for the world's most popular video streaming service. As WPCentral reports though, the application is set to be discontinued in the near future.

The official explanation from the developer was sent as a PDF (which can be read here) to customers that had purchased Metrotube, and it reads as follows:

"We are extremely saddened to announce that as of the 1st of January 2012, our applications ‘Metrotube’ and ‘YouTube’ will no longer be available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

YouTube’s current API does not have any documented methods for obtaining high quality video content. We have been using a workaround to obtain this content and it has recently come to our attention that this may not be sustainable in the long term, hence our decision to stop distributing the apps.

The apps should remain functional for those who have already installed them however we will be unable to push out any further updates. Of course, you can also continue accessing YouTube videos directly through your web browser."

Citing Google's lack of support for WP7, Lazyworm has chosen to take the easy route out of development since their app can no longer be maintained. It is quite saddening to see a unique project such as Metrotube being taken down but due to the nature of the internet it is unlikely that the app will fully disappear since people will likely begin to distribute it using certain file-hosting websites. Metrotube's official website does not show any change to their overall aim for the application, though WP7 phone owners may want to download the application now if they do not already have it.

Metrotube became one of the most popular applications for accessing video on the WP7 platform, and it is easy to see why. The UI obeys the conventions of Microsoft's Metro design language and manages to fit all of the features into the design as well. If YouTube becomes more friendly towards the WP7 platform there could be a chance of Lazyworm resuming development of Metrotube but until then, the official YouTube app and other developers may be the only available options.

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Disappointed very much.. Metrotube did it all, and did it very well
Metro style. One of the best apps on the wp7 platform. Now it's hone. ****ing google.

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the next best alternative? I'm getting a Windows Phone in the mail tomorrow and I'd like to hear what the next best app for youtube is?

Vexta said,
Why hasn't anyone mentioned the next best alternative? I'm getting a Windows Phone in the mail tomorrow and I'd like to hear what the next best app for youtube is?

m.youtube.com pinned as Live Tile

Vexta said,
Why hasn't anyone mentioned the next best alternative? I'm getting a Windows Phone in the mail tomorrow and I'd like to hear what the next best app for youtube is?

Supertube is also very good.

This is the only app that can play directly inside main UI and changing direction automatically change video to fullscreen extremely fast. This app is better than any youtube app or other video app on WP7 and iPhone PERIOD. Too bad

"YouTube's current API does not have any documented methods for obtaining high quality video content." Just curious High quality does it means 720p and higher? If yes I don't see Android's official youtube app have it as well...

tanjiajun_34 said,
"YouTube's current API does not have any documented methods for obtaining high quality video content." Just curious High quality does it means 720p and higher? If yes I don't see Android's official youtube app have it as well...

Nope it means 360p and upwards, the ****ty 240p is the only format public last I checked.

SoyoS said,

Nope it means 360p and upwards, the ****ty 240p is the only format public last I checked.

That is strange, because yesterday I saw the Hobbit trailer in HD using the YouTube application on my WP7 device.

sviola said,

That is strange, because yesterday I saw the Hobbit trailer in HD using the YouTube application on my WP7 device.

They didn't say it weren't possible, but there is no documentation on it, therefore it can be seen as not officially supported and could be causing more work than needed with the workaround that Lazyworm is no longer willing to maintain.

Youtube is also destroying the experience of H.264 hw accelerated videos on IE9. Became slow, ugly UI changes, die already

manosdoc said,
Youtube is also destroying the experience of H.264 hw accelerated videos on IE9. Became slow, ugly UI changes, die already
Just don't understand. Youtube on IE9 is slow? I didn't know that And UI changes I thought UI changes is in all browsers not just IE9?

tanjiajun_34 said,
Just don't understand. Youtube on IE9 is slow? I didn't know that And UI changes I thought UI changes is in all browsers not just IE9?

No the overall UI is slow. Plus the H.264 HTML5 video works like 3 times in 5 videos. Of course if you refresh couple of times the page, then you can view it (hurray it works), but still they are ignoring this for their favorite WebM.

manosdoc said,

No the overall UI is slow. Plus the H.264 HTML5 video works like 3 times in 5 videos. Of course if you refresh couple of times the page, then you can view it (hurray it works), but still they are ignoring this for their favorite WebM.

