Remember when music videos were all the rage? Neither do we. It’s easy to forget that MTV stands for music television. But artists still use music videos as a way to promote their material, and the best place to find those is as streaming MP4 videos is on the web. Once you find those videos wouldn’t it be great to be able to keep them in a place where you can watch them again?
MP4 music videos are particularly appealing because the format is ideal for watching on a mobile device. Several sites offer streaming MP4’s of official music videos from established artists, but if you download those videos, you’re probably breaking copyright laws. Most of the videos you’ll find on the sites described below are from up-and-coming independent artists looking for broader exposure. So unless you want to break the law (and seriously, you do not want to run afoul of the RIAA), don’t expect to find the latest Bruno Mars video — or streaming MP4 videos from any artist that you’re likely to have heard of.
But that’s the joy of discovery — you can get in on the ground floor of the next big thing and brag to all your friends that you knew so and so way before they were popular.
HOW TO BOOKMARK AND STREAM MP4 MUSIC VIDEOS
|Build A Library Of Streaming Music Videos
There’s no need to use a lot of space on your computer to save music videos. Get RealPlayer and use the Bookmark feature to save links to your favorite online videos.
With all of the sites described below, you can stream MP4 videos while browsing the site or use RealPlayer to bookmark those music videos so they’re always in your RealPlayer library. When you use RealPlayer to bookmark a video, the video is stored in your RealPlayer library. Then you’ll always know where to find the video, so you won’t have to do a new video search each time you want to watch it.
The main difference between bookmarking a video and downloading a video is that when you bookmark it you need to be connected to the Internet in order to watch it since it streams the video. Downloading a video means it’s saved on your computer and you can watch it with or without an Internet connection.
If you don’t already have RealPlayer, you can download a free version by clicking on the orange button in the top right corner of this page. Once it’s downloaded you’ll have RealPlayer options available when watching a video online. While watching a video, mouse over the top right corner of the clip and you’ll see two options: “Download This Video” and “Bookmark This Video.” Click Bookmark This Video. Bookmarking a video saves the link and a thumbnail of the clip in the RealPlayer library. It’s an easy way to create a library of your favorite MP4 music videos in one spot and save space on your computer.
WHERE TO FIND FREE STREAMING MP4 MUSIC VIDEOS
Along with its infamously snarky record reviews, web-based music publication Pitchfork includes a channel dedicated to music videos, Pitchfork.tv. As you’d expect, it’s focused on the type of independent artists normally covered by the publication. Similarly, IndieTrain is a YouTube-style site dedicated to music videos from independent artists. Many of the videos on both sites are available in high-definition (HD) or standard-definition. Here is a sample of one of the videos on IndieTrain: Artist Zoe Ann performing Someday.
YouTube itself, of course, contains a broad selection of official music videos from well-known artists, as well as videos from independent bands. You can even search specifically for MP4 music videos. The site also features more than 200 music channels that you can subscribe to.
Blastro Networks collects music videos in three channels: Blastro (pop, hip-hop, R&B, Latin, and dance), Roxwel (rock, metal, and indie), and Y’All Wire (country, bluegrass, and Christian). Though you’ll find content from established artists like Rascal Flatts, the network of sites are designed to provide a platform where people can stream MP4 videos of new and unsigned artists, so you can get in on the ground floor of what could be the next big thing in music.
Do you have a favorite source for streaming MP4 music videos by independent artists? Let us know in the comments section.