Sounds a lot of work when you can just take from youtube within seconds
Simple answer is that not all of my current >6000 music videos I have can be found on the internet. People can easily forget that someone has to take the time (be it music/music video/movie/tv show) to load them up (there's no magic fairies that mean they just exist there) and then they can be of comparative shit quality or run into licensing problems etc.
Let's try a quick test by way of example... Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me". Quite a large hit here in Australia in 2010 so relatively recent. I can't find a better than 240p quality video through YouTube or other channels otherwise so far. And in case you haven't realised it from my postings elsewhere, I'm an anal-retentive stickler for completionism and reasonable quality and having things be accessible readily locally.
Let's try another one - Julian Lennon (John's son) for "Now You're In Heaven" (again, no better than 240p found so far) How about the original "Bob The Builder" two novelty hits (Can We Fix It/Mambo No.5) from 2001. And don't try to fob me off with some fan-made or "Lyric" video. I know what the real one looks like. Only exception I'm willing to make on this is where I don't believe an official music video was ever made... I think Bruno Mars' "Marry You" might be an example of this. So if you have any of these at better quality then please point them my way or upload to dropbox or similar if you would be so kind.
I hate the plethora of sites that "offer" MP3 downloads that are just conversions of YouTube videos as well... a lot of the time the actual single and the video soundtrack are two totally separate things. Some are obvious rips from radio streams as well. Again, to ensure quality I usually rip the songs myself from either my personal CD library (yes, I'm even older than that - I come from the days of debating whether Ferrous-Metal-Oxide tapes were superior to other types and whether there was an intangible "warmth" to vinyl recordings - not quite as old as some of my sibling's 8-track days though) or by making use of the myriad number of public libraries around me. Again, that way I know and can control the quality of the rip.
Other (mostly local) Artists won't even have a video on Youtube. Shannon Noll will be familiar to most Australians through one of those reality TV programs that garnered him a "few hits"... not on Youtube unless potentially some really crappy much-later-in-life "live" version and not the one that was the accredited hit. I assume that would similarly be the case for local UK and US artists. USA not-so-bad but the UK charts usually differ more frequently.
Yes, some artists like Christina Aguilera are generous with what they allow to exist on Youtube - some aren't and not all have Vevo (or good resolution Vevo) channels. And I'd prefer my audio quality to be as high as possible also given my desire for compression as well so 256 or 320kbps is nice (I'm not that overzealous to desire flac or other lossless containers) - YouTube seems to cap out at 187 for the most part which I'll bear if I can't do better myself.
You get out of your jukebox what you put into it and I'm particularly proud of the hand-picked selection of songs that I have based mainly on the 1953-current AUS/UK/USA monthly charts instead of the millions and billions or songs that providers offer and (IMHO) not many would ever wish to listen to nor wade through the navigation for. I take immense pride that everything is tagged correctly (given Windows naming-restrictions AC/DC, B*Witched for filenames externally although tagged internally correctly, or slight adjustments for Etouch searching (I use Pink instead of P!nk and Kesha instead of Ke$ha for example since Etouch doesn't allow you enter those through its onscreen keyboard), I am even particular about whether a band was known for having a leading "The"or not - fun with the English Band called "The The") for song title, track artist, album artist, year of (single) release if applicable, genre (such as it is - only allowing one and deciding whether a song is pop, rock, R&B, etc. and only wishing to restrict myself to a selective set of those as well (I don't travel into niches like Grunge or Breakstep and what the hell is progressive, indie or alternative rock these days anyway?) is a pain-in-the arse) Without being racist, not all black singers are automatically thrown into the R&B category - I have the Jacksons (Michael & Janet) in Pop (especially since Michael was known as the King Of Pop), Prince in Rock, James Brown in Soul yet I've left Destiny's Child in R&B. And songs within an artists repertoire can also vary. U2 were stunned when they got a "Best Alternative" grammy one year. Every artist probably has a charting Christmas song or two that I don't want to listen to at any other time of year. I dither over whether The Beatles are Rock Or Pop (and have flipped the tags a few times in the past) but I'm happy to put Paul McCartney's later work in Pop and John Lennon's in Rock.
I'm actually happy that Australian Law now prevents direct access to piratebay and KAT and other sites similar will go down. Having them too accessible (even though a simple proxy workaround exists) has drawn the attention of the internet police so I'm more than happy to regress into the underworld of irc and the dark interweb I learnt to dabble in in my younger days ((remember bulletin boards with the Commodore 64?) if need be and let the script-kiddies flounder when they can no longer get their quick fix of Game Of Thrones or The Walking Dead. You should learn how things work rather than believing you have a push-button entitlement to it.
Okay - that got a little off-topic as I just brain-dumped,,, Anyhoo, by me ripping them (audio & video) myself wherever possible, I can keep a consistent sound level, because to my knowledge so far there's nothing like MP3GAIN for videos and I don't want to try and introduce any on-the-fly volume adjustment on top of ETouch that might slow processing. If you have knowledge of something to address this other than a re-encode with a guess at audio decibel gain adjustment then I'm willing to listen. I''m not against the youtube download (and I frequently make use of such programs for other interests)... I just use it as a last resort.
So, if you understand all that and you're willing to trade with me properly-tagged-for-Etouch music videos that I WOULD BE interested in then let's talk.
Also, whilst I have you here, because I think you're a relatively recent proficient skin maker/adjuster, any chance of you creating a youtube video that's essentially a "Dummies Guide To Basic Etouch Skinning"? Love to contribute something in this vein in the future if I can find the time but reading the manual and attempting various plays in the past still leads me to frustration and cancelling out of the effort. I'd like to know what tags/functions I have access to and where I can use them as well.