It's difficult to find a precise definition of YouTube because there are so many different content on the platform that you can consume. One thing is for sure though: YouTube is the place where music and especially music videos can be found. However, older videos often have a poor quality and are sometimes only found with a hideous 360p. Thankfully, YouTube wants to change that. The platform and Universal Music Group have just announced that they've remastered some iconic music videos from the past that seamlessly replace the old versions already available online.
Employees have started offering over 100 music videos in this remastered video and audio quality. but they promise there will still be more than 1
As of today, you'll find exclusively on YouTube more than 100 music videos in the highest available video and audio quality, including titles by Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, George Strait, Janet Jackson , Kiss, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Meatloaf, No Doubt / Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, The Murderers, Tom Petty and more!
If you look at some of the linked videos, the video quality does not seem to improve much. In particular, Lady Gaga's Bad Romance still looks pretty blurry, but I do not have the originally uploaded video as a reference, so who knows what it looked like before the HD upgrade. In any case, the audio quality seems to be pretty good.
Unfortunately, YouTube creates a two-tier system here. An average Joe can not remaster old videos and re-upload them without losing their original view numbers. I suspect the platform fears that bad actors could replace old videos or postpone their statements, especially given the recent controversy surrounding the video network.