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Music videos are free. Not $1.99 a piece. Free. Who says so? AOL, and everyone except Apple.

Here is how to get free music videos for your iPod. On a Mac, follow these steps exactly.

1. Using the Safari web browser, go to Music.aol.com and select the Videos tab.
2. Locate, but do not select, any video from the site's bigger-than-iTunes Music Store collection of videos.
3. From the "Window" menu at the top of your screen, open both Downloads and Activity windows. Make sure Activity is easy to find on your screen at all times.
4. Go to the AOL Music window and click on the video you want to download.
5. A new window will open on your screen with "AOL Video" in the top left corner. 90% of the time a Quicktime movie will appear on the left side of this window.
6. From the "View" menu at the top of your screen, select "View Source."
7. Scroll down to the bottom of the text window that opens up, then search upwards from the bottom until you find a .MOV file. Or you can use the "Find" command (Command-F) to search for .MOV.
8. Select the entire .MOV filename of the music video. It will look like "h tt p://progr essive.stream.aol.com/aol/us/aolmusic/art ists/universal/blackeyedpeas/blackey edpeas_heymama_80048_dl.mov".
9. Open a new Safari window (Command-N) and paste the URL into this window.
10. Look at the Activity window. You will see the same URL appear there, as a http: phrase. Hold down the Option button on your keyboard and click two times quickly on the URL in the Activity window. This will download the music video to your computer. You will notice that many of the videos are the exact same quality as the ones Apple is selling for $1.99.
11. Repeat steps 4-10 for every video you want.
12. Download and install PSPWare for Mac OS X.
13. Open PSPWare's Movies tab.
14. From within that window, choose Options. Make sure Video Resolution is set to 320x240 (4:3) and both video and audio quality are set to high. Close the window.
15. Use the + sign at the bottom of the Movies tab to select each of the videos you have downloaded from AOL. Once selected, PSPWare will automatically convert each of them to iPod format. This will take time, so download a huge bunch of videos and then leave them encoding overnight.
16. Go to the Mac OS X Finder and hit Command-F to Find a file. Search for M4V00001. Inside the folder, you will find all of your music videos in iPod format.
17. Copy the videos to iTunes, then copy them to the iPod.

Enjoy!
 
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The fact you can do this does not mean AOL is saying "Take all our content for free to use on your own stuff!!"

It's meant for streaming. Not for saving. However, it's not protected very well and is easy to save. So go ahead.

Apple is charging you for iPod optimized video. If you want to go through the steps to convert it yourself, you're free to. I don't think it's going to hurt Apple's business model.
 

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The videos are on TV, on band web sites, on AOL and on other places for free.

Paying $2 for free video is weak.
 

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captainvideo said:
The videos are on TV, on band web sites, on AOL and on other places for free.

Paying $2 for free video is weak.
So is paying $0.99 for songs that are played on the radio for free, right?

How about paying $15 for a movie DVD that networks show on TV for free?

How about paying $55000 for a BMW M3 when your neighbor accidentally left his M3 unlocked on the street with the keys in the ignition?

If anything is weak, it's your reasoning.
 

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You're allowed to record songs off the radio. (People have been doing this for years, it's called a tape recorder.)
You're also allowed to record movies off TV. (People have been doing this for years, it's called a VCR.)

Brilliant.
 

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captainvideo said:
You're allowed to record songs off the radio. (People have been doing this for years, it's called a tape recorder.)
You're also allowed to record movies off TV. (People have been doing this for years, it's called a VCR.)

Brilliant.
Oh, so as long as it's a COPY, it's OK, right? So you're allowed to make copies of your MP3s or hack DRM-protected material and trade them on P2P networks too?

Try telling the RIAA that and see what they say. (People have been doing this for years, it's called copyright infringement.)

Brilliant.
 

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Oh, so as long as it's a COPY, it's OK, right? So you're allowed to make copies of your MP3s or hack DRM-protected material and trade them on P2P networks too?

Try telling the RIAA that and see what they say. (People have been doing this for years, it's called copyright infringement.)
When artists + labels give away videos (yes give away) on the Internet, it's not copyright infringement for people to download and watch those videos. Just think about it. That makes no sense.

