YouTube opens a vault of 13,000 free live videos


Continuing its march towards streaming dominance, YouTube channel The Music safe announced that he was going to offer over 13,000 free live music videos on its page, which is only dedicated to concerts and live recordings.

The footage added over the past day spans all genres of music and the past five decades. Music Vault says it has already uploaded over 2,000 hours of content. Performances range from single songs to full concerts that can last for hours. On the channel you will find everything from Peter Frampton “I like what you do, honey” to a whole Metallica To display and all the rest.

English: Lynyrd Skynyrd at Oslo Spektrum 2009, Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Music Vault has apparently passed the last two years remastering and editing many uploaded videos, to differentiate them from the hordes of other live videos already available on YouTube (many of which these days are flimsy and have poor sound quality, as you would expect with videos on cellphone). The Music Vault wants to be the destination for high-quality concert videos for every generation.

Additionally, the company hopes the videos will be a way for people of all ages to experience music. To help people in their search for new (or not-so-new) bands, the channel offers many different types of playlists, including Entertainment Weekly’s selected from the Vault and Paste Magazine’s recent collection. There are also specialty channels for artists like santana and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as for genres such as Jazz and the Blues.

“Young music fans will now be able to experience what it was like to see these classic bands at the peak of their powers while their parents relive the thrill of seeing shows they actually attended,” said Bill Antonucci, editor of head of Music Vault.

The Music Vault channel was launched in April by Vault of Wolfgang, which is an online gift shop that sells everything from posters to photographs to, you guessed it, live recordings. The videos were collected from a number of sources, including the archives of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, King Biscuit Flower Time (a live rock and roll radio show), as well as famous festivals like Woodstock and the Newport Folk Festival.

The company said the Over 13,000 videos aren’t all he has to share, and that more are on the way, all to keep your eyes peeled on YouTube. The video site has long been the leader in the world of streaming, but lately the market share has shifted to competitors like
and Spotify. In an attempt to further monetize already existing content, YouTube recently announced that it will be offering an ad-free streaming platform, which has sparked some controversy over the offerings available to all content owners.

Now, if you have a few minutes, here’s a great example of what the Music Vault has to offer: Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” live at Fillmore West from March 1971.

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