Music Consumption in the MP3 Era
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
 

(Dont!) Steal This Video

Just thought I'd pass on a tip to fellow music maniacs...

No, I haven't gone "on sabbatical" again. I just spent a week obsessing on the mountains of great video clips at YouTube.com. Many of you are familiar with that site, but if you aren't, check it out. Everything from Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock to Soft Machine on Beat Club to KISS on Midnight Special to REM on the Letterman show to the Verve on Top Of The Pops; a real treasure trove of stuff.

Those who know the site already may be unaware that it is possible to download YouTube videos; all you need to do is use this site (Credit to Bedazzled! for this tip). Plug the url of the video you want into the box, and click the download button and it's yours (make sure you add .flv to the file name when you save it). The videos are in Flash format, so if you'd like to burn a DVD to watch it on your television, you'll need to convert your files to .avi, .mpeg, .mov or another format; here's a good freeware video converter. Expect a tiny loss in quality when you convert, although you won't notice it unless you're looking for it. Here's a tip: save time by converting a batch of videos all at one time, not one by one.

Obviously, not I nor you nor the person who uploaded the video own the various copyrights or broadcast rights to the songs or performances, so do what you want at your own risk. For the time being, there hasn't been too much of a backlash against YouTube.com; as of March 31, 2006 they have been assuaging studio fears by limiting clips to 10 minutes.

Which is more than enough time for a flash video nugget like Patti Smith Group on Saturday Night Live, 1975. I'll dedicate this clip to Jen, the most intense Patti Smith fan I know...

UPDATE: Bummer! Vid got pulled by YouTube, "copyright infringement". Guess they must've not liked my post...? I'll get it back up another way, if I get the chance...

...of course, the irony is, I got it from YouTube...


UPDATE #2: Okay, here's the same clip someone else uploaded to YouTube, except this has Italian subtitles and doesn't identify itself as from SNL:

Watch: Patti Smith Group: Gloria [live on "Italian" TV] (1975)



Note: Barring disaster, Weekly Reissue Roundup and Sunday Morning Playlist will be back this weekend, here and at Blogcritics.org. More "Short Bits" and other stuff this week, too. So long as I can peel myself away from YouTube...