The official YouTube Blog ran a post explaining everything. "Building upon our existing APIs for querying the YouTube library and playing embedded YouTube videos, we have added the following new API services for external developers and partners":
* Upload videos and video responses to YouTube * Add/Edit user and video metadata (titles, descriptions, ratings, comments, favorites, contacts, etc) * Fetch localized standard feeds (most viewed, top rated, etc.) for 18 international locales * Perform custom queries optimized for 18 international locales * Customize player UI and control video playback (pause, play, stop, etc.) through software.
What does all this mean? This new functionality allows any business to build a Web site and upload videos straight to YouTube. They can then retrieve video feeds, comments, responses, or playlists from YouTube.
"For users, the exciting news is that they will be able to actively participate in the YouTube community from just about anywhere, including the online destinations and Web communities they already love and visit regularly. For partners and developers, YouTube has grown into much more than a Web site," reads the blog entry. "It has become an open, general purpose, video services platform, available for use by just about any third-party Web site, desktop application, or consumer device."
So, the question is, what are you going to do with all this new functionality? Have at it.