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I am currently developing an app that allows users to search for a youtube video and then allows them to download the video offline for viewing when there is no wifi/cellular coverage..

I noticed that the AppStore lacks this category of apps, or to put it in other words: apps like these appear for a short while before being removed, or updated to stop downloading videos.

So, there must be some guidelines on what apps are allowed to exist in the appstore and clearly youtbue downloaders are not. Where can I read those guidelines?

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    This is a copyright infringement of Youtube content so I'm pretty sure the app review process stops them. Apple publishes their guidelines and it was the first result returned on a Google search.
    – fsb
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 13:54
  • Brave for iOS has YouTube downloads...
    – aehlke
    Commented Feb 18 at 5:41

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Here's the official Apple guide

5.2.3 Audio/Video Downloading: Apps should not facilitate illegal file sharing or include the ability to save, convert, or download media from third party sources (e.g. Apple Music, YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, etc.) without explicit authorization from those sources. Streaming of audio/video content may also violate Terms of Use, so be sure to check before your app accesses those services. Documentation must be provided upon request.

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The general guideline is that apps must be legal and downloading youtube videos is not allowed according to their terms of service and is therefore most likely not legal.

And directly from apple:

5.2.3 Audio/Video Downloading: Apps should not facilitate illegal file sharing or include the ability to save, convert, or download media from third party sources (e.g. Apple Music, YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, etc.) without explicit authorization from those sources. Streaming of audio/video content may also violate Terms of Use, so be sure to check before your app accesses those services. Documentation must be provided upon request.

developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/#objectionable-content

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  • However Brave iOS has YouTube offline downloads, and they're allowed. So something doesn't add up. They have no special YouTube partnership.
    – aehlke
    Commented Feb 18 at 5:41

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