YouTube to introduce video download

YouTube is set to allow users to download videos onto their computers which can then be watched offline. The popular website, owned by Google, announced details of the new initiative yesterday.

According to a statement on YouTube, the move seems to have come following prompting from a number of partner companies who use the online video sharing site as an advertising tool: "We've started working with a few partners who want their videos shared universally and even enjoyed away from an internet connection." a YouTube spokesperson wrote on the site's official blog.

While tools such as Video Download Helper and SaveVid have enabled users to download videos from YouTube, the new initiative will mean that anyone can save their favourite videos without any of the third party hassles. The files will also be available in MP4 format which will allow people to load clips onto their iPods and media players.

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