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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

iPhone Will Offer 10,000 YouTube Vids

That's the latest news to get iPhone fans salivating. From the release:

    ...YouTube has begun encoding their videos in the advanced H.264 format, and iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Over 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.

Before this, Verizon had been the only mobile carrier making YouTube vids available on its phones. (AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone...for now.) Apple is only recommending that you download YouTube videos, though, when your iPhone is connected to a WiFi network, since download speeds when connected to AT&T's network will be slooooow.

And if all this iPhone hype is getting to be too much, here's the Onion on even more cool things that iPhone can do.

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  • Perhaps the most significant piece of this announcement is that YouTube will be encoding their videos to H.264. This is the native video codec for iPods, in addition to many competing portable video players. This is good news for everybody, not just iPhone users!

    Also, although the iPhone may be the first mobile phone to provide native H.264 decoding, this capability has been available to savvy Windows Mobile device users for a while by way of TCPMP and one of the TCPMP H.264 plugins. Google it sometime.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 8:23 AM  

  • Is this to say that YouTube has been storing the native video upload files all this time or are they re-encoding their already crappy Flash video?

    YouTube still consistently has some of the lowest encoding video quality of any mainstream sites on the web today.


    By Blogger Steve, at 8:18 PM  

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