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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Nelson
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2005-11-29

Yet Microsoft's app intentionally allows downloads and strips out ads and you blame Google?


Microsoft's app does not strip out ads, they were never there to begin with. If the relevant APIs where available, Microsoft would be glad to provide them.

If the API was the problem, then surely Microsoft wouldn't even have been able to write the app to begin with. Yet they have one, and decided NOT to follow the rules. What a shocker!


No, you can write a YouTube app using unofficial APIs which doesn't display ads, which is what Microsoft and other third party YouTube clients do.

Microsoft's YouTube app is nothing more than a really, really good 3rd party app. If you look at the network requests it makes, they're identical to those of MetroTube or other hacked API clients.

On the topic of downloading, that was legitimately a stupid move, but my gut feeling is they wanted to force Google's hand here to an extent.

What's funny is that MetroTube has more downloads than the Windows Phone version of YouTube (and they're on Windows 8!) and they don't draw the ire of Google, despite doing arguably more harm to content creators.

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