Tuesday, October 31, 2006

How to Watch YouTube on Your iPod

With a few minutes of work, it's easy to watch YouTube videos on your iPod. Here's how.

Note- This only works on iPod Video (even though the picture depicts an iPod Nano)



  1. Download and install the free Firefox web browser.
  2. Install the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox.
  3. Go to www.userscripts.org and install the Download YouTube Video script.
  4. The next time you watch YouTube, you'll see a Download Video option beneath the screen. Click it to save the file to your computer. You might want to rename the video to something descriptive.
  5. An alternative method for steps 1-4 that works for all browsers is to copy the YouTube URL for the video you want to download and then go to YouTubeX.com. Paste the URL to extract the file from YouTube and click "Get Video!" to save it to your computer.
  6. Install and launch the free Super video converter (www.erightsoft.com). Download is located here. You may be unable to download as this site is blocked by most spyware blocker programs. Although it does not appear to infect your computer.
  7. Select Apple - iPod from the Output Container option, and then the output video codec H.264/AVC. Set size to 320 x 240. If you get an error message when converting, unclick the Use DirectShow button.
  8. Drag the converted file into iTunes and it's ready for viewing.

Mac OS X

  1. Go to a YouTube video page, wait for it to load, and open Safari's Activity window.
  2. Double-click the URL of the video file - it's the largest one - to download it.
  3. Rename the file to something more descriptive.
  4. Drag and drop it into the free iSquint converter (www.isquint.org) and - presto! - an iPod-optimized video file for your iTunes library.

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