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As predicted: Google asks Microsoft to shut down new YouTube app

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As predicted: Google asks Microsoft to shut down new YouTube app
Microsoft recently released a brand new YouTube app for Windows Phone. The app was a huge update and added a ton of features that WP users had been asking for. Unfortunately, it also added some features that Google expressly prohibits in its terms of service. We expected that this would come back to haunt Microsoft and it has. Google has asked that the new YouTube app be shut down.

As we mentioned before, the app from Microsoft was in direct violation of at least two terms of service. The app blocked ads on videos, and it allowed users to download videos directly to their devices. Additionally, Google has said that the app also violates another rule, because it allows users to watch videos that have been set by the publisher to only play on certain devices (ie. some videos are blocked on mobile.)

Google has sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter asking that the company "immediately withdraw this (YouTube) application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013." The full letter is below, and as you would expect, it cites issues of content creator control, and revenue with the WP app.

*Update* Microsoft has responded to Google's cease and desist, saying, "We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs." So, it looks like we're right back to the same old squabble between the two companies. 

  Google letter to Microsoft by Tom Warren

source: WMPU & The Verge

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posted on 15 May 2013, 17:07 32

1. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Bull crap! It will hunt google in the end.

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:12 17

2. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


posted on 15 May 2013, 17:38 13

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


posted on 15 May 2013, 18:00 11

20. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Hunt? Haunt? That's what Microsoft does! It is being run by a group of monkeys since Bill Gates took off. As usual, Microsoft expected to get away with it by doing whatever it wants and disregarding any patent infringements during the development of its YouTube app. I hate bullies.

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:25 3

51. papss (unregistered)

I hate big brother watching everything I do so I guess we both hate things

posted on 16 May 2013, 03:06 1

138. Trex95 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Bill gates busy with his 60 billion $.

posted on 16 May 2013, 00:38 1

128. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Both of them has to stop. Microsoft should not develop app that hack Google service by allowing user to skip the 5 second advertisement and violates copyright. Google should just make a you tube app for Windows Mobile. Save all this hassle.

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:57 12

42. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

What the hell is that Google?

posted on 16 May 2013, 00:02 5

121. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)

good thing i downloaded the app already.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:04 7

62. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

hell yea, hey google and ms shake your hand and make best friendship then we will happy and you both guys will happy, happy ending. Co'mon guys stay friendly so your customers will happy.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:11 5

65. wendygarett (unregistered)

Shameless Microsoft, trying to play pirate game with Google... In order to crave some attention from public... Smh...

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:20 4

69. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


WP8 won't, and arnt allowed this.

Yes really very good news. Me so happy*®

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:25 21

73. windroid (unregistered)

Me so happy with MS response. Makes Google look so stupid.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:34 1

81. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Look whose talking jealous wp8 fan, o don't be sad and cry. U must be in rage and in violent mode, take it easy, Android or else nothing...®

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:43 10

89. windroid (unregistered)

I already told you... I have and use and love my Android tablet. Is just a matter of a dirty game Google is doing, which is a shame for such a nice company. I used to love Google like I did with Apple until they start to play dirty.

In response to the Android fan in rage for such a polite response.

posted on 16 May 2013, 00:23 4

124. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Yeah, because if anyone violates Microsoft's terms and conditions they laugh it off, right?

Google's terms and conditions were in place before this app was created. MS knew they were breaking said terms and went ahead anyway. If the situation were reversed you'd be calling for Google's head on a pike.

posted on 16 May 2013, 00:49 3

132. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Microsoft is "more than happy" to follow the guidelines...they just need Google to provide the proper tools and necessary access....so it comes right back to Google

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:13 17

3. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

No surprises here. Microsoft can't expect to get away when they released an app without permission from google AND Microsoft removed ads from Youtube which can hurt Google's income.

Edit: also having the ability to download videos doesn't help Youtube (and Youtube Partners).

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:31 16

9. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't AdBlock which you can get on Android, Firefox, and Chrome all remove the ads? If so, wouldn't that hurt Google's income? In fact, wouldn't it hurt Google's income even more considering Android's market share in the first quarter was above 70%, of which if even 10% use AdBlock, that would total all WP8 users in the U.S.?

And hey, if you don't want Microsoft to circumvent your authority, why not either provide the app yourself or at least provide the ability for Microsoft to make their own?

Yeah, something tells me ad revenue wasn't their only motive. This is, in layman's terms, plain and simple c***blocking.

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:39 10

14. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

Adblock for Android has been removed if you didn't know. You do have a point about chrome, Adblock exists there.

I'm not saying Microsoft shouldn't make a Youtube App, they should have not allowed users to download videos on Youtube and get rid of ads. Adding these certainly helps the user but it is not good for Google.

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:09 5

22. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Thanks for that info and no I did not know that; I'm not an Android user currently.

I have no qualms in saying that Microsoft should not be enabling features that can hurt the content creators of YouTube. Google has every right to ask Microsoft to take it down for that reason. My only point is that Google is seemingly doing a lot to inhibit WP8 from having even a serviceable YouTube app.

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:43 8

37. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Microsoft & Nokia will eventually sue a few Android OEM's into bankruptcy, and then Google will end up wanting to play more friendly ;o)

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:59 1

60. MartyK (Posts: 946; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Play friendlier?, you must be New to the world of smart phone and lawsuit, because if you wasn't, you would know the only companies who's not trying to play friendly is your beloved Microsoft and Apple!

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:17

68. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

YouTube is only exclusive to his and android, ms wp is not available, and shouldn't be...®

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:51 1

155. znellu (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

You are a waste in the this tech world Troll. I have been reading articles in this website for quite a long time now. All your comments in the articles look so childish and ridiculous. Just look at them yourself. Such stupid statements.
Even Android users don't like what you say. Pathetic... :|

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:50 1

111. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

You know those android OEMs also sell windows phone devices? And most of them already have agreements with them?

posted on 16 May 2013, 00:45

129. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

how is that a good thing?

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:58 1

104. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

so microsoft should care about what is good for google?

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:21 4

105. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Why the F&*^ should users be prevented from downloading videos appearing on youtube?? Google does not own the videos; What it does have is an agreement with the producer/owner of the video to use it exclusively on youtube.

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:13 12

4. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

OK MS Fix it and lets keep going.

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