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Extracting sound from a YouTube video

There are numerous “download streaming videos” resources online, most of them are aimed at downloading YouTube videos where perhaps KeepVid is the most famous one. In the case of YouTube, KeepVid simply lets you input a URL of a video and then kickbacks two download links, one for normal quality and one for high quality. Easy enough and serves the purpose. Users have also written Firefox add-ons for this, such as Magic’s Video Downloader and Fast Video Download.

However, the other day I had a different agenda, I found a song on YouTube, a live performance of a song that I only wanted the sound from to be able to use it on my iPod. What then? There are of course sources for this as well, where ListenToYouTube is probably the best and most user-friendly. It works the same way as KeepVid, letting you input a URL to a YouTube video, and then extracts the sound; leaving behind only a download link for the sound in MP3 format.

The reason this is okayish and not great is that the MP3 it creates is in poor quality compared to what you’d be used to. The audio bitrate is 64 kbps whereas most MP3 song you would be used to listening to are in either 128 or 160 kbps. It’s a great service, but for me – it’s not good enough for my iPod.

The solution to this is downloading AoA Audio Extractor, we’ll then use a combination of the KeepVid solution to grab the video, and use AoA Audio Extractor to extract the sound from it. This way, we’ll be able to choose the audio bitrate, sample rate, as well as output type (MP3, WAV, AC3).

Save it where you like, and import it to your iPod – voila!

Most pirated movies of 2008

Wow! Check this list out that was put together by Torrentfreak.com, it shows the Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2008. Torrents have obviously been around for a good while now ‘on the market’, but I think it’s safe to say that in 2008 it became more common knowledge than ever. The Dark Knight tops the list with a good million, and rightly so. I was a bit disappointed when I noticed that it had dropped to #4 on IMDB’s Top 250 movies of all times. The Dark Knight now has the same rating as Pulp Fiction (8.9) – and almost equal the number of votes.

Anyway, back to the piracy. If you add the top 10 up, and bare in mind that this is only from BitTorrent sources (meaning; no ‘old school’ sharing such as DC++, and no ‘new school’ such as Rapidshare) – you get a neat number of 52.49 million downloads.

If you remember my post Avril Lavigne passes 100 million views on YouTube, you know that I like comparing these kind of numbers to country population (even though it’s completely unrealistic, I know). So here we go again:

  • Almost all of Italy downloaded anyone of these movies once.
  • Everyone in Chile, The Netherlands, and Australia downloaded anyone of these movies once.
  • In Sweden, everyone could have (and probably did) downloaded 6 of these movies (and added another outside the list).
  • In Denmark, everyone could have downloaded all 10 of them.

There you have it.

Google Chrome (Update: Download)

“Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.”

Google Chrome on the official Google Blog

Update 1: Chrome at the Chromium Blog

Update 2: Download Chrome or read about some of the features

“One box for everything”

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Unofficial additional resources:
Google Chrome on Gizmodo
Diggs on Google Chrome
ZDNet on Google Chrome
TechCrunch on Google Chrome
Google Chrome on IDG (Swedish)

Dagen då Internet blev kung

Det var faktiskt inte idag utan häromdagen. Jag lyckades hitta en instrumental version av “Suicide is Painless” eller som vi förmodligen mer känner igen den: Themet till M*A*S*H.

Ett givet val av ringsignal med andra ord, precis som på gamla Nokia 3210 dar. Måste givetvis dela med mig också! Här har du Snake!

Suicide is Painless – Intrumental

Releaselog

I don’t know if any of you has made this your favourite site yet, but I do know that I recently have. When I started visiting the Releaselog (rlslog.net) it wasn’t big at all, not that many releases were being posted and I can’t remember if the RSS was working or not. Now it’s not only a strong competitor but definately one of the best “investigating” blogs you can find. If you’re considering downloading something, be sure to check out the quality and reports first has always been a rule. But it’s not until now that this rule can easily be checked without visiting half of the Internet.

Pick of the year for sure.