Gotta follow up on the discussion in Jan.
, since this Apple announcement matches exactly what we were talking about
Rebelgecko writes "It turns out the iPhone's mystery app is a custom YouTube viewer. The iPhone will play YouTube's videos using the H.264 codec(as will the AppleTV after an upgrade) for higher quality. From the look of it, it will take advantage of the iPhone's screen design and touch capabilities much more than watching videos in the iPhone's version of Safari would. The videos can be streamed via a Wi-Fi connection or the EDGE network."
To achieve higher video quality and longer battery life on mobile devices, YouTube has begun encoding their videos in the advanced H.264 format, and iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Over 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.
<pretty pictures, dog on skateboard>
Gotta wonder about that dog on the skateboard. Is YouTube a fad? Friendster dying, LiveJournal ?, MySpace surviving, FaceBook rising?? Who knows.