That's only one of the reasons that your car analogy is so pointless. Car companies don't give away cars to attract customers. Music companies routinely give away music in the form of videos to attract customers to buying albums. They give it away on their own web sites and through artists' web sites and through services like AOL. They have been doing this for years.
 

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captainvideo said:
When artists + labels give away videos (yes give away) on the Internet, it's not copyright infringement for people to download and watch those videos. Just think about it. That makes no sense.

That's only one of the reasons that your car analogy is so pointless. Car companies don't give away cars to attract customers. Music companies routinely give away music in the form of videos to attract customers to buying albums. They give it away on their own web sites and through artists' web sites and through services like AOL. They have been doing this for years.
You know what? Whatever. If this is how you want to save a few bucks, go ahead. Shame on AOL for having such lax security/DRM that they allow opportunistic cheapskates like yourself to come up with workarounds to get things for free that they otherwise would be paying for. It's obvious no amount of reasoning will make you realize what you're doing is pretty lame.

Once a moderator sees this thread it'll most likely be deleted anyway. Good riddance.
 

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And here we go, yet again. Yawn.

Why is no one talking about the NFL?
yeah this is a sticky situation...

and wtf happened to my Chargers?!?!
 

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Interpol said:
So is paying $0.99 for songs that are played on the radio for free, right?

How about paying $15 for a movie DVD that networks show on TV for free?

How about paying $55000 for a BMW M3 when your neighbor accidentally left his M3 unlocked on the street with the keys in the ignition?

If anything is weak, it's your reasoning.
I'm gonna have to agree it is weak.

The first two, songs/radio etc, movie/tv etc.. is pretty weak. or at least the price sucks.
but on those cases if someone uses his method or even "illegal" downloading, it's not stealing, it's copying.

The BMW unlocked, that would be stealing since the owner no longer has it
 

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Interpol said:
You know what? Whatever. If this is how you want to save a few bucks, go ahead. Shame on AOL for having such lax security/DRM that they allow opportunistic cheapskates like yourself to come up with workarounds to get things for free that they otherwise would be paying for. It's obvious no amount of reasoning will make you realize what you're doing is pretty lame.

Once a moderator sees this thread it'll most likely be deleted anyway. Good riddance.
Uh, I think you're really overreacting. First of all, there is NO DRM on these at all, so it's not like he's "cracking" the files or doing anything illegal. And I'm pretty sure the videos are being downloaded to your browser's cache, so it's just a matter of knowing where they are. They're not just streamed from the source.

Also, unless I'm mistaken the very idea of paying to download a music video didn't exist until Apple decided to start charging $1.99 for the privilege. Music videos have always served as commercials for the songs in them -- their purpose was to get people to buy the album or to buy tickets to see the artist. They weren't commodities in and of themselves.

What if Apple starts charging to download movie trailers? Will it then become immoral to download and convert them on your own?
 
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if you use windows AOL seems to force the use of a Flash based player not quicktime..i guess for now its a mac thing
 

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I got interested in this too about a week ago, I was looking for that damn fatboy slim song.. weapon of choice. Well low and behold the US itunes store has this video, but not the canadian. WHAT?!?! So I went searching for a free alternative. Seems that all you need is an mms ripper and a firefox extention to get the mms links easily in launch or aol or any other streaming music video site to get these videos. Mind you it doesn't come preconverted into something for the ipod, but I got weapon of choice after about 5 minutes of searching for the two tools above.
 

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well, apple charging $1.99 is really a convenience charge. you can 'conviently' download them at itunes rather than going through the process of looking at your cache and using other techniques. is it ridiculous that apple is charging for these music videos (which icruise puts it right that these videos are only advertising the music)?? would you ever buy a commercial? that's for a person to decide. but if someone really wants these music videos and don't know where to get them, then its justifiable for apple to charge them $1.99.
 

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too bad you can't get Greenday - Wake Me Up When September Ends on iTunes store..
 

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captainvideo said:
You're allowed to record songs off the radio. (People have been doing this for years, it's called a tape recorder.)
You're also allowed to record movies off TV. (People have been doing this for years, it's called a VCR.)

Brilliant.
Yes...but @ the end of the day, the majority still want the authetic brand in it's own packaging not the knockoffs on the corner.
 
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