Original quality download of YouTube videos restricted to first 6 months
Currently, you can either download your YouTube videos through the Creator Studio or by heading to the Google Takeout service. However, if you want your downloaded file to be in the original quality, only Google Takeout lets you do that at the moment.
Starting this October, a new change is coming in this regard. YouTube has announced Google Takeout will only allow those videos to be downloaded in original quality that are less than six months old.
If you’d like to download the video anytime after 6 months, you may receive a high quality compressed version (MP4 file with H264 video and AAC audio) at the time of download.
Of course, you’ll still be able to stream your uploaded videos in the original quality, as the change only affects downloads. As for the reason behind the move, the announcement says its part of the company’s efforts aimed at improving bandwidth consumption. Plus, the company also says only a small fraction of users were downloading their videos in original quality anyway.
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