Daily Archives: January 31, 2009

YouTube Alternatives


I admit– I’m not a big fan of YouTube (I’m not going to link it. If you don’t know what it is, I can’t help you). I don’t know what it is about the site… Perhaps it’s nothing more than the fact that “YouTube” is now a synonym with “bad, amateur video.” I also really don’t like the design of the site and the windows. Again, there’s not really any substantial reason for it– I just don’t like it. It’s impossible, however, to deny that YouTube has become the premier venue for video on the internet. I prefer Google Video, but since YouTube is owned by Google, it’s not much of a difference anymore, to be honest. That alone is a testament to how comprehensive the site’s library is. Anything that can pace Google is noteworthy indeed.

Anyway, the point is that I want to take this space to share my preferred alternative to YouTube. Vimeo is just a better designed system, in my opinion. Now, if you want to post a video and have it go viral, then Vimeo’s not the site for you. YouTube has proven that it can make anyone a celebrity, and no other site has the viewership to match that. If, however, you’re looking for a site to host videos, especially for embedding in blogs and other websites, Vimeo’s design wins. It’s also nice to support sites other than the giant monopoly that is YouTube.

I’ll cut to the music now, because a song just cued up that I have to share. This first track isn’t technically exceptional as a mash-up, but what it does have is dialogue from The Warriors! Awesome. (Update– I just accidentally played this track on top of itself at just the right moment, and it sounds incredible! Hopefully this can be a new campfire-round song)

I’ve heard the instrumental from this second track in a few different mashes, but I think this is the most effective one, so far.

Finally, here’s an official mash-up! I don’t know which band had the idea, but you can definitely tell that it’s officially produced– the technical quality is pristine. It makes me wish that more artists would take this route. If Jay-Z can do it, so can you!