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[APP][4.4+] PodTube 1.3.0 (Turns Youtube channels into podcasts)

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By MikeDev_, Junior Member on 7th February 2018, 10:17 AM
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PodTube is a simple application which interacts with YouTube and has the following features:
  • Download videos or playlists from YouTube
  • Automatically download new videos added to selected channels
  • Download only audio from the videos (saves lots of data and space)
  • Skip videos longer than specified duration
  • Support for Tasker, allowing you to download videos, react to downloads, or schedule a podcast sync with a Tasker task

The main purpose of PodTube is to allow you to automatically download videos from your favorite channels at a specified time, so you can watch them later, when you don't have access to WiFi, or internet altogether.

PodTube is completely free and contains no ads.

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Troubleshooting:
How can I get video/playlist/channel ID so I can use them in PodTube?
You need to open the official YouTube app, navigate to the video or channel you want, then click on the sharing arrow, or the three dots, select COPY LINK and paste it into the ID field in PodTube. If you don't see a COPY LINK option for the playlists, select one of the offered text apps, which will paste the link into them, and then copy it from there. (I will look into direct integration into the share menu in the future versions of PodTube so you won't have to copy it like this).

I am unable to download onto a removable SD card
Newer versions of Android (KitKat and later I think) won't let apps write onto the removable SD with standard permissions, however Android will allow the app to write into a directory it owns on the removable SD, which for PodTube is located in sdcardroot/Android/media/com.shadoapps.podtube. If you press Autodetect safe media directory button it will be selected for you (unless you are out of free space). You should have no problem however, with selecting and writing into any directory in the built in storage.

I have a problem with playing the downloaded files
YouTube serves videos in several formats. Downloaded video files will usually come in an mp4 format and audio files in a wav format (unless you select the lowest quality). In order to play them, your player app has to support these formats. If you can't open the downloaded files in the player you use, try one, which supports the format you are trying to play. Personally, I use the VLC player (free in the app store) which can play anything that YouTube serves.

I cannot select the specific quality for downloaded videos, or specify detailed download options
PodTube is not intended to be a full fledged YouTube downloader, it is a podcast maker, which simply grabs the highest quality streams available (or lowest if you want to save data and select that option)

How can I trigger the podcast downloads automatically at given intervals?
I recommend you use Tasker for this. Click on the Tasker icon inside PodTube for more info.

The download link contains several APKs, which one do I use?
The one that matches your phone's architecture. If you don't know what that is, then install the com.shadoapps.podtube.apk, which is universal.

If I install a new version of PodTube over the old one, will I lose all my settings?
No.

If I remove some of the downloaded videos, will PodTube download them again, during the next sync?
No. PodTube saves the list of IDs for videos it downloaded, and won't download them again. If you wish to download the removed videos again, then go to channel edit, and purge all channel data.

Extra credits:
Youtube library: Tyrrrz from Github
App icon: Freepik from Flaticon


Downloads here:
PodTube 1.3.0
Code:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S0EaS4yych9Avp4MJ9UoNvWyL5BDZHow/view?usp=sharing
PodTube 1.2.0
Code:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18EW4O-sr74Y7O_bMOiFNPi_SzJFX-nR9/view?usp=sharing
(Sorry, it won't let me post a clickable link)

Changelog
v1.3.0
- Add option to automatically open videos activity after Podtube starts
- Integrate Podtube into Youtube's sharing menu (You no longer have to use the copy-link way, you can just select Podtube directly from the app list instead)
- UI bugfixes
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15th February 2018, 09:04 AM |#2  
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Version 1.3.0 released
(Please see the first post for download links and changelog)
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17th February 2018, 12:24 AM |#3  
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The link (i copyed and pasted in chrome) says the file does not exist if you check and it works could you pm me the link for 1.3 the 1.2 link does not work for me also

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The link (i copyed and pasted in chrome) says the file does not exist if you check and it works could you pm me the link for 1.3 the 1.2 link does not work for me also

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Both of the links work fine for me.

Try this shortened link instead

Code:
https://goo.gl/w4bcV1
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Thanks the new link worked for me!

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Ok i have used the app a lot but i dont like one thing that it is in a weird wav format and to listen to them i have to use a wav to mp3 app and it takes 10 mins per 8min wav file do you think you could make the app use a mp3 or a useable format instead of tbe wav formt on the app let me know if you can

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Ok i have used the app a lot but i dont like one thing that it is in a weird wav format and to listen to them i have to use a wav to mp3 app and it takes 10 mins per 8min wav file do you think you could make the app use a mp3 or a useable format instead of tbe wav formt on the app let me know if you can

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The app doesn't get to pick in which format it gets in the stream. Most youtube videos provide only a wav stream for high quality audio. It actually checks if there is a mp3 stream available, but if there isn't, and there usually isn't, it picks the best one, which is usually the wav.
Try using a player which has no problem with playing wav files such as the free VLC for android.
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Thanks For Clearing that up I thought it was a app thing but no thanks for the info and for making the app
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