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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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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.

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