Weird I had no problems with YouTube HTML5 on IE9 at all All videos works fine for me.

manosdoc said,

No the overall UI is slow. Plus the H.264 HTML5 video works like 3 times in 5 videos. Of course if you refresh couple of times the page, then you can view it (hurray it works), but still they are ignoring this for their favorite WebM.

It's called a html5 trial/beta for a reason. Perhaps you should direct your ire at Microsoft rather than Youtube considering that WebM/H.264 work fine in Firefox/Safari respectively.

Google once again doing the only thing they are good at -- trying to gain market share through illegal means. They know Windows Phone is a million times more beautiful and superior than Android. So they are trying to stop WP using their evil tactics.

First, they stopped Microsoft from producing a built-in YouTube integration feature. Now, they are trying to block 3rd parties as well. It's about time Microsoft took Google to the court for uncompetitive behavior.

In the mean time, everyone should boycott Google like I have been doing for the last 3 years. I don't EVER touch ANY Google product or service. This evil company needs to die a slow and painful death just like Google Buzz , Google Plus and Chromebook.

You think it's beautiful, i think it's uninteresting and dull to look at. Everybody has their taste.
If you're not using google services then you shouldn't care.

Microsoft are way worse than google. Just look at how they use patents to extort manufatorers ? Abusing patents is the worst kind of business you can enter.

Karanlos said,
You think it's beautiful, i think it's uninteresting and dull to look at. Everybody has their taste.
If you're not using google services then you shouldn't care.

Microsoft are way worse than google. Just look at how they use patents to extort manufatorers ? Abusing patents is the worst kind of business you can enter.


Microsoft does not abuse patents. Microsoft PROTECTS their own innovation from getting ripped off by copycat companies like Google who are always trying to steal others' ideas. Android is a prime example of that.

Patent is a beautiful thing. It encourages innovation by paying the inventor a good reward -- just like capitalism which rewards people who work hard.

england_fanboy said,
Google once again doing the only thing they are good at -- trying to gain market share through illegal means. They know Windows Phone is a million times more beautiful and superior than Android. So they are trying to stop WP using their evil tactics.

First, they stopped Microsoft from producing a built-in YouTube integration feature. Now, they are trying to block 3rd parties as well. It's about time Microsoft took Google to the court for uncompetitive behavior.

In the mean time, everyone should boycott Google like I have been doing for the last 3 years. I don't EVER touch ANY Google product or service. This evil company needs to die a slow and painful death just like Google Buzz , Google Plus and Chromebook.

Beautiful maybe yea (Kind of boring if you use it too long...) Superior I don't see why WP7 is superior to Android... Android may be laggy but on WP7 I have really nothing to do on it.

england_fanboy said,
Google once again doing the only thing they are good at -- trying to gain market share through illegal means. They know Windows Phone is a million times more beautiful and superior than Android. So they are trying to stop WP using their evil tactics.

First, they stopped Microsoft from producing a built-in YouTube integration feature. Now, they are trying to block 3rd parties as well. It's about time Microsoft took Google to the court for uncompetitive behavior.

In the mean time, everyone should boycott Google like I have been doing for the last 3 years. I don't EVER touch ANY Google product or service. This evil company needs to die a slow and painful death just like Google Buzz , Google Plus and Chromebook.

So how come YouTube is fine on iOS, when iOS is a bigger competitor than WP7?

Possession said,

So how come YouTube is fine on iOS, when iOS is a bigger competitor than WP7?


That's because Apple doesn't compete with Google for Google's ONLY source of income -- Search. Windows Phone, on the other hand, comes with Bing. So, if Windows Phone takes off, it will hurt Google extremely badly.

england_fanboy said,

That's because Apple doesn't compete with Google for Google's ONLY source of income -- Search. Windows Phone, on the other hand, comes with Bing. So, if Windows Phone takes off, it will hurt Google extremely badly.
Actually I don't see why is this YouTube even a big problem. Android's Youtube cannot support 720p and above as well. And to me the Mobile YouTube quality on WP7 is good enough already. MetroTube is only for people who loves Metro in Youtube.

Possession said,
So how come YouTube is fine on iOS, when iOS is a bigger competitor than WP7?

