Don't be surprised if Windows Phone's new YouTube app gets blocked soon

Don't be surprised if Windows Phone's new YouTube app gets blocked soon
Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of the YouTube app for Windows Phone 8, and the initial reaction has been pretty positive. The app is a huge upgrade, which wasn't that difficult since the stock YouTube app was just a link to the YouTube mobile site before, but the app is also breaking a couple key terms of service. So, don't be surprised if the app gets blocked soon.

PhoneArena user clevername let us know that the app offered an option to download videos to your device, and it has also been confirmed that the new app strips out the ads from YouTube videos. Both of these may be features that users enjoy, but both are also explicitly in violation of the YouTube terms of service. Section II of the ToS states:

Microsoft has admitted that it had to "re-architect" the YouTube API in order to make the app work. Google has yet to comment on the situation, but it seems that the two companies may not be as good as we first thought when we saw the app update released. Google usually doesn't take too well to apps messing with ads, not only for its own revenue, but because YouTube content creators often rely on that ad revenue

source: ReadWrite & Neowin



42. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

if I want to see any YouTube videos, I just use IE app

39. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

and what about youtube download apps in play store??

38. drjekel_mrhyde

Posts: 2; Member since: May 10, 2013

I bet the same people defending Google have ad-block on right now

36. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol..lot of MS trolls... it'll be fine for them if MS violates the rules...but what if google did this???? Everyone will start to complain that google has violated the rules...

32. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Too many Windows humpers in comment section...what are you people trying to defend? Illicit violation of terms of service? Guaranteed if you circumvented MS API's and got Live for free they'd come knocking with an army of Lawyers, so what you are saying is it's ok to break the ToS and do whatever you feel like? This is what I am understanding from the hate spewed toward Google for blocking the app(which they haven't done yet) but this story does say that it is in direct violation of YouTube's terms of service. I laugh at the liar who says YouTube was better before Google bought it, fishing for crap to throw eh? Why lie, YouTube is fine and since it's so damn big it's costing more money to upkeep it, you expect it to remain absolutely free forever? People who get things for free are the most annoy parasites ever, they expect things to remain that way forever even when billions start using it and somehow magically the company hosting pays their tech in fairy dust and unicorn horns. When people hate they tend to make no damn sense when they try to defend their point and from reading this comment section, looks like there is a whole lot of that not making sense going on in here. MS knows they have to go through Google to get a YouTube app for their Platform, but as the yields on MS mobile OS are low, Google will release it when there is enough for it to matter to them. They have Android and other OS's to deal with among other things, relax and buy more Windows phones if you want YouTube on there faster.

40. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

For one you do not get anything from free you google-loving retard. Two, you want to talk about MS violating ToS when Youtube illegally hosting content it is not licensing? Do a search of the band Tool or do a search of Johnny Cash. You will find ENTIRE ALBUMs on the website illegally hosted by Youtube. Every artist has known for years that all Youtube is nothing but a site where you can get illegaly hosted content (because Youtube DOES NOT PAY LICENSING FEES) for "free" to which Google is making money off it via Ads and Data. If you are going to attack MS for violating ToS then show some integrity and honesty and attack google for hosting content that is Illegal under US Law. Until then your Moral High Horse is nothing more then a "I love google!" bias. I am sorry i do not know why you defend Google. Do they pay you to be a brand obsessed whore? Is Gmail or their so called "free services" actually enhance your life in any meaningful way? Or are you a poor silly fool who thinks that google will some how make your life better when it has been proven that they will collect your data and hand it over to the government. They already broke US law by censoring and providing user Data of chinese users to the Chinese Government.

28. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Yo, F U C K 'Gaagle'

21. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

this changes nothing, as soon as they "fix" this app or pull it out of marketplace, there will be thousands of better apps doing the same and better, outside of the marketplace and out of google reach

13. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Ads are the main reason I've stopped viewing content on youtube. In my opinion, it won't be long before "subscription" services dominate the internet.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Ah, I see. So you can't even be bothered to spend thirty seconds to watch an ad or have a tiny banner (which is closeable) at the bottom in order to get your ABSOLUTELY, ONE HUNDRED FUC.KING PERCENT FREE CONTENT, which costs BILLIONS OF FUC.KING DOLLARS TO HOST? Entitled pieces of s**t like you are one of the biggest things wrong with the world.

17. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

So you are saying you come onto this website and click on every banner? It's actually people like you who are the problem. I would gladly pay for content then watch it with adverts and logos that will eventually cheapen the product. Also The people who post content get very little ad revenue via those adverts. Google makes the money but for a person to make money they have to have an absurd amount of views to generate any real money. Youtube was better before Google purchased it and began to use it for another advert and data colection repository. Do not even try to play the whole "It cost money to host" as google makes a s**t ton of money just from you viewing the content. Also, much of the content on Youtube is illegal under copyright. I can say that as a fact because I can sit down and make a playlist that is better then anything i can do on Pandora, Slacker, Rdio, Mog, and Spotify. All of those companies must license their content from music industry... Google Hosts it illegally and knows it but makes plenty of money from it.

19. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

lol they just started doing paid subscriptions!

27. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

oh what that is worth talking about? I can buy content on the site for 9.99 but why should i when Netflix has better s**t?

23. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I got tired of the ads too. All you have to do is install Ad Block Plus in either Chrome or Firefox and no more video ads from just about any site.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Wouldn't it be Google that is producing the YouTube app? And wouldn't it have to go through Microsoft first in order to get into the Microsoft Store?

22. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Google has only made a half-baked Search app for WP, and refuses to develop for the platform until it has more market share. So, Microsoft built the YouTube app itself.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So when i mention "Half-Baked"™ PhoneArena gives me a warning every-time i use this, and it's ok for you and other users to phrase that, unbelievable and biased, pathetic. Do explain and clarify Micheal Heller™ i've stopped using the word ™Half-Baked™ now, wondering, thinking surely i'le be receiving a warning on the Email©

31. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, PA gave you a warning, but the reason is not the "Half-Baked" you mentioned, the reason is that you always troll on articles, you are unstoppable, naughty, idiotic. Stop trolling and be a goody guy TROLL. You've stopped using the word "Half-Baked" now, but if you keep on trolling, you will get "Fully-Baked".

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

absolutely correct, they made by their self not google. so i don't see any block from google.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Oh hai, we're Microsoft. We tax every Google Android phone while not giving them any ad revenue, advertise on TV about scroggled, and wonder why they don't like us"

14. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

LMFAO... How much of youtube's advertising revenue goes to people like PSY, Rebecca Black, or the owners of "Grumpy Cat" and "Charlie bit my finger" ??? How much ad revenue did google donate to the family of the "Star Wars Kid", who ended up in a mental institution after his video went viral on youtube ?? Google's whole business model is based on exploiting others, so please don't talk crap.

30. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

You setup a video distribution network which serves terrabytes of video a day and charge $0 for unlimited uploads and views.

9. JesterB

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Its interesting that few years ago everyone would complain how apple was trying to corner the market. Now that Google is doing the same thing everyone is praising them for it.... Funny how that works.

16. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Google main income is ads, they create hundreds of great free applications just to get revenues from ads, and their main target is large companies. Apple created the IPhone, it's the most expensive smartphone, and all it's major apps, add-ons, accessories, contents cost too much, because Apple main target is to get profit from everyone (manufactures and consumers). So Google will do anything to keep its revenues and yes they must block the application (no more lawsuits).

18. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Google's Applications aren't free. You pay for it in the form of information that they profit from. So in truth you are heaping praise on this company for saying "hey we will let you use this product if we can void your privacy.". You actually are paying more using their "free service" because they are acquiring info from you when long ago they would have to pay for it. It's like living in a house for "free" when the owner is doing a Truman show on you. What is most disturbing is all the data google collects they do not in any form delete that info.

20. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

you're probably right, but how much is my personal info actually worth to me? if you could show that i could possibly be loosing $50 by giving Google my data i might just stop using Google services

29. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

If I knew what sites you visited and could list everything to even the s**t you would be too damned ashamed to admit to. Would you pay me? If your private info isn't worth 50 bucks then can you take all the locks off your doors, put video cameras in every room, and let everyone see what you are doing daily at every hour? Don't worry you can wear a bag on your head to protect your "iD". Mother Jones (magazine) did a google search of Eric Schmidt using the info Google collected on him. Google was so incensed and embarrassed that they threatened the mag before backing down. Google Services are not worth the Price you pay. All google has proven is if you offer something for "free" aka no money changing hands, people will be willing to pay the price of privacy. Google has proven especially with Orkut and in China that they are willing to hand over the data they collect to governments.

41. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

mmm, so do you think only Google do that??? Do you think that Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, etc... keep your information safe??? and i am not talking about collecting data regarding sites you are visiting the most, or ads you are interesting or so, i am talking about sensual information like pictures, private messages, emails, contacts, phone numbers, current location etc... Do you have any doubt that those other companies will refuse a request from the Pentagon, CIA, FBI or others??? If you are really afraid about your private data, then provide fake ones, it's easy, just don't use your real name or your mobile, never upload photos or videos, use proxy to hide your IP, and never use your credit cards. So mainly it's either you accept the fact that there is no more individual privacy in the world, or JUST STOP USING THE INTERNET. PS: Also stay at home, because surveillance cameras can recognize faces now :p

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wondered about the downloading part. With the YouTube website you have to find a secondary and probably illegal program to download content. And much as I hate YouTube ads, if that's what makes content generation affordable I can't argue with them.

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

it's Google's fault for leaving WP users out. besides those two features can be easily disabled by the developer

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