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When is YouTube NOT YouTube?

When it’s on iPhone.

Testing out the YouTube app on the new iPhone and I was super-impressed by the quality and speed of the download on the WIFI network.

But this morning I tried to search for some of the videos that amused me most. Less Okay-Go and more 60s concerts. Searching for “Byrds” didn’t give me any Byrds concerts when searching on the iPhone’s YouTube utility. It gave me Paris Hilton getting out of jail and someone named Byrd shouting at her. Names of Bryds members gave me no videos found!

But back on the web at, I got lots and lots of Byrds. No problem.

Testing with “Chumbawamba” gets one vid on the iPhone with “Tubthumping” in the background as dominoes fall down in a spiral.

Back on, lots of great Chumbawamba videos are found.

YIKES! Is the iPhoneTube only licensed material? Is the great old stuff and the new crazy homebrew stuff cut out?

Others experiences?

Just Boingboinged. (Thx Xeni).


  1. I heard the problem was simply that they had a limited capacity to process videos, and were working their way through the content, but that’s just a rumor.

  2. Brian Payst

    6/30/2007 at 8:09 pm

    Since there is no flash support on the iPhone, they are re-encoding the YouTube content as H.264. I would imagine that it will take some time to work through the catalog of YouTubeniness.

  3. Paul

    6/30/2007 at 9:10 pm

    They should have started with the ones I want to see!

    Seriously I now, having seen the BB update, the story about conversions briefly. But Apple did a fine job of keeping that story at the margins.And hey, YouTube is now GooTube so they should have plenty of processing handy.

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