Apple has access to the API, unlike MS.

england_fanboy said,
Google once again doing the only thing they are good at -- trying to gain market share through illegal means. They know Windows Phone is a million times more beautiful and superior than Android. So they are trying to stop WP using their evil tactics.

First, they stopped Microsoft from producing a built-in YouTube integration feature. Now, they are trying to block 3rd parties as well. It's about time Microsoft took Google to the court for uncompetitive behavior.

In the mean time, everyone should boycott Google like I have been doing for the last 3 years. I don't EVER touch ANY Google product or service. This evil company needs to die a slow and painful death just like Google Buzz , Google Plus and Chromebook.


Talking about that.... tell me a microsoft application that has been supported on Android??? Hotmail just came to Android recently... If Microsoft can do it why not Google?? No one points out that untill there is a news article. There is one rule for microsoft and another for Google??? yeah live with it....

Protecting? So using patent that dont hold in court is protecting? Motorola didnt just pay microsoft and look... 6/7 were not good enough. Last one is also very questionable...... Microsoft are almost as bad as Apple at patent trolling.
And as someone previously mentioned where are the microsoft apps for android?
Ill give you 4/10 for this attempt at trolling.

Karanlos said,
Protecting? So using patent that dont hold in court is protecting? Motorola didnt just pay microsoft and look... 6/7 were not good enough. Last one is also very questionable...... Microsoft are almost as bad as Apple at patent trolling.
And as someone previously mentioned where are the microsoft apps for android?
Ill give you 4/10 for this attempt at trolling.

Since when does a webservice compare to an app? Youtube is a web-service, since you NEED the web to use it. Most of what microsoft does is stand-alone apps and rather complicated to redo on multiple OSes. If they see money in it, they will do it. But if they don't, they won't.
With Youtube, Google saw an open door for a competitor to take over, so they instead decided to support iOS since if they didn't they would basically force all the iOS users to use another video service, basically promoting whoever stepped up to the plate. Instead of giving up the lead, they supported iOS. Smart business move. Then they released their own OS, Android. Would be nice to have it exclusive to Android, but being a web-service it's hard to limit it to just Android, and besides, they already had support for iOS and still didn't really want to remove that just yet. Now Microsoft comes out with WP7 and Google says... you're not big enough for us to care... so you get NOTHING. This is known as an anti-competitive practice. You can't exclude the small guy just cause he's small.
Microsoft is not doing that, they are not writing apps, especially for free for anyone but themselves. If MS wrote a free office app for iOS and not for Android or vice versa, it can be seen as anti-competitive practices and brought to court.
The fact that Android/Google stands to benefit, or at least not lose a little, from not providing the API to WP7 makes it bad. That is all.

still1 said,

Talking about that.... tell me a microsoft application that has been supported on Android??? Hotmail just came to Android recently... If Microsoft can do it why not Google?? No one points out that untill there is a news article. There is one rule for microsoft and another for Google??? yeah live with it....

Where did I say Google should make these apps for Windows Phone? All they need to do is open up the API so that Microsoft themselves or third-party developers can create rich YouTube apps for Windows Phone.

It's like if Microsoft refused to give Google the API's to develop Chrome browser for Windows.

For those who are not aware of Google's evil tactics, here's what they have done:

In 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft's new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It's done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn't offer a competing search service.

Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft's new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft's YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube's mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.”

http://www.winrumors.com/micro...pp-sucks-because-of-google/

england_fanboy said,
Anti-Google Rant...

You do know that you can access it through the web browser right? Like every other OS.

Furthermore, I don't think you (A self-confessed Microsoft fanboy), or Microsoft themselves can criticise Google for not opening up to third parties when the EU had to sue Microsoft in order for the latter to open up their networking protocols to third parties. Pot, Kettle, Black, and all that.

england_fanboy said,

Where did I say Google should make these apps for Windows Phone? All they need to do is open up the API so that Microsoft themselves or third-party developers can create rich YouTube apps for Windows Phone.

It's like if Microsoft refused to give Google the API's to develop Chrome browser for Windows.

