"I have some videos downloaded from YouTube and other sites. These videos are saved in FLV format. Now I would like to watch these FLV videos on my iPod touch 5. I know I have to convert these FLV videos to iPod touch friendly videos like MOV or MP4. How to convert these FLV videos to iPod MP4 or MOV format with my PC? I don't have a Mac. What should I use to carry out the FLV to iPod conversion?"

To watch YouTube FLV videos on Apple device, there are two solutions to achieve the aim. On one hand, you can play YouTube FLV videos on Mac/ iPad/ iPod/ iPhone after converting YouTube FLV to Apple devices compatible formats. On the other hand, you can download and install a third-party FLV player on your Apple devices for playing YouTube FLV videos.

Part 1: Can You Play FLV Files on Mac/ iPad/ iPod/ iPhone?

Videos are usually shared and transferred in FLV(Flash Video) format by many video-sharing platforms or social networking services, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Flash Video has long been the standard video format used by nearly all embedded video on the internet because of ability to have high quality files in small sizes, popularity among people and flexible nature. Sometimes, you may need to download and save videos of these websites on your PC or iPhone so that you can watch them in case of no internet available. However, it fails to directly play FLV on Apple devices. Does it mean that you cannot play FLV videos on your Mac/ iPad/ iPod/ iPhone? Certainly not. This guide will show you how to achieve it easily.

Part 2: What Formats does Mac/ iPad/ iPod/ iPhone Support?

Converting YouTube FLV to Apple devices compatible formats is one of the possible ways to play YouTube FLV file on Mac and other Apple devices. But you may confused about what file formats the Apple devices will support. Here we collected all the formats and listed them out below.

  • Mac: 3GP, AVI, MOV, MP4, MTS/M2TS and MXF.
  • iPad: H. 264, MP4, M4V, MOV, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG.
  • iPod: MP3, AAC/M4A, Protected AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible audiobook, and Apple Lossless.
  • iPhone: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov.

Part 3: How to Play FLV Files on Mac/ iPad/ iPod/ iPhone from YouTube After Converting?

To convert YouTube to be played on Mac/ iPad/ iPod/ iPhone, you need to prepare a YouTube to iPod converter or an FLV to iPod converter. As for me, I prefer Leawo Video Converter to other video converters. As a professional video converter, it offers comprehensive media conversions between 180+ HD/SD formats like MPEG, WMV, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc. The Windows version enables users to convert YouTube to iPod compatible formats on Windows while its Mac counterpart allows users to convert YouTube to iPod or Mac. With this formidable tool, you can convert MP4 to FLV for uploading it to YouTube.

  • Leawo Video Converter
  • Leawo Video Converter

    1. Convert video and audio files between 180+ formats without quality loss
    2. Support 720P, 1080P and even real 4K video output
    3. Create photo slideshows from photos stored on camera, computer, camcorder, etc
    4. Built-in video editor to trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, etc
    5. 2D to 3D converter with 6 different 3D movie effects available

This method need you to download the online YouTube video firstly. You can go to the last part of this article to check the detailed guide. Download and install Leawo Video Converter beforehand, kick off the program to enter the main interface, and then follow the step-by-step guide below to convert YouTube to iPod. Please note that the following guide is based on the Windows version of Leawo Video Converter. However, Mac users can follow suit to convert YouTube videos to iPod on Mac with the help of Leawo Video Converter for Mac.

Step 1: Import source YouTube FLV video files

Go to the "Convert" tab, and click "Add Video" button on the sub-menu to load your source YouTube FLV video files. After loading, you could play back YouTube FLV video files, select subtitles and audio tracks from source YouTube FLV video files, add external subtitles to loaded YouTube FLV video files, edit loaded YouTube FLV video files, etc.

Step 2: Set iPod video as output format

Click the drop-down box next to the "Add Photo" button. On the drop-down list, select "Change" option. As iPod accepts MP4 and MOV video formats, then you can select "MP4" or "MOV" from "Format" column as output format on the popup Profile window. Otherwise, you can directly choose an iPod model like iPod Touch 4, iPod Touch 5, etc. as output device.


    If you need, you could click the "Edit" button on the drop-down profile setting box to adjust video and audio parameters like video codec, aspect ratio, frame rate, resolution, audio codec, bit rate, channel, sample rate, etc.

Step 3: Convert YouTube videos to iPod compatible formats

Click the big green "Convert" button on the sub-menu bar next to the format setting drop-down box. Then, on the popup sidebar, set output directory. After setting output directory, click the "Convert" button right below. Leawo Video Converter would start to convert YouTube to iPod immediately.

Leawo Video Converter User Guide

Part 4: How to Play FLV Files from YouTube on iPod/ iPhone with Top 3 FLV Players?

Besides, you can install an FLV player on your iPod for directly playing YouTube FLV videos. Top 3 FLV players for iPod are introduced below. Please take a look.

#1. Flex:player


This player supports videos under key formats including Xvid, DivX, VOB, WMV, FLV and MKV. Flex:player has many versions in the market with each offering improved performance. That is the sole greatest advantage that succeeding versions of Flex:player have offered to users. It also has a widespread application for iPad/iPhone/iPod.

#2. OPlayer Lite

OPlayer Lite

It has a media player for both audio and video files and will help to enhance media abilities of your iPad/iPhone/iPod. It is good for streaming both video and audio files online. OPlayer Lite has very easy-to-use interfaces which is one of its significant improvements.

#3. viPlay Lite

viPlay Lite

viPlay Lite is a late video player entrant into the market. It makes it possible for one to play and watch videos using an iPad/iPhone/iPod with no requirements to convert. It is advantageous in that the user can download, stream or play any file format from the server. It's user-friendly even for kids thanks to its unique interfaces.

Part 5: Best FLV Player Software to Play FLV Files from YouTube on Mac/ iPad?

Except for the FLV player app for the iPod and iPhone, here are the best FLV player software to play FLV files from YouTube on Mac/ iPad for your information. Leawo Blu-ray Player is a free FLV file player. Apart from that, it will also support most of the popular formats in the market. It's compact as well as powerful. It can play encrypted Blu-ray/DVD disc directly. And you can also use it to play some videos in formats that are not supported by QuickTime and iTunes like RMVB and WMV. And it'll only take up 4% of your CPU's processing power to play a Blu-ray disc. It also has a Windows version that works on Windows 7/8/8.1/10. If you have a Windows computer running Windows 10, you might need this program as like macOS, Windows 10 also doesn't have Blu-ray player software pre-installed. With it you can easily play Blu-ray on Windows 10.

  • Leawo Blu-ray Player
  • Leawo Blu-ray Player

    Region-free Blu-ray player software to play Blu-ray disc and DVD disc for free, regardless of disc protection and region restriction.
    Play 4K FLV videos, 4K MKV videos, 4K MP4 videos, etc. without quality loss.
    Play 1080P videos, 720P videos with lossless quality.

Extension: How to Download Videos from YouTube?

Here is an extension part aiming to teach you how to donwload videos from YouTube. To download videos from YouTube, you can try Leawo Video Downloader. Download and install this program, and kick it off to begin to download videos from YouTube.

Step 1: Paste the video URL into the address bar

Click the "Download" module to enter the main interface of Leawo YouTube Downloader, where you could see an address box into which the URL of desired YouTube video must be entered. URL entered, the built-in browser and player will load the video fast. After loading, you can take a preview about the video item.