Microsoft and Google now "working together" on YouTube Windows Phone app

There's been a war of words between Microsoft and Google over the release of Microsoft's revamped YouTube app for Windows Phone for the last couple of weeks. Today, it looks like the two companies have finally called a truce, but at the expense of the new app.

Earlier today, Microsoft sent Neowin a brief email, which is credited as a joint statement from Microsoft and YouTube, concerning the status of Microsoft's latest Windows Phone YouTube app. We have posted that statement below in full:

Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.

If you have been keeping up on this story, you know that Microsoft's 2.0 version of the YouTube app, launched on May 7th, did not display Google's ads. About a week later, Google sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter, demanding that the downloads for the app be halted, as Google felt the app was violating the terms of YouTube's API.

Microsoft replied they would be happy to put in ads, if Google would allow full access to the YouTube APIs for their Windows Phone app. Today's new statement would seem to be a compromise for both parties, with Microsoft pulling the new YouTube app and Google seemingly now prepared to offer access to the full API set for YouTube so that Microsoft can create an app that complies with Google's rules.

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I wasn't considering adblock to be piracy. Adblocking isn't piracy, it is only actual deprivation of money from content makers, and not a theoretical one like piracy.

But you're definitely right that Google didn't provide an API for it, so it's great to see they're going to address that in the future, hopefully the API will be rolled into the main API for 3rd party developers.

Awesome! Seems like Microsoft's bold move worked. Google didn't want to make an app of their own, refused to give access to MS and was actively working to keep WP small. So Microsoft build their own full featured app without premision.

They actually crossed the line with some of the features so Google thought they had a case against them. Then Microsoft immediatly dropped those features. Google could then continue the case based on the remaining offenses. But those were actually their own fault because they refused access.

In a way it would have been even better if Google had continued their case. Microsoft could have had a major victory over them. But it was a win/win situation for them anyway.

To be honest this is not a good thing. I'm a huge fan of Google and Android, but Google did a poor job designing a youtube app for android.
They will design it in a way that you can't run it in the background so you could use it as an app to stream music. 9 out of 10 times I use Youtube to play music not to watch videos.

Renvy said,
To be honest this is not a good thing. I'm a huge fan of Google and Android, but Google did a poor job designing a youtube app for android.
They will design it in a way that you can't run it in the background so you could use it as an app to stream music. 9 out of 10 times I use Youtube to play music not to watch videos.

Why on earth would you use you tube for music?

Cause Google have made it clear that they are the only ones allowed to make a yt app on other platforms, if ms makes the app now it will use the old iframe, which is not much better than the mobile site.

Boo hoo, I can't listen to music on YouTube. I can't listen to music on my TV and have the screen turned off. My TV is horrible.

Google should come out with a Music App on Android that allows me to upload my own music on their server and allow me to stream it to my devices. Perhaps they should also come out with a paid service similar to Spotify to allow me to listen to music I don't own. Then Google would be the perfect company.

DarkNet said,
Perhaps they should also come out with a paid service similar to Spotify to allow me to listen to music I don't own. Then Google would be the perfect company.

Is this sarcasm?

HawkMan said,

Why on earth would you use you tube for music?

Yes I could use spotify. But there are certain channels on Youtube that I follow who on regular basis bring out new music, I like. I know the quality isn't the best but on 720p the music is good enough for my ears.

Renvy said,

Is this sarcasm?

Go with what your gut instinct tells you.

Renvy said,

Yes I could use spotify. But there are certain channels on Youtube that I follow who on regular basis bring out new music, I like. I know the quality isn't the best but on 720p the music is good enough for my ears.

I really would like to know what this mythical channel that Spotify or Google Music doesn't cover. On top of that, you are streaming hefty for 720p


I guess it's a personal choise of wich service you like the most. I was most familiar with youtube.
My internet capacity is sort of unlimited so I don't care.

According MS, Google is evil that spy on us. And now, MS and Google are working together ;-)

So, we have two options:
a) Google is not evil anymore.
b) MS is sacrificing the privacy of WP users.
Pick one.

Microsoft is scared of Google. Microsoft doesn't believe the BS they have been saying all this time. It's only paranoid i***ts that believe that crap. They are hoping that their campaign can scare foolish people away from Google to use their own crappy mobile products.

It's a little more complicated then simply using a registered trademark for another product. Microsoft's YouTube app played YouTube videos, not DailyMotion or Vimeo videos.

See here:

YouTube is consistently one of the top apps downloaded by smartphone users on all platforms, but Google has refused to work with us to develop an app on par with the apps for other platforms. Since we updated the YouTube app to ensure our mutual customers a similar YouTube experience, ratings and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. We'd be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs. In light of Larry Page's comments today calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers.

http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...-if-we-can-use-googles-apis

As I said before, it was a necessary evil. If Microsoft played fair, then they wouldn't have reached where they are right now with Google. I wish it would have played out differently but that's what happens when you try to ignore a potential 3rd player in the smartphone OS game.

Google had to settle for this!

With billions in pocket they never made apps for Win8 to disappoint users in their Microsoft related experience.

Now that the inevitable has happened, they cried at first about their ad revenue and now working with MS for the same. NO OTHER REASON!

They just want people to be more inclined towards buying their SPYWARE "ANDROID".

So is the new app going to be the only mobile app that shows apps? Even Google's own mobile site (which the current WP YouTube app is a wrapper of) doesn't display apps. The YouTube app on iOS doesn't show ads (and never has), Android, BlackBerry - no ads. So why is Google forcing MS to put ads in the new app?

Not going to download it and can live without watching retarded YouTube videos. Hope independent services like Vevo take over eventually.

I hope for a METRO windows 8 app for chrome instead of that same old Trapezoid shaped tabs look. If there will be an official youtube app, there needs to be less frequent ads due to adblocker not being avaliable.

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