For those who are not aware of Google's evil tactics, here's what they have done:

http://www.winrumors.com/micro...pp-sucks-because-of-google/


They don't have too open the api. MetroTube dropped the support because the api dont support HD video streaming?? but even Android youtube app don't support full HD. so i don't see a point there.

Anthonyd said,

Apple has access to the API, unlike MS.

Can you link a source for that??? the reason why there is no issue with YouTube app on Iphone is because its build by Google and not by apple...

england_fanboy said,

Microsoft does not abuse patents.

Oh please. Microsoft wrote the book on patent abuse and anti-competitive practises.
england_fanboy said,

Microsoft PROTECTS their own innovation

Haha. Microsoft couldn't innovate itself out of a paper bag while holding a pair of scissors. The FAT patent they registered over a decade ago is still innovating today is it? Or has it just become an industry standard file system for portable memory devices, and therefore should be subject to RAND-like licensing. Because that's the type of BS they roll out in every anti-Linux, anti-FOSS lawsuit they file.
england_fanboy said,

from getting ripped off by copycat companies like Google who are always trying to steal others' ideas. Android is a prime example of that.

And Windows wasn't stolen from Apple's original OS? And Window's tcp/ip networking stack wasn't based on bsd code? You clearly don't understand how technology and software evolve. No idea is original. It's always based on existing knowledge.
england_fanboy said,

Patent is a beautiful thing. It encourages innovation by paying the inventor a good reward

No, it encourages, hell it even promotes monopolisation and cartel behaviour by large corporations, the antithesis of a free market.
england_fanboy said,

-- just like capitalism which rewards people who work hard.

Tell that to the 2 billion people in the world who live on less than 5 dollars a day, have no access to clean water, and die from easily preventable diseases on a daily basis. Yeah, your capitalism is very successful.. for the 1% who own 40% of the world's resources.

england_fanboy said,

Microsoft does not abuse patents.

Oh please. Microsoft wrote the book on patent abuse and anti-competitive practises.
england_fanboy said,

Microsoft PROTECTS their own innovation

Haha. Microsoft couldn't innovate itself out of a paper bag while holding a pair of scissors. The FAT patent they registered over a decade ago is still innovating today is it? Or has it just become an industry standard file system for portable memory devices, and therefore should be subject to RAND-like licensing. Because that's the type of BS they roll out in every anti-Linux, anti-FOSS lawsuit they file.
england_fanboy said,

from getting ripped off by copycat companies like Google who are always trying to steal others' ideas. Android is a prime example of that.

And Windows wasn't stolen from Apple's original OS? And Window's tcp/ip networking stack wasn't based on bsd code? You clearly don't understand how technology and software evolve. No idea is original. It's always based on existing knowledge.
england_fanboy said,

Patent is a beautiful thing. It encourages innovation by paying the inventor a good reward

No, it encourages, hell it even promotes monopolisation and cartel behaviour by large corporations, the antithesis of a free market.
england_fanboy said,

-- just like capitalism which rewards people who work hard.

Tell that to the 2 billion people in the world who live on less than 5 dollars a day, have no access to clean water, and die from easily preventable diseases on a daily basis. Yeah, your capitalism is very successful.. for the 1% who own 40% of the world's resources.

england_fanboy said,

Microsoft does not abuse patents.

Oh please. Microsoft wrote the book on patent abuse and anti-competitive practises.
england_fanboy said,

Microsoft PROTECTS their own innovation

Haha. Microsoft couldn't innovate itself out of a paper bag while holding a pair of scissors. The FAT patent they registered over a decade ago is still innovating today is it? Or has it just become an industry standard file system for portable memory devices, and therefore should be subject to RAND-like licensing. Because that's the type of BS they roll out in every anti-Linux, anti-FOSS lawsuit they file.
england_fanboy said,

from getting ripped off by copycat companies like Google who are always trying to steal others' ideas. Android is a prime example of that.

And Windows wasn't stolen from Apple's original OS? And Window's tcp/ip networking stack wasn't based on bsd code? You clearly don't understand how technology and software evolve. No idea is original. It's always based on existing knowledge.
england_fanboy said,

Patent is a beautiful thing. It encourages innovation by paying the inventor a good reward

No, it encourages, hell it even promotes monopolisation and cartel behaviour by large corporations, the antithesis of a free market.
england_fanboy said,

-- just like capitalism which rewards people who work hard.

