Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 21:46 UTC
Google "Wired has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter sent by Google to Microsoft today, demanding Microsoft immediately remove the YouTube app from its Windows Phone Store and disable existing copies on consumers' devices by May 22. The YouTube app for Windows Phone - developed by Microsoft not Google - strips out ads and allows downloading, both violations of YouTube's terms of service." Incredibly petty. Just come up with a solution, you bunch of kids.
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RE: It isn't petty
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 22:38 UTC in reply to "It isn't petty"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Yeah, it sucks that content creators are getting screwed. Microsoft has been trying for the better part of 3 years to get YouTube on Windows Phone.

Heres' an old statement by Microsoft:

... in 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft’s new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It’s done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn’t offer a competing search service.
Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.

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RE[2]: It isn't petty
by JAlexoid on Thu 16th May 2013 18:12 in reply to "RE: It isn't petty"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Yeah, it sucks that content creators are getting screwed. Microsoft has been trying for the better part of 3 years to get YouTube on Windows Phone.


Oh please... Content creators are free to upload their content to other services. Don't try to increase the "casulaty" department.

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