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New features for YouTube

August 22, 2006

Original post here at Downloadsquad 

Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours for scheduled maintenance and came back up with a few new features. First is customized URLs, which allows you to “choose a customized URL for your channel, to make sharing your videos and favorites with friends easier.” As I understand it this will allow video publishers to ditch URLs like youtube.com/profile?user=someuser and replace them with something more memorable. The second is YouTube Music, a new section for musicians to post their music videos. This presumably fits in with YouTube’s plan to host “every music video ever created” and compete with MySpace Music, but so far it seems pretty incomplete–the YouTube Music section looks just like other channel areas on YouTube, making it very difficult to find your favorite artists. I can only assume this is slated to improve soon.

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