Posted by: macintoshsisters | May 30, 2007

Apple Partners With YouTube

Apple Partners With YouTube
By Andy Patrizio

Apple today announced it’s giving its floundering Apple TV something it has yet to gain, besides an audience: content. The company struck a deal with Google’s YouTube video streaming service to provide originally-created content on Apple TV.

Separately, and perhaps because of the YouTube deal, Apple (Quote) announced it will offer a second line of Apple TV units, this time with a 160GB hard drive. The original Apple TV unit with a 40GB drive will remain on the market.

The 160GB unit means a quadrupling of storage capability, so it will be able to hold up to 200 hours of video or 36,000 songs or 25,000 photos or a lesser combination of each. The 40GB version of Apple TV will continue to sell for $299 while the 160GB version sells for $399.

Apple will offer a free software upgrade to Apple TV subscribers in mid-June. Once the device is patched, Apple TV will wirelessly stream videos directly from YouTube and play them on a user’s TV. Thousands of the most current and popular YouTube videos will be available on Apple TV at launch, with YouTube adding thousands more each week until the entire YouTube catalog is available this fall.

FULL article at Internetnews


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