One benefit of being owned by Google has to be the mind-boggling amounts of server space they have available, with something like 45 or 50 massive data centres located around the world and an estimated 500,000 servers or so in total (you can find them quite easily — look for the football-field sized building with no windows and a four-storey air-conditioning system attached, right next door to a big dam).

YouTube is rolling out some of the benefits of that arrangement: it just announced that uploaders can now use a multi-file upload tool, and the maximum file size has been boosted by a factor of ten to 1 gigabyte from 100 megabytes (although they still can’t be any longer than 10 minutes). Just think — that means high-definition versions of Soulja Boy’s new dance and the latest LOLcatz video are coming your way.

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6 Responses to “YouTube boosts file size limits”
  1. Yeah, YouTube boosting file size to a GB is impressive. In theory, it should mean you could upload almost uncompressed DV footage without having to go through an extra encode step – might give you slightly better quality. But this I wonder? Who’s got the time and computer resources to tie up for 3-4 hour uploads for a single videos. As long the providers continue to CAP UPLOAD SPEEDS, YouTube could goto 10GB limits… and I’m not sure we Canadians could really take efficient advantage.

  2. That’s a good point, Richard.

  3. Internet speeds are increasing. Our internet provider does not offer 1M/1M speeds anymore, the slowest speed is now 10M/10M. And of course, no monthly limits. Price for 10M/10M? 14€ per month.

  4. I t is ok i guess. To Over the Ocean yeah try living in the UK where we constantly get ripped off by our ISP.
    I’m paying £14.99 for 8mb speed max.

  5. It is ok for you people with no usage limits i guess. To Over the Ocean: yeah try living in the UK where we constantly get ripped off by our ISP.
    I’m paying £14.99 for 8mb speed max and i’ve got a measly 10GB usage allowance…i have to pay £24:99 per month for that. Even then they cap your internet speed if you are a heavy user.

  6. It is ok for you people with no usage limits i guess. To Over the Ocean: yeah try living in the UK where we constantly get ripped off by our ISP.
    I’m paying £14.99 for 8mb speed max and i’ve got a measly 10GB usage allowance. I have to pay £24.99 per month for “UNLIMITED”. Even then they cap your internet speed if you are a heavy user.

    Sorry for triple posting.

    Could a moderator please delete the previous 2 posts?

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