Whatever Google’s reasoning, clever Mac app developers have stepped in and done the job quite nicely. One of my favorites is Minitube, a cross platform YouTube app (Mac, Windows PCs, Linux PCs).
Minitube doesn’t use much of the Mac’s CPU because it doesn’t use Flash (which is used by Google’s Chrome browser on the Mac), so you’ll save on battery life while viewing YouTube content.
The app itself is more or less like using YouTube in a browser, but easier. Controls are self explanatory, you can subscribe to YouTube channels and get notifications of new videos even without logging in to your YouTube account.
Enter keywords to search for videos, scroll the sidebar or search fullscreen. And, of course, view videos full screen or within Minitube.
Minitube plays HD videos at 1080p, even fullscreen. Controls are in the upper left corner, but minimalist so as not to distract from the video.
YouTube videos can be sorted and filters as you search, and you get to create your own video playlist with drag and drop simplicity. Most Popular, Featured, and Related Videos are easily viewed, and Minitube lets you share the Mac way on Facebook, Twitter, and email.
This is nicely done and a better experience than experiencing YouTube videos in the Chrome browser and watching your Mac’s battery power drop before the video ends.