Youtube is vooral bekend van filmpjes op internet. Iedereen kan filmpjes uploaden die dan voor iedereen zichtbaar zijn. Youtube wil nu echter ook een stapje verder gaan. Het dochterbedrijf van Google gaat nu ook handel drijven in games en muziek. Hoe dat precies in zijn werking zal gaan kun je hieronder lezen in het officiële persbericht hierover. Youtube gebruikers zullen in de toekomst dan de mogelijkheid krijgen om games te downloaden. Lees hieronder meer.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – YouTube, the world’s most popular video-sharing site, will start to sell music and video games and experiment with new advertising formats to grow revenue, executives said on Tuesday.
The Google-owned business is taking the first steps toward building an e-commerce service through which it will sell music, films, TV shows, video games, books, concert tickets and other media-related products featured on the millions of videos on YouTube.
Visitors to YouTube.com can buy songs from music videos they watch on the site by clicking on buttons that take them either to Amazon.com Inc’s MP3 store or Apple Inc’s iTunes store.
YouTube users will also be able to buy video games, such as Electronic Arts Inc’s sci-fi game "Spore" through the Amazon link.
Amazon and iTunes will share revenue with YouTube when users buy content through the partnership.
Investors have been asking Google when it would start to generate meaningful revenue and earnings from YouTube, for which the Web search leader paid $1.65 billion in 2006.
Google does not break out YouTube’s financials, but analysts at Piper Jaffray Research estimated that the video site would earn about $200 million in revenue in 2009, compared with estimates of around $27 billion for Google.
Until now, YouTube has mainly pointed to advertising sales as its main source of income. It is still experimenting with a range of formats to take full advantage of the massive popularity of the site, which has nearly 13 hours of video uploaded every minute.