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QuickTubePlayer is a simple and fast YouTube video player without Flash Player.It plays video file directly using QuickTime. It plays faster than Flash Player.

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Initial public release.


  • Mac OS X 10.4.2 or later
  • Safari 2.0 or later

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Robotank Member IconComment+968

I think this app is pretty good. It's quite basic, but it works as advertised. Honestly, for people using Safari, OmniWeb, iCab, or anything else that uses WebKit (except Chrome), I'd recommend just getting ClickToFlash--it has an option to load H.264 videos in YouTube directly in the browser (which are played with the QuickTime plugin, which is far more efficient than Flash). For those browsers without the benefit of ClickToFlash, however, QuickTube is quite nice. I'm using it with Chrome alongside the YouTube HTML 5 beta. For videos where I'm greeted with a FlashBlock placeholder instead of an HTML 5 player, I'll watch the video in QuickTube. You can't drag URLs or links from Chrome to QuickTube, but a quick series of keyboard shortcuts can get the video loaded in a couple of seconds. I'd like to see some better integration with browsers other than Safari (you _can_ drag links from Safari to QuickTube) or a built-in YouTube browser to make this a little more efficient, but as is it's still a handy tool for Chrome or Firefox users looking to reduce their Flash usage. BTW, if you have Perian installed, QuickTube can still play Flash (FLV) video in the rare cases that no H.264 video exists. In this case, it's still a far more efficient way to play Flash video than using the CPU-hogging browser plugin. Also BTW, in case anyone's not clear on this, the HTML 5 beta does use H.264, but it's not necessarily available in every case that H.264 video exists. Most YouTube videos were coded in H.264 to work with the iPhone/iPod Touch, and these are what ClickToFlash and QuickTube access. Apparently, YouTube has to add the HTML 5 player to each individual video, because there are many videos that have H.264 versions that don't yet work in HTML 5.

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Downloads 664
Version Downloads 664
License Free
Date 28 Mar 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free