Tell that to the 2 billion people in the world who live on less than 5 dollars a day, have no access to clean water, and die from easily preventable diseases on a daily basis. Yeah, your capitalism is very successful.. for the 1% who own 40% of the world's resources.

still1 said,

Can you link a source for that??? the reason why there is no issue with YouTube app on Iphone is because its build by Google and not by apple...

Here : http://blogs.technet.com/b/mic...about-search-in-europe.aspx
It says "Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft's new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. ", so I guess that Apple has full access to it.

Joey S said,

Oh please. Microsoft wrote the book on patent abuse and anti-competitive practises.

LOL! Microsoft NEVER abuses any of its patents. If you don't know the difference between protection and abuse that's your problem.

Haha. Microsoft couldn't innovate itself out of a paper bag while holding a pair of scissors.

LOLOLOL! Microsoft is the most innovative tech company on the planet. That's why they have 92% OS market share. They make by far the greatest products like Office 2010 which have been dominating the market for 20+ years.


And Windows wasn't stolen from Apple's original OS? And Window's tcp/ip networking stack wasn't based on bsd code? You clearly don't understand how technology and software evolve. No idea is original. It's always based on existing knowledge.

Microsoft NEVER infringed any PATENTED technology while making their software. Taking inspiration from other people's idea is fine so long as you don't specifically copy them.


No, it encourages, hell it even promotes monopolisation and cartel behaviour by large corporations, the antithesis of a free market.

Intellectual property encourages people to innovate and make great products. Because it gives the wonderful incentive of making lots of money, becoming rich and living a luxurious life. Without it people will have no desire to improve upon what already exists.

Tell that to the 2 billion people in the world who live on less than 5 dollars a day,

That's because those countries didn't embrace capitalism early enough. EVERY single developed country in the world prospered because of capitalism. Capitalism makes EVERYONE richer. Communism makes everyone equal -- but poor at the same time. That's why third world countries like India and even China have embraced capitalism and they are fast becoming richer.

Anthonyd said,
Don't bother answering to JoeyS, he is a well known troll on Neowin, especially on MS news.

He's an open sores advocate. If it's not Android or Linux, he goes into #occupy mode.

still1 said,

Talking about that.... tell me a microsoft application that has been supported on Android??? Hotmail just came to Android recently... If Microsoft can do it why not Google?? No one points out that untill there is a news article. There is one rule for microsoft and another for Google??? yeah live with it....

It seems that you dont understand what the problem is. The problem is Google does not release an Official YouTube App on WP7 while not providing API for WP7 so as to stop WP7 from accessing YouTube in Apps.

However, the point that you give out is not equivalent to the issue. Although months ago MS does not provide official Hotmail Client on Android, MS does not stop people from accessing Hotmail from Android's native mail client.

Now, can you see the difference, Android fanboy and MS hater?

england_fanboy said,

LOL! Microsoft NEVER abuses any of its patents. If you don't know the difference between protection and abuse that's your problem.

LOLOLOL! Microsoft is the most innovative tech company on the planet. That's why they have 92% OS market share. They make by far the greatest products like Office 2010 which have been dominating the market for 20+ years.


Microsoft NEVER infringed any PATENTED technology while making their software. Taking inspiration from other people's idea is fine so long as you don't specifically copy them.


Intellectual property encourages people to innovate and make great products. Because it gives the wonderful incentive of making lots of money, becoming rich and living a luxurious life. Without it people will have no desire to improve upon what already exists.

That's because those countries didn't embrace capitalism early enough. EVERY single developed country in the world prospered because of capitalism. Capitalism makes EVERYONE richer. Communism makes everyone equal -- but poor at the same time. That's why third world countries like India and even China have embraced capitalism and they are fast becoming richer.

You seem pretty comfy in that bubble of yours, don't you?

m-p{3} said,

You seem pretty comfy in that bubble of yours, don't you?


When you can't say anything against it, simply describe your own lifestyle.
Thanks for the example.

So, given that this is an API issue, does this mean that there will soon be no YouTube support to be found for WP7?

ScubaDog said,
So, given that this is an API issue, does this mean that there will soon be no YouTube support to be found for WP7?

You can always use IE.