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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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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.


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