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get-youtube-videos-to-iPod If you love short videos you’ll definitely love YouTube. And if you own an iPod, you’ll quickly see that the tubes and the pods are made for one another. The problem is, figuring out how to get YouTube videos on your iPod is easier said than done.

For the start, you can’t just download YouTube videos directly from the site. You’ll need some help 4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net 4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net Don't have a stable connection? You can still enjoy your favorite YouTube videos in high quality and at any times. All you have to do is choose one of the tools below, choose your format... Read More to do it. And after you finally get the videos you want, they couldn’t be played on your iPod because of the differences in file format.

So, to be able to get YouTube videos on your iPod, you’ll need to:

    1. Find and download the videos that you want.
    2. Convert the videos into the format that iPod understands.
    3. Import the converted videos into iPod.

There are countless ways to achieve those objective and finally get YouTube videos on your iPod, from the unknown tools and the alternatives 18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet 18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet Video is the future, as it's now everywhere you look online. In this article we reveal how to download (almost) any video off the internet. Read More to the one click solution Play and Download YouTube Videos On Your Mac with MacTubes Play and Download YouTube Videos On Your Mac with MacTubes Read More . But I’d like to cover a bit different angle here; a thorough method and yet simple and general enough that anybody could use.

1. The Converting

Assuming that every person has his/her personal preferences of videos, I won’t discuss about choosing which videos to download. I also save the downloading for later and will instead start with the video conversion process.

The reason is simple, not everybody has enough horsepower in their machine to make the process less time consuming. And with all the free online Top Online File Converters (Video, Audio, Images ...) Top Online File Converters (Video, Audio, Images ...) Read More and desktop video converters 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters Read More out there, it would be logical to let the expert do the conversion while we can make use our computers to do something else. So, the only thing we need to do is downloading the end result.

The one that I will use here is the good ‘ol Zamzar (which strangely still in beta).

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There are four easy steps to follow

  1. Insert the YouTube video’s URL, such as ""
  2. Choose the format to convert the file to. There’s "iPod" as one of the format choice. But if you are not using Zamzar and there’s no iPod in the option, you would want to choose the format which is playable by iPod like MP4.
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  4. Enter your email address as Zamzar will send you email with the download link after the conversion process is done.
  5. Click "Convert", then "OK" on the pop-up confirmation window, and you can continue working on whatever you are working while waiting for the email to arrive.
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2. The Downloading

There’s nothing much to tell in this part. You get the email and you click the link in it.

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You’ll directed to the download page where your already converted YouTube video is waiting. Another click is needed here. Then you wait until the downloading process is finished.

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Please note that if you are using the free version of Zamzar, your download link will only valid for 24 hours.

3. The Importing

Now, the for the most fun step: importing.

But first thing first, don’t forget to rename the file to something ‘understandable’ since YouTube files tend to have ‘inhumane’ names.

And to import the video to iPod, you have to import it first to iTunes. All you’ve got to do is right click on the file and choose "Open With" and then "iTunes". If there’s no iTunes in the list, choose "Other" then pick "iTunes" from the pop-up list of application.

how do i get youtube videos on my ipod

The video will reside in the iTunes folder and the next time you synchronize your iPod and iTunes, the video will automatically copied to iPod’s hard drive and ready to be watched.

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If your iPod is not set to import the movies from iTunes, change the preferences by going to the device folder on the left side of iTunes and choose Movies tab. Give check mark to the "Sync movies" option.

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Of course, synchronizing with iTunes is not the one and only way how to get YouTube videos on your iPod. There are other tools which have already been discussed here How To Manage Your iPod with SharePod How To Manage Your iPod with SharePod Read More and here 5 Ways to Sync Music to Your iPhone Without iTunes 5 Ways to Sync Music to Your iPhone Without iTunes Don't wrestle with iTunes to get music onto your iPhone, use one of these alternative methods and workarounds instead. Read More so I won’t talk about it anymore.

One final note, the process I went through here is done using a Mac, but it is more or less the same thing under Windows.

Do you watch YouTube videos on iPod? Do you have other method of getting the tubes to the pod? Share using the comment below.

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  1. Yan
    August 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Zamzar are becoming very, very, very invasive.

    I have 2 solutions that, in my opinion, are way more effective and simple than Zamzar.

    For one simple vidéo, you simply add the letters "kick" in the youtube url like this. Let's say the viseo you want is at this URL:

    Just add the letters KICK before the word YOUTUBE.

    And you'll be able to download the video in the format of your choice.

    You also have the option of turning a Youtube channel in a podcast feed. Just copy the channel URL and paste it in this page:

    You can choose the mp4 format and then tt will generate an rss feed out of this Youtube Channel. Paste that rss feed in iTunes and you'll get each episode right into your iPod.


  2. ew
    August 7, 2009 at 5:07 am

    well, if they did at zamzar, they never told me and my friende, who have been using that service for a couple of years.

    I do not even know, if they send me spam, coz gmail spam filter is pretty good :)

  3. jasongabrilla
    August 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    right. the basic topic "How to Get YouTube Videos On Your iPod" seems hot and cool. but based on my experience, the output quality of Zamzar is not that good enough comparing with or other desktop apps.

    by the way, relating to this hot topic, i remember that i had one similar article days ago called "How to Rip Video from MySpace Video to iPod" for those MySpace users. Certainly, Zarmar is also an easy option for MySpace users. :-)