Microsoft updates YouTube for Windows Phone, Google's issues partly addressed

Earlier this month, Microsoft published an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that significantly enhanced its functionality, although as the app didn't comply with a number of Google's guidelines, Microsoft was handed a cease and desist letter to remove the app from the Windows Phone Store. Google specifically complained that the app doesn't show ads to users, which is (of course) YouTube's main revenue stream.

Microsoft said that they would be happy to comply with Google's guidelines and update the app to include ads if given access to their API, and rather than removing the app, today Microsoft has decided to update it to bring it inline with the guidelines. However, the main concern raised by Google over the lack of ads hasn't been addressed in this update; the Windows Phone app is still ad free while watching videos.

What has been addressed is the offline video downloader - a feature that doesn't comply with the guidelines - with the functionality being completely removed from the app. Also, Microsoft has addressed issues surrounding restricted videos, as mentioned in their statement to news outlets:

Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last week. We have been in contact with Google and continue to believe that our two companies can work together to hone an app that benefits our mutual customers, partners and content providers. We're earning new customers every day, with IDC reporting recently that Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain among leading operating systems. We look forward to working with Google to maintain a great YouTube experience for the growing number of people who rely on both of our respective products.

As the original batch of issues haven't been fully resolved with this update, it wouldn't surprise us if Google still demands that Microsoft remove the app from the Store. While the two companies battle it out over YouTube on Windows Phone, users can grab the updated YouTube app from the Windows Phone Store right now.

Source: Engadget

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WMPowerUser are reporting that the new version of the app removes the ability to download videos.

Personally, I can't see any reason to download the updated app and lose features just because Google are upset. I also can't see why I should be subjected to ads in YouTube videos just to satisfy Google. They make more than enough money avoiding paying their taxes.

jakem1 said,
WMPowerUser are reporting that the new version of the app removes the ability to download videos.

Personally, I can't see any reason to download the updated app and lose features just because Google are upset. I also can't see why I should be subjected to ads in YouTube videos just to satisfy Google. They make more than enough money avoiding paying their taxes.


Uh. Maybe so that the content creators can get paid? You do know that there are YouTube users monetizing content, don't you? Or are you just pretending to live in a world where Google is keeping all revenue for themselves?

No, I'm living in a world where Gooogle doesn't pay tax and a world where Google uses other people's content without compensating them. What goes around comes around.

jakem1 said,
No, I'm living in a world where Gooogle doesn't pay tax and a world where Google uses other people's content without compensating them. What goes around comes around.

The claim that people on YouTube aren't compensated is provably false.

Screw you google, I updated before reading this. I understand they need to protect their revenue but the ability to play videos offline is a really good feature. You can't keep putting a small % of revenue in front of customer satisfaction.

Edited by Gaffney, May 23 2013, 12:19am :

Seriously guys, you can't expect Google to just give Microsoft free access to a service that probably costs them huge amounts of bandwidth and processing power. YouTube needs an income too and video creators need to get paid some way.

And still, YouTube is Google's platform. It's completely up to them to decide who/what they allow to access their service.

If Google is unwilling to give equal opportunity for Windows Phone that they give to other platforms, then people have the right to complain because that's monopolizing their service.

For them to take legal action on this for things such as ads, when (1) they won't grant them access to that particular part of the API, and (2) Microsoft openly said they've been trying to work together with them and they refuse to yet Google claims they didn't have a say, when MIcrosoft indeed did give them opportunity to, shows exactly why people have the right to complain.

Also, there are tons of third-party YouTube apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone that don't use ads and have offline downloading capabilities available and they didn't target those.

Hopefully, Google has finally opened up and are willing to work them now that this is all in the limelight.

Ambroos said,
Seriously guys, you can't expect Google to just give Microsoft free access to a service that probably costs them huge amounts of bandwidth and processing power. YouTube needs an income too and video creators need to get paid some way.

And still, YouTube is Google's platform. It's completely up to them to decide who/what they allow to access their service.

Did you even read the article?

IF google is soooooooo in need of the ad revue why don't they make their own windows phone youtube app? Remember google refuses to make an app for wp8 they also refuse to give Microsoft proper access.

So Microsoft went ahead and tried to make their own app for wmp 8 users. IT wouldn't be such a big deal if google made their own app for the platform.

majortom1981 said,
IF google is soooooooo in need of the ad revue why don't they make their own windows phone youtube app?\

Did Google actually come out and say they refuse to make an app for WP? Yes, that is a serious question.

And there are a bunch of popular apps not available for WP and companies are not making them. Like Instragram.

They said at one point that past their Google search app that they had no intent of making any more apps for WP

techbeck said,

Did Google actually come out and say they refuse to make an app for WP? Yes, that is a serious question.

And there are a bunch of popular apps not available for WP and companies are not making them. Like Instragram.


Yes, they said something like "we don't any plans to make more apps for W8/WP".

techbeck said,
That will all change when more people start using WP. Lots of companies are not making apps yet for WP, not just Google.

Not when, if. It's not looking like it's going to get anywhere near as big as iOS or Android.

Ambroos said,

Not when, if. It's not looking like it's going to get anywhere near as big as iOS or Android.

I was being optimistic.

Was probably easier to remove the function to download the videos than it was to include ads. Hopefully the 2 companies will continue to talk and learn to play nice...we shall see tho.

Because it means you don't go back to the website to watch the video again, with another embedded ad you have to sit through.

Tough, I'm not updating this app Google. It's the same as my other WP8 YouTube apps. Download download download, and nary an ad to be seen.

Google: do you seriously expect users to update, just to loose functionality? Any smart user won't and if they did, they should be shot. Google: Just wisen up and grant MS the access they need.

soldier1st said,
Google: do you seriously expect users to update, just to loose functionality? Any smart user won't and if they did, they should be shot. Google: Just wisen up and grant MS the access they need.

Why should Google? Not saying they are right here, but it seems that MS is caving a little by updating their app. And users will eventually have to update. Its inevitable.

And whats the big deal about watching a 30 second ad for the uploaders who put them there. They want to get paid for their works. Not like a damn DVD where you have to wade thru several minutes of previews and coming attractions.

Being able to DL videos...well, that will just make uploaders lose money and stip proving content. MS doesnt like it when people download their software illegally...same thing here.

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