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YouTube Offering Downloads for Money

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Earlier this year, it was discovered that YouTube was including an option to download on some of its videos. A small "click to download" link appeared underneath these videos. One example was seen on President Obama’s weekly address:

YouTube Video Downloads

Alex Chitu at the Google Operating System Blog made another interesting discovery. Your "My Videos" section has a place for "purchased videos" and the YouTube Help Center tells about purchasing them.

YouTube Purchased Videos

To download, simply click the aforementioned link. If you have to pay for it, you’ll be directed to Google Checkout where you can make your purchase.

This is an interesting move for YouTube, further pushing its monetization model. Now you can count iTunes and Amazon among its competitors. YouTube is certainly only in the early stages of this part of the industry, but I’d look for a lot of progress there in the near future.

Not all videos are available to download. It only applies to some of YouTube’s partners that have made some kind of deal. Downloads are only available in mp4 format.

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    If Youtube allows movie streaming, then i think most probably people will purchase the videos. But it really sounds weird to see Youtube offer this service.

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    Good idea for them rather than just relying on ads.

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    They would need alternate revenue streams like this to stay alive . But most of the download managers are now capable of downloading Youtube videos . So lets see how much money they are going to make out of this .

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    It makes sense. For now they only have short video and they are not competing with the movie streaming industry,..,.yet. But with advances in technology, they will.

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