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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, August 18, 2006
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YouTube plans to provide “every” music video for free on its popular video sharing site. The company is reportedly in talks with Warner Music and EMI. Analysts said the move is a “nail in the coffin” for paid music videos and potentially threatens iTunes.

Microsoft’s Zune media player will come with pre-loaded videos. EMI Group, the world’s third-largest music company, has reportedly signed a deal to provide content from its artists, including rock bands 30 Seconds To Mars and Hot Chip.

AnchorFree—“the world’s largest free Wi-Fi network and community, consisting of more than 10,000 wireless hotspots in over 2,400 cities across the U.S. and worldwide”—has announced the availability of its new wiPod solution, which allows users to download lists of hotspot locations to their iPods.

Oregon Scientific has announced a price drop on its iBall speaker for iPods. The iBall is now priced at $179, a $70 discount. The iBall is a wireless remote speaker built for all versions of the iPod, and operates wirelessly using 2.4GHz technology.

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1

Maybe it’d be something to be excited about if Youtube actually provided quality video. The video is pixelated as crap and the audio quality is worse. raspberry

Josh

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on August 18, 2006 at 8:49 AM (PDT)

2

Huh? Didn’t you have Levi jeans-related stuff where Zune-stuff was like 5 seconds ago?

Posted by Ryan on August 18, 2006 at 9:04 AM (PDT)

3

Josh is half right.  YouTube can provide their overpixelated videos for free, and that should make most people reasonably happy just to (sort of) see the videos.  But if they’re in talks with labels, maybe they’ll provide YouTube with higher quality stuff.  Until then, however, iTunes and other sources should still be able to make money from those willing to pay for better quality audio and video. 

P.S.  AnchorFree better change that “wiPod” name, or else Apple’s lawyers are gonna hit ‘em faster than lightning hits a kid mowing the lawn in a storm.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on August 18, 2006 at 9:28 AM (PDT)

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PushButtonAction:

ROFLMAO

that p.s. was hilarious

Posted by formatc1702 on August 18, 2006 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

5

Eventually YouTube will be delivering high quality videos. Eventually.

So eventually iTunes won’t make any dough selling videos. [shrug]

Posted by Dan on August 18, 2006 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

6

Unless there’s an easy way to get those youtube videos off the net and onto my iPod I’ll stick with iTunes.

Posted by rockbox on August 18, 2006 at 1:40 PM (PDT)

7

Just leave it to Microsoft to preload your purchase with stuff you probably don’t want… yay!

Posted by JeremytheIndian on August 18, 2006 at 5:23 PM (PDT)

8

Also doesn’t Yahoo Music already offer many music videos that are free to view???

Posted by JeremytheIndian on August 18, 2006 at 5:44 PM (PDT)

9

“Maybe it’d be something to be excited about if Youtube actually provided quality video. The video is pixelated as crap and the audio quality is worse.”
I don’t know. I’ve never wasted my money at the Apple store, but those videos seem tiny. They must get pixilated and crap when you resize them to realistic dimensions.
And Youtube’s quality is good enough for me, especially for free.

“Unless there’s an easy way to get those youtube videos off the net and onto my iPod I’ll stick with iTunes.”
http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php wink

Posted by anders on August 18, 2006 at 6:36 PM (PDT)

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JeremytheIndian:

Yes. And using a cool program called LyFOX, you can even get the direct link to the stream and not have to worry about navigating through ads and stuff smile (you can even play the 768kbps stream)

http://fernyb.net

And while your at it, check out GAMV.. which basically does the same thing for the music videos from AOL smile

Josh
Josh

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on August 18, 2006 at 8:09 PM (PDT)

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I wrote a blog entry about the Zune’s free videos.

http://www.mattsblog.net/freestuff.html

Posted by Matthew C. Egan on August 20, 2006 at 11:11 AM (PDT)

12

typical Microsoft ... telling people what they want to watch, and how they watch it.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on August 20, 2006 at 1:13 PM (PDT)

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