GoogleVideoDownload.com Takes the Streaming out of Google Video2/07/2006 01:31:00 PM
After MyTunes defiled iTunes by providing shareable songs for download, it couldn't have been long until Google Video was attacked by the same "stream capture" trend. GoogleVideoDownload.com allows you to copy the URL of a Google Video into its interface and then provides you with options for viewing the video and/or downloading it in a variety of formats (.flv, .avi, .mp4). Voila all that amazing content is yours!
Perhaps more interesting is that the site provides a relative ranking system for its downloads--favorites, top 100, 500, etc. and newest downloads available. Currently, Google Video doesn't give quite that laundry list, instead just offering "15 popular" videos for you to view. GoogleVideoDownload's rankings reveal what we've always suspected: females in various states of undress will always top media viewing/downloading lists. Google Video chooses to highlight select groups of 15 family-appropriate videos rather than reveal to the net that everyone just uses their service for the soft porn (and crappily lip-synched home videos).
Expect this to be shut down nearly immediately due to copyright concerns, but I thought I'd point it out as an example of how the trendlords are following not just iTunes, but Google as well. Expect to see copycat sites revving up their stream capturing engines quite soon... And also expect iTunes to take very serious notes as the growth and development of Google Video into its pay format will be serious competition for Apple folks.