Would you pay for Youtube downloads?Mikey 6 comments
What was once speculation is now official, Youtube is starting to integrate paid downloads into its service for Youtube partners.
It's not that surprising considering Google has not been able to find an effective way to make money from Youtube, but I wonder how confident they are on this idea. last time I checked, there isn't much demand for downloading videos that can easily be obtained for free.
What I mean by that is you can already download any video on Youtube with the help of one of the many Firefox add-ons available for free (I use download helper), and with what I understand about how Flash media is handled in web pages, there will be nothing Google can do to prevent this from happening on downloads that are charged for.
With or without the demand, it probably wont affect the vast majority of Youtube users.