[Q] PVStar+ Pro missing from Google Play Store? Anyone know why?

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crypt0kiddie

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I'm not even sure if this is the right section to ask in, I've never really left my specific device forums before but here goes!

So I just upgraded from a Sammy S3 to a Nexus 6 and I had a paid app called PVStar+ Pro on my S3. It lefts you play Youtube video's while having the screen off unlike that POS Google Youtube app! :)

So I setup my new Nexus 6 and I just realized it's not here on this phone. So I checked my apps on the market, nope. So I copied my APK off my S3 over and but it doesn't seem to work right. I can't search videos. For example, I've searched Tiesto, Hardwell, the Wonderland Music Festival etc and it comes back with zero results. Plus I don't think it's fully PRO.

I tried checking out the home page of the dev but it's all in Japanese so I shot them an email and so far no reply.

One of my favorite apps! Just wondering if anyone knows WHAT happened to it? Even Google searching brings up nothing.
 

scandiun

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Google probably withdrew PVStar+ because doesn't want apps that allow further operations on YouTube. I bought the Pro version on the play store, but since isn't available anymore I'll ask for a refund.
 

zelendel

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Google probably withdrew PVStar+ because doesn't want apps that allow further operations on YouTube. I bought the Pro version on the play store, but since isn't available anymore I'll ask for a refund.


I wouldnt hold out on getting one. You paid for the app as is an are not promised anything. So they could very well refuse it or have had their account closed so there will be no one to give the refund.
 
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I'm not even sure if this is the right section to ask in, I've never really left my specific device forums before but here goes!

So I just upgraded from a Sammy S3 to a Nexus 6 and I had a paid app called PVStar+ Pro on my S3. It lefts you play Youtube video's while having the screen off unlike that POS Google Youtube app! :)

So I setup my new Nexus 6 and I just realized it's not here on this phone. So I checked my apps on the market, nope. So I copied my APK off my S3 over and but it doesn't seem to work right. I can't search videos. For example, I've searched Tiesto, Hardwell, the Wonderland Music Festival etc and it comes back with zero results. Plus I don't think it's fully PRO.

I tried checking out the home page of the dev but it's all in Japanese so I shot them an email and so far no reply.

One of my favorite apps! Just wondering if anyone knows WHAT happened to it? Even Google searching brings up nothing.

Get an APK man
 

scandiun

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I've updated it and it works now.

Since the market pages are gone, I'm having some trouble figuring out what's the difference between the free and pro versions. Obviously the pro one unlocks something, but what?

I think it only removes the ads in the main screen.

Taking a look at the author's and Amazon seems the Pro version is discontinued (free version is higher). No idea about the free one.

http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/apps/about
 

yuppicide

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I'm upset to see PVStar+ Pro gone. I bought it almost a year ago. I use it at work because my boss said I was watching videos while working. I wasn't. I just had YouTube open to listen to music really quietly. So, I bought this app and am able to turn off the screen and just put some music on repeat.

I just spoke with a rep from Google Play.. they helped me locate the transation (I had to go to Google Wallet because the app isn't in my Google Play Order History).

The rep can't give me the exact reason it was removed.. either developer removed it or it was terms of service violation. But she will check about a courtesy refund... and as I type this CHA-CHING! They're refunding my $2.46.
 
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timosings

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Try Amazon App Store - my guess why removed from Play Store

Google owns YouTube,which makes money from the ads. Therefore an app that cuts out ads cuts YouTube profits. Makes sense that they would consider this app harmful, even illegal. I love the app because I am mainly interested in listening not watching the "Music Mode" setting, which plays more smoothly on my phone when only audio data has to be processed. But by using it we may be short changing content providers too, if they get any part of revenues from video views and the advertisers that support them.
 

miva2

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I was also looking for this awesome app. Too bad it's not available in the store anymore.
I didn't only use it as a youtube music player, I also used it to watch weird japanese things on nicovideo.
Stupid it's not even in the "my apps" section of google play anymore. I couldn't remember the name and literally scrolled through the whole list twice or thrice.

Thanks for the apk file on an earlier page. I'll try it out later. Hope it works.:fingers-crossed:
 

.psd

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Can someone post the most up to date non-paid android-version apk? The amazon app store version requires you to have the amazon app store to obtain the apk, and requires you to keep the amazon app store installed in order to be allowed to keep using the app--no thanks!
 
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scandiun

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Can someone post the most up to date non-paid android-version apk? The amazon app store version requires you to have the amazon app store to obtain the apk, and requires you to keep the amazon app store installed in order to be allowed to keep using the app--no thanks!

You are right, now pvstar free requires Amazon installed, no idea what could be the reason. If I post the most recent apk it would be the same that requires amazon, so you could try to find the pro version elsewhere as long as it works, but I'm afraid there's no such free version without amazon requirement.
 

.psd

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There is. Anyone who still has the android apk installed or archived could post it. I may have found it though, I'll see in a few minutes.
 

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PVStar+ 2.6.3 [APK Download]

Hi,
so I just checked their website and they actually provide a direct .apk-Download for their newest 2.6.3-version. Here is the link: http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/apps/PVSTAR_20150115.apk
It also doesn't require Amazon's App store and works like it should (unlike my old PVStar+ Pro :/).
 

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    PVStar+ 2.6.3 [APK Download]

    Hi,
    so I just checked their website and they actually provide a direct .apk-Download for their newest 2.6.3-version. Here is the link: http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/apps/PVSTAR_20150115.apk
    It also doesn't require Amazon's App store and works like it should (unlike my old PVStar+ Pro :/).
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    And since I like my own ideas...
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    Holy Christ monkey balls, IT'S BACK!!!!!!!!!

    I had pvrstar on my Amazon app store after Google unceremoniously removed it from the play store. This morning, it said I had one app update available... Pvrstar. I thought no way. Sure enough, it's working again and God how much I've missed it. I can finally say **** off to firetube.
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    I read somewhere development for the app is dead, and so yesterday I went looking for an alternative. Both OGyoutube and firetube seem to do the exact same thing (plus extra features), and have been updated to support the new API. Give it a shot if you guys are willing. I am personally using OGYoutube (found right here on XDA) and loving it.
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    All yt searches from within the app now show a first result about using an incompatible player, but search results are still shown and play as they did before. For now. :D

    I need to correct what I wrote before. It's the pvstar+ pro version, the pay-for version that was removed from play store that seems to have more ads services built in than the free one on amazon and the download able apk from dooga linked to above. I don't know if it shows any ads though because I always had adaway running.

    The three versions all work with everything that looks ad-related disabled with in this case 3c toolbox, as shown in screen shots here:
    http://imgur.com/a/zXIlm

    If you use xprivacy then I would suggest you block the app from talking to d2cjo8xlt6fbwy.cloudfront.net, since it tries to send both a unique user and device ID, and
    d830x8j3o1b2k.cloudfront.net where some adfurikun stuff is fetched from. Just block cloudfront in its entirety.
    Blocking storage access to the subfolder /data/data/jp.co.asbit.pvstar/cache/adfurikun/ could be good too.
    YouTube videos in MP4 containers seem to be cached/saved into /data/data/jp.co.asbit.pvstar/cache/videos/ , from where they can be just copied somewhere else if you want to save a particular video.