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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.

21 Responses to “Purchase and Download YouTube Videos”

  1. luv4piggy Says:

    i don’t think i will ever buy videos on youtube.

    u can watch them for free any way.

    it is a waste of money.

    Besides, who can AFFORD the videos from all their subscribers??

  2. Julian Says:

    Honestly, I doubt I will be buying any videos, but I am sure that there are those hardcore fans that will. Moreover, I see where you are going with the idea of a stock footage/b-roll channel, that could be useful indeed. For example if you are making a video and you need some b-roll of a busy crowd or something and it is too late to ggo film it now because you want to finish editing the video, you could simply go look for that footage in one of those channels and solve your problem for only $0.99.

    -Julian, ItTakesII

  3. Dave (MusicFromBlueSkies) Says:

    Hmm, it looks good. I wonder how long before the rest of us can do it.

  4. Ahsan Says:

    but cant we download freely?

  5. yocassa Says:
    this explains it all

  6. Berry Says:

    these guys at are WAY AHEAD of YouTube!!
    any one can sell their viral video.
    and on top of it buyers will bid on your video (you can auction it).

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