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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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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.

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