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Apple embraces YouTube on its latest products

Apple announced last month that it would bring YouTube content to its Apple TV. Today is the big day and all Apple TV users can download a software update to enable YouTube functionality.

Users can browse for video content as well as login to their personal YouTube accounts to view and save their favorite videos.

In addition, Apple announced that its upcoming iPhone will also feature YouTube support when it launches on June 29. iPhone users will be able to browse YouTube content through EDGE networks or through the built-in WiFi connection. The iPhone will also be able to take advantage of H.264-encoded videos -- over 10,000 videos encoded in H.264 will be available for viewing on June 29.

"iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are -- on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV."

Apple recently announced that its iPhone would ship with a new 3.5" screen comprised of "optical-quality glass" and a higher-capacity battery. The iPhone will be priced at $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB model -- both prices include a 2-year contract with AT&T Wireless.

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Awesome article pic!
By daftrok on 6/20/2007 10:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah dual lightsabers!

RE: Awesome article pic!
By Visual on 6/20/2007 11:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
thats not dual sabres, thats a double-bladed one. so its actually better :p
dual double-bladed sabres would be the best, just wait for me to grow some extra limbs.

RE: Awesome article pic!
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 6/20/2007 4:51:29 PM , Rating: 2
yea, better because you can cut off your head and foot at the same time with one hand.... :)

RE: Awesome article pic!
By soydios on 6/20/2007 3:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
yeah Star Wars kid!

Apple TV
By mdogs444 on 6/20/2007 11:13:35 AM , Rating: 1
While viewing YouTube from your couch could cure your boredom at times, I dont quite know how a such a small video is going to look watchable on a 37-42" screen. Most are difficult to see on a 19/20" monitor as it is.

Also, i love the idea of the Apple TV as a media extender from your PC through your wireless network, but the encoder limitations make the outrageous price tag difficult to swallow.

I dont think it matters where you download your material from - whether you rip your own movies and back them up into H.264 or divx or xvid, or get them from file shares, or torrents, etc....The point is that for something to be considered as a media extender, to ME personally, would have to be able to play all of my content as is, without my spending hours encoding into a format that a certain brand tells me to. Being that newer standalone DVD players are now supporting Divx Ultra (and in the $50> price range),I think it would be incredibly cheap for the Apple TV to support more codecs.

Especially for the price.

RE: Apple TV
By Homerboy on 6/20/2007 11:15:46 AM , Rating: 1
XBMC has had youtube support for a long time.
And rest assured it looks horrible on your TV

RE: Apple TV
By sprockkets on 6/20/2007 11:30:41 AM , Rating: 2
looks watchable on the wii browser

RE: Apple TV
By Duraz0rz on 6/20/2007 12:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
Youtube looks horrible on a PC :)

RE: Apple TV
By walk2k on 6/20/2007 3:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well, You-Tube videos don't look all that good to begin with, so I'm not sure there is much you can do.

That said, I have been watching some with the PS3 on my 46" HDTV and they don't look awful. You can even zoom in and fill the screen. PS3 does a pretty good job of smoothing it out.

You-Tube is great for sharing home videos with family and friends far away. Yet I don't see a big future for commercial content. The quality is definitely not worth paying for.

Who's going to pay for this?
By Ralph The Magician on 6/20/2007 2:34:10 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously. Bandwidth is not free. YouTube isn't a charity. Who is going to pay for your ability to watch YouTube video? Are they going to start putting ads in the videos? Is Apple going to pay out of pocket?

Everyone knows that YouTube makes money off other people's content (often pirated commercial material). How you YouTube going to be able to contiune doing that on the iPhone?

As a service, YouTube is kind of cool idea. As a company (or part of a company), YouTube is absolutely horrible.

I really hope their is a way to completely remove the icon. Don't shove YouTube down my throat. I don't see why YouTube can't be an AJAX app like everything else. Why give dev authorityt to YouTube and not everyone else? Sounds like some serious bullshit to me.

RE: Who's going to pay for this?
By michael2k on 6/20/2007 3:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
Funny... TV, radio, and the internet are all ad-powered content... that all take bandwidth.

Why is YouTube any different?

The only difference is that ads haven't been inserted, yet... but I suspect that is only a function of time.

RE: Who's going to pay for this?
By TomZ on 6/20/2007 3:08:37 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the YouTube web site's got ads obviously, and I think you can bet that as the mix of people viewing content through devices like this increases, they will insert ads before and after your chosen video. It's probably not really a question of "if," but "when."

By Ralph The Magician on 6/20/2007 6:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
That's my point, it's not different.

The day they start putting ads before and after YouTube videos, is the day YouTube becomes just like all it's predecessors.

By ZmaxDP on 6/20/2007 1:23:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'd just like to commend apple for improving the quality of their product before release. I may not want an iPhone, I may not even like it. But I've gotten so used to companies promising the moon and then falling short in their product releases, and trying to cover their asses with vague statements or excuses: "High end graphics cards don't need fully accelerated decode functionality because they are usually paired with high end processors..." Here we have a complete reversal of that trend. We've got a pretty toy that is going to sell like hotcakes to a limited niche of people who are more concerned with looks than functionality and yet we're still going to improve its functionality and durability because that will make it a better product. Sure, it might convince a few more people to buy it, but overall the changes won't make a huge difference in the sales numbers. Still, they did it.

The YouTube thing is cool too, just not nearly as surprising as the other bit. Given the quality of most YouTube videos, they should look better on the iPhone than on a computer, so that will be neat.

I'm not usually so fond of Apple's decisions, but this time they are making the right ones. Thanks...

By TomZ on 6/20/2007 3:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
There's different ways of looking at the same situation. I would see it more like that Apple got burned in the past with some of their products (and lawsuits), and they are learning their lessons. Still a good thing, but maybe not so much the "warms your heart" kind of feel-good vibe you're getting.

Nice toy feature.
By psychobriggsy on 6/20/2007 10:43:18 AM , Rating: 2
Good stuff. You never know when you need a techno remix of 300's "This Is Sparta" moment. I know that if I was caught short on a bus, train or in a field, that I would be able to get a fix of the bearded goodness and thus survive another day.

By Lightning III on 6/20/2007 12:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
Is that Brandon or Kris with the Lightsaber

Too much iPhone on DailyTech
By JoeBanana on 6/21/2007 2:22:19 AM , Rating: 2
I am getting annoyed with so many news about iPhone on DailyTech. Every day there is one and nothing new in it. But I haven't seen any about other smart phones... Ok there were a few. Is DailyTech paid to write about iPhone? :P

Cue the haters
By michael2k on 6/20/07, Rating: -1
RE: Cue the haters
By Homerboy on 6/20/2007 11:08:37 AM , Rating: 3
I think you just did.

RE: Cue the haters
By Flunk on 6/20/2007 11:37:38 AM , Rating: 2
I won't buy one, but I'm sure someone will. Apple seems to sell enough big screen iMacs. There is a sucker born every minute as they say.

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