Apple has removed the ProTube app from the App Store after the developers received several takedown requests from Google. The app was listed on the store for over three years before it got pulled by Apple last week. The app was noted for letting users play 4K YouTube videos at 60 frames per second which the official YouTube app or any other third party app doesn’t offer support for.
According to MacRumors, the app was hugely popular among iOS users and during the three-year tenure, the app topped the paid app charts in 11 countries. The app was priced at $5 (approximately Rs 350) and was even listed in top 10 apps in 57 countries. Alongside, 4K video playback at 60fps the app also offered features such as background playback and audio only mode.
ProTube developer Jonas Gessner said in a statement that the action reportedly followed “after multiple requests and threats by YouTube which ultimately led Apple to suddenly pulling the app from the App Store.” As per Gessner’s post on his website, Google-owned YouTube reached out to Apple for the removal of the app over a year ago, allegedly stating that it violates their ‘Terms of Service’. The developer also alleges that YouTube’s ulterior motive behind app being pulled down is to absorb consumers on it premium $1o per month YouTube Red platform. ALSO READ: YouTube changes its logo for the first time in 12 years
To end the dispute Gessner was reportedly asked to remove the essential features which made ProTube app what it was. However, he chose not to as it will make the app “useless.” According to the developer, he found negotiating with YouTube “very difficult.” “While it is absolutely awful seeing ProTube getting pulled from the App Store, it was the best solution when it comes to the users that already purchased the app,” he said. Thanking the ProTube community base as the last, Gesnner also advised users to not fall prey to fake ProTube apps that might pop up in future.