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What is YouTube? Everything you need to know

YouTube is the most popular streaming application in the market. As per 2019 statistics, YouTube has more than 1.9 billion users worldwide. Youtube is an application which doesn’t need an introduction as it is the most widely used app. It is the second largest search engine and the first largest video search engine app. It was developed in the year 2005 and Google bought the site in November 2006. Apart from streaming videos, it also allows you to search, upload, and earn money through videos. Youtube Dark Mode is the latest feature.

YouTube Services

Apart from being a video streaming site, YouTube has plenty of features in it. It has different apps for specific purposes. Here are the other services provided:

  • YT Premium
  • YouTube Movie
  • YT Music
  • YT Creator Academy
  • YouTube for Artists
  • YouTube TV
  • YT Kids

YouTube Premium

Premium

YouTube Premium is a paid service offered by YouTube. It costs $11.99/month and comes with a 1-month free trial. Other than this, it has two other plans as well. Family Plan for $17.99/month and Student Plan for $6.99/month. In the Family Plan, you can add up to 5 members aged 13+. For Student Plan, you need to pass the eligibility criteria and an annual verification is required. By getting this Premium, you get to play all the videos in ad-free mode and keep on playing when you use any other app. You can use the Premium is to YT Music app as well.

YouTube Movies

Movies

You just need to search “Movies” in the search bar. You will get a list of movies that are available on the YouTube app. Here you can either buy or rent a movie to watch. The price for the movie varies depend upon a number of parameters like video quality, popularity, number of days after it is released, and so on. When you rent a movie, you have to start the movie within 30 days from your rent day. Once you have started the movie, you need to finish the movie with 48 hours. If you buy a movie, it will be stored in your YT Library. You can watch at any time you want, there is no limited time.

YT Music

Music

YouTube Music is a separate app that contains content only about music tracks and music albums. You can subscribe to the music band professionals like Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber. It contains an ample amount of music libraries to play. You can also use your Premium subscription to get ad-free music and background play. This app is specially made for music lovers and music enthusiasts.

YT Kids

YouTube Kids

YT Kids is another version of YouTube that contains content related to kids. This is also a separate app available on the App Stores. It is the best app for kids age group 4+. It can also be used as a learning app for kids.

YouTube Creator Academy

YouTube Creator Academy

YouTube Creator Academy is a learning platform offered by the company itself. You can find lessons about how to start a Channel, how to make money by creating videos and much more. These lessons are presented in video format and at the end of each video, you will be asked questions related to the video. There are 6 types of courses available. Each course will have video according to the categories Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. After you have watched all the videos, you need to take the test and need to score more 75% marks to get the certificate issued by YouTube. These courses will give you the necessary head start to start a Channel and to become a successful YouTuber.

YouTube TV

Youtube TV

YouTube TV is a streaming platform like Netflix and Hulu. It is a subscription-based service that comes with a price tag of $49.99/month. You can get to watch more than 70+ live TV channels and on-demand videos. It is one of the best alternatives for a conventional cable TV subscription.

YouTube for Artists

For Artists

YouTube for Artists is similar to YT Music. If you are an independent music artist, you can go for YT for Artists. In YT for Artists, you can promote your music, engage your fans in the most creative way, and a lot of things that are available on the app. This was specially designed to aid budding artists around the world. It has Official Music Artist Channels too where you get certified yourselves as an Official YouTube Artist. This means that you have ownership of your presence across all the YouTube platforms.

Blocked Countries

Even though YouTube holds its reign in almost every part of the world, it is blocked in 5 countries as of Jan 2016.

  • China
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
Blocked countries

Other than these countries, some specific videos are blocked due to the contents present in the video. As a Video Creator, you can block your video specific to countries if you think that the YouTube video library is one of the biggest libraries in the world. For every minute, 300 hours of videos are uploaded.

Supported Devices

This app is supported by almost all the platforms. If you are not able to install the application, then you can use the browser to launch www.youtube.com and start watching your favourite videos.

  1. Android (Phone/Tablet/TV)
  2. Windows
  3. macOS
  4. Google Chromecast
  5. iOS (iPhone/iPad)
  6. Amazon Firestick
  7. Roku
  8. Web browser
  9. Xbox

and much more!

How to download YouTube Videos

You can’t download Youtube videos directly from YouTube to your offline library. This feature is not yet officially made. But you can download videos to watch it later. Those videos will be downloaded to the Watch Later Section. To download videos to your offline library, there are plenty of apps available on the market. You can download the videos by slightly editing the video link. Follow the below steps to download the video.

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  • Your YouTube video link will look like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwNP9Yqrxw.
  • Add ss in between the after www. like this. https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=FwNP9Yqrxw
  • You will be redirected to the download page.
  • Change the quality of the video if you want by clicking the drop-down arrow.
  • After that click the Download button to download the video.
  • On the next pop-up, you will be asked to choose the download location. Choose a location and click Save.
  • When the download is completed, the video will be available at your specified location.

Pros & Cons

YouTube has grown a lot since its launch. The main reason for its success is that the YouTube community keep on rectifying their cons. You can find anything sort of videos and music albums on this platform. Be it a motivational video or a review video, you can find those videos on this application. The major disadvantage is that it never censors content according to the country. It is the reason why it was banned in five countries. The YT community needs to have a look at this to expand its services to those five countries.

Alternatives

Several platforms came into existence as an alternative to YouTube. But none of them are as useful as this app.

  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • DTube

Our Opinion

YouTube is a monster when it comes to video streaming and sharing. It is in the internet market for more than a decade without any competition or any rivals. To build a fort-like this app, one needs a lot of trust among the users. YouTube got those trust by allowing users to use the platform for free. It is the major reason for its growth.

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