YouTube: Over 100 hours of video uploaded every minute

It's hard to believe there was a time where we didn't have YouTube around, but it's true – the video sharing website launched just eight years ago today. A little over a year later, Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion. It was a huge amount at the time but now it seems that Google bought YouTube for a bargain.

Today, the YouTube blog announced that the video-sharing website now gets over 100 hours of content uploaded on the site every minute. That's just over four worth days of video. Doing the math, that means YouTube handles 6,000 hours of video uploads every hour, or 250 days worth of watching cute cat or Korean pop singer clips.

2013 has already been a year of milestones for YouTube. Google announced in March that the site now has over one billion unique visitors a month, and this month YouTube announced a pilot program for paid channel subscriptions and also revealed it would allow channels with over 1,000 subscribers to add live streaming features.

Not everything has been smooth for Google and YouTube lately, however. The company sent Microsoft a notice to discontinue its revamped YouTube app for Windows Phone, claiming that the app's removal of ads violates YouTube's rules. Microsoft says it will put ads back in the app if Google gives full access to YouTube's API.

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Dan~ said,
Majority of Youtube uploads, are just a waste of good bandwidh

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

One billion (wo)men's a month, actually.

I thought Google DIDN'T create Youtube... they acquired Youtube from someone else..

Correct me if i am wrong...

no correction on your part needed, you are right.

google merely acquired yt...but I have hated and continue to hate the way google has handled youtube.
the mandatory one channel (in june) design is just going to ruin it all for me.

Indeed, celebrate a site that you bought and have been progressively ruining ever since you got your grubby incompetent paws on it Google.

Disgusting.

YouTube was losing money before Google purchased it and streaming video is expensive. They had to have those ads to remain financially viable.

korupt_one said,
and all those silly ads from google, that we didn't have before they purchased YT. Wish there was a real alternative to this.

There is alternatives, but the content providers need to pay for the bandwidth on the sites and a lot of the stuff on YouTube isn't what they'd upload if they were out of pocket for doing so.

Then we have the problem of actually finding videos. Youtube, apart from its content, is very good at providing a indexing service of the videos, great search function with tags/replys etc, all make up the experience that others such as Vimeo can't seem to beat (or even want to) since most of their content is already paid for and used for embedding on customer sites.

Life would be great without having to watch a forced 30 second advert for the 10th time in a row for a 90 second video clip.

The best we can get is using custom youtube apps or websites, you'll still be getting the same youtube content, but just in a different way.

korupt_one said,
and all those silly ads from google, that we didn't have before they purchased YT. Wish there was a real alternative to this.

Ad Muncher ftw!

No ads on Youtube and even Hulu ever.

I wonder how much space data-wise YouTube uses, and how much is being written each minute.

100 PB(petabyte) and 10 GB per minute ?

ShareShiz said,
I wonder how much space data-wise YouTube uses, and how much is being written each minute.

100 PB(petabyte) and 10 GB per minute ?

I also wonder. Where the heck is everything stored? Must be a humongous cost to maintain all those hard drives, or whatever is used.