Google Making YouTube Video Download Tools Extinct

The IT Chronicle reports that Google-owned YouTube is shutting down tools that help users download and save its videos to their computers, starting with a popular TechCrunch program.

The IT Chronicle quotes TechCrunch:

It’s not surprising that YouTube would begin cracking down. In fact, I wasn’t aware of that ToS clause listed above. So will downloading YouTube videos now become as frowned upon (to put it mildly) as BitTorrent? Hard to believe that YouTube could close all the holes to downloading (there are so many ways, and many of them free, and still working, when we tried recently).

Do you think the move will help or hurt YouTube in the long run?

YouTube Begins to Kill Off Video Download Tools [The IT Chronicle]