More cool tech: Microsoft Surface

May 31, 2007

So who’s on YouTube: My Chemical Romance – “Teenagers”

May 31, 2007

“Teenagers” video by My Chemical Romance.  This band is a true force on YouTube, one of the most popular, if not THE most popular.  They get millions and millions of views. 

Mossberg interview w/ Chad Hurley + Steve Chen

May 31, 2007

News: WSJ writer Walt Mossberg interviewed the YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.  According to a PC World account, Mossberg grilled the two cofounders about copyright issues.

YouTube back up in Morocco

May 31, 2007

No official word on why it was blocked.  More.

EMI, the last of the 4 major labels, enters YouTube’s fold

May 31, 2007

News:  EMI and YouTube agreed to a licensing deal to allow EMI artists’ videos on YouTube.  YouTube users will also be allowed to make “mashup” and “remixes” of some (if not all) of EMI’s videos.  EMI’s artists include David Bowie, Coldplay, The Decemberists, Fatboy Slim, Gorillaz, Lily Allen, and Norah Jones. (More)

Analysis:  This is big news.  YouTube now has deals in place with all of the 4 major labels.  (No lawsuits from the recording industry.)  That’s quite an accomplishment for YouTube.   

Esmee Denters update

May 31, 2007

At 8:30 p.m. (a little over 48 hours since 1st posting), Esmee Denters’ video with Justin Timberlake hit 442,445 views. (YouTube’s system of counting has a lag time, so the number is probably more.) But when will it hit a million?

Apple TV will run YouTube videos, sort of

May 30, 2007

News: Calling YouTube a “worldwide sensation,” Steve Jobs said the new Apple TV (which lets people play anything on iTunes on a TV) will run YouTube videos with a June software update. Unfortunately, the videos are selected by Apple for access. Apparently, the full library of YouTube videos won’t be available until the fall. (More here and here)

Analysis: Someone has already developed a plug-in for Apple TV to make it run YouTube videos. See the video below and the website for A Series of Tubes. I’m not sure if it’s better what Apple will be offering.

I did test out the Apple TV this past weekend.  It didn’t have YouTube capability, and I’m still not sure how good YouTube videos will look on a large screen.  The resolution of most YouTube videos is made for a small screen.  When you blow it up, it could be much more blurry.   (More here)   Fortune Magazine writer Brent Schlender has already called the Apple TV a failure.