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Purchase and Download YouTube Videos
YouTube has recently announced a new feature which allows you to purchase and download YouTube videos in high quality. The feature is rolling out slowly, so only select content creators currently have the option.
Video creators can set the price at any level they see fit, or allow the video to be downloaded from YouTube for free. In addition to setting the price for each downloaded video, the video owner can also choose from an array of licensing options, including public domain, creative commons or personal use only.
I’m currently making all of my music videos available for purchase, for 99 cents each (which is much less than iTunes charges for music videos) and each video is available with the Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial license. My music video collection includes:
- “Gravediggers on Their Deathbeds” from imadethismistake
- “Sunkist” from imadethismistake
- “Chamber Pop” from imadethismistake and
- “In The Absence of Christmas” from Charlie(issocoollike) McDonnell
I’ve also made other select, popular videos available for download (with varying prices and licenses) including the “Now That’s What I Call Emo” video series and the iPhone parody commercial, “iPwn” featuring ex-MadTV cast member Lisa Donovan, among other videos.
Depending on the license option, I encourage you to remix or “mash” these videos after purchase.
This new option could inspire some innovative uses of YouTube channels in the future (I imagine a stock video channel in the future, supplying reasonably-priced clips for download to utilize in your videos as backgrounds or b-roll). I just wish they’d provide a PayPal option alongside the Google cart.
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…is written by Alan “fallofautumndistro” Lastufka, co-author of the book, “YouTube: An Insider’s Guide
to Climbing the Charts“. This site offers resources
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