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YouTube goes offline - free and paid downloads

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 13 Feb 2009 7:31 User comments (8)

YouTube goes offline - free and paid downloads YouTube has introduced free and paid downloads -- maybe an another step towards a more commercially viable service. Both of them are currently in a test phase which means that only approved YouTube partners can add downloadable videos. Also a new "Purchases" tab has been added under "My Videos".
YouTube partners are allowed set a small download fee for their submitted videos. In addition, the author can choose a license for the video from several options, including Creative Commons and Public Domain. The money transactions are handled by Google Checkout.

All the downloaded videos are in MP4 format and the paid videos are not protected by DRM. Therefore both free and paid videos can be played on variety of media players and devices.

Purchasing videos is currently limited to the United States but free downloads are available worldwide.

If you'd like to save other than YouTube partners' videos to your HDD, this is the guide for you.




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8 user comments

113.2.2009 12:28

cool

213.2.2009 13:09

You can already download youtube videos in mp4 format by using pwnyoutube.
Merely type any youtube address, but add pwn before youtube

i.e.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1UPMEmCqZo&fmt=22
would be
http://www.pwnyoutube.com/watch?v=q1UPMEmCqZo&fmt=22

313.2.2009 14:14

The latest RealPlayer gives you the option to download most videos, including YouTube.

413.2.2009 14:40

Originally posted by Coyote42:
You can already download youtube videos in mp4 format by using pwnyoutube.
Theres tons of those sites out, but personally I would much rather be bale to download it straight from youtube then messing with a second site.

513.2.2009 17:08

It still dose not make this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBOMXC5M-fw
look as good as this

http://zippydsmlee.net/videos/newhumper.avi
, thus it fails...

613.2.2009 17:23

Originally posted by gallagher:
The latest RealPlayer gives you the option to download most videos, including YouTube.
I totally agree. I currently am using real player and it works a treat. There are ways to get around the $$$ too.

713.2.2009 17:35

Firefox (as well as other browsers) have had many plugins that let you download the videos from practically every stream site in existence, for a very, very long time now.

Video and sound quality for Youtube are still pathetic compared to the majority of the alternatives. So even without having said plugins, this is still hardly anything to rave about.

815.2.2009 23:55

Originally posted by Coyote42:
You can already download youtube videos in mp4 format by using pwnyoutube.
Merely type any youtube address, but add pwn before youtube

i.e.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1UPMEmCqZo&fmt=22
would be
http://www.pwnyoutube.com/watch?v=q1UPMEmCqZo&fmt=22


You can download the videos using many addons to your browsers,but they are in bad quality.The original file will be in high quality as written in the picture.

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