YouTube to add download-like feature

YouTube will add a feature that lets viewers watch videos they've "added" to their device even when they're not connected to the Internet. In other words, official downloads are coming to YouTube.

YouTube announced the change on its Creators Blog. It told content creators it will add the feature "so your fans' ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute."

The videos will only be available for offline viewing for "a short period," YouTube's blog post said. Furthermore, YouTube content creators can opt out if they don't want anyone downloading their videos that way, YouTube told AllThingsD.

Other companies have offered unofficial ways to download video from YouTube through third-party software, but that violates the site's policies.

For more:
- read the blog post here 
AllThingsD had this report 
TechCrunch had this report

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