YouTube hits iPhone
Oh, and Apple TV too
YouTube is now available on Apple TV - but that's just a footnote. Apple also announced that it will include a specialized YouTube app with the iPhone when the long-awaited handheld device ships on 29 June.
Starting today, Apple TV users can download a free software update that allows them to “easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos.” Those with YouTube memberships can log-in to their accounts through the app, much as they would at YouTube.com.
On 29 June, iPhone buyers will have similar access to YouTube though another Apple-designed app, wirelessly streaming videos onto the phone via Wi-Fi or AT&T’s EDGE network. AT&T, which recently acquired full ownership of Cingular through its acquisiton of BellSouth, is Apple’s exclusive wireless partner in the US.
“iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,” claimed Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are - on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV.”
In May, Apple announced that YouTube had started encoding videos in H.264 format, a more-efficient video codec suited to mobile devices, sparking rumors that the site would provide videos for the iPhone. According to Apple, over 10,000 H.264 videos will be available from YouTube by the time the iPhone ships. Neither Apple nor YouTube responded to requests for comment. ®
iPhone is not for the 1% of the market that is geeky smartphone . .
. . it's for anyone who knows how to listen to music or surf the web. Wait for the final "one more thing..." on Friday 29th June before you judge it. It will sell far, far more than the 10M by the end of 2008 that Steve Jobs has publicly aimed for. We may see the market segmented into: cheap phones 80%, iPhones 20%, smart phones 1%. Follow along on apple.com what may well turn out to be the greatest product launch ever (in the US).
I already play youtube stuff directly on my telly thanks to the Wii but it would be fun to have the option to stream to an iPhone also.
Not sure what the whinging is about here - it's good to have things available and have more options not less... Someone said having this on the iPhone is a negative! In god's name why? If you don't want features, just carry a small brick around in your pocket - no ringtones, no games, no wifi, everything not there ... brilliant!?
Otherwise, I get the sense of people's complaint's being phone x has feature a, phone y has feature b, phone z has a c, thereby rubbishing the fact that iPhone has a, b and c. Whereas, I think it's looking like a quite nice complete(-ish) package but, also, I don't actually have to buy it... I can pick something else too if I want ....
Good luck to Apple - hope it sells very well for them and I expect the fall out will be a market with more options and more feature rich in general. Which is a "good" thing (by the way).
The problem with YouTube (and most sites, except MetaCafe which gives you software so you CAN download higher quality video) is that the video quality is somewhat atrocious when you're used to cable/satellite/dvd/hd resolution.
I can see it now:
Apple TV owner with 50" plasma to friend: "If you stand right back and squint your eyes you can make the blocky image blur enough so you can see the *generic 'funny' crash clip you've probably seen before*"
Apple mobile owner to friend: "If you look close enough you can just about make out the *generic 'funny' crash clip you've probably seen before*"