Downloading videos from YouTube to play in your phone

Serendipity brought me to the YouTube page of the video of Bob Dylan’s first concert performance with an electric guitar. The high-quality BBC video clip shows the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 booing Dylan before he launched into an electric guitar version of Like A Rolling Stone.

In the YouTube page were links to a playlist of Dylan’s Newport performances, including his earlier acoustic work when he was the aural embodiment of the voice in the wilderness.

I have most of Bob Dylan’s albums but none of these high-quality BBC clips on YouTube of his performances. After hours of repeated listening, I wanted to download the video clips into my phone to listen whenever I wanted to.

Bob Dylan playing in my Sony Ericsson P1i.
BEST LOVE SONG, EVER. Bob Dylan plays Love Minus Zero/No Limit in this video clip that I’ve downloaded and converted to play in my Sony Ericsson P1i.

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Watching World Cup matches online

I finally got to try watching a World Cup game online last night and boy was I blown away. Four years ago, the only option for people who can’t leave the office to view the games in a bar or hotel broadcasting the matches was to monitor the latest scores in text-based websites.

Yesterday, I watched the end of the Australia-Japan match and the start of the United States-Czech Republic encounter via peer-to-peer Internet broadcast of the ESPN 2 feed and the quality was great. (Click on photos to view larger images) It’s a bit better than the quality you get from YouTube and Google videos. You can get the application here. You can also check my previous post on other options in watching the games online.

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Early tomorrow morning, Brazil plays its first match. It will be against Croatia. I’m stocking up on junk food and start praying our Mediocre Electric Company (Meco) in Mactan Island, Cebu doesn’t act up again and cut power to our subdivision. We have been suffering frequent blackouts lately. On second thought, I might just watch the games in Marriot or any of those bars in Cebu City broadcasting the matches.

The beautiful game, online

The World Cup opened last week and many football fans are losing sleep keeping up with the games. I know I am. Live matches aren’t available on my cable TV provider but another company is offering live World Cup matches for a one-time fee. What I watch at home are replays of the games broadcast the next day.

Online, the tools of dissent are helping football fans access the BBCs streaming video coverage of the games, erstwhile limited to UK residents. Public and anonymous proxies used to help dissidents in repressive countries access censored content allow you to view the coverage of the British broadcaster, which is also blogging the event. Here’s a great tip from GHacks.net. In another post, GHacks suggests using TUVPlayer and connecting to ESPN2. I might try it out later tonight.

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