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Google blocks YouTube app on Windows Phone (again)

dhavleak (912889) writes | about a year ago


dhavleak (912889) writes "From Gizmodo: Earlier today, the Microsoft-built YouTube app for Windows Phone was unceremoniously disabled by Google. These kind of little inter-corporate kerfuffles happen from time to time, and usually resolve themselves without screwing too many users. But boy, Microsoft didn't take it quietly."
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They are *both* as evil as eachother! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44579111)

Yes it's Microsoft, yes historically their push toward "openness" has hardly been anything significant (in fact it has generally gone the other way) but at least they are pushing toward standards compliance with HTML5, even if it took them losing their monopoly position in web browsing to do so. But Google's stance here *is* evil, the people they are hurting here are their own customers (that also happen to be Microsoft's customers, and inb4 the "yeah, both of them" comments) and showing that they aren't willing to take a prevailing open stance, they will only be open when it suits them. Same goes for Android, they should have exercised that commitment to openness when choosing hardware vendors, but that didn't suit them. There will be people that believe that anything positive Microsoft does for the consumer has an ulterior motive but often those people are also the ones that believe Google's "don't be evil" motto even though it's contrary to their actions.

Microsoft will never be the dominant force in any consumer tech industry (or probably even any other industry) but that doesn't mean that their competition wont drive innovation.

The other interesting point is that when ad-skipping and ad-blocking tech is discussed here it is always lauded as liberation, "screw the content creators, I should be able to skip ads, they can't force me to use my bandwidth to look at them" but when it was Microsoft skipping Google's ads the Google shills were out in force with their anti-MS rhetoric.

I would hope this can be a well-reasoned debate but I'm sure it will devolve into some chair-throwing, "...but Google this..." and "...but Microsoft that..." flamewar.

YouTube's customers are its advertisers (0)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44579607)

But Google's stance here *is* evil, the people they are hurting here are their own customers

YouTube's customers are its advertisers. If an application offers ad-free access to YouTube, the paying customers (that is, the advertisers) are right to feel screwed.

Re:YouTube's customers are its advertisers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44579781)

You are confused. It does not provide ad-free access to YouTube.

Everyone was understandably excited when Windows Phone got its own native YouTube app. That is, until Google decided it violated the terms of service by blocking advertisements and promptly asked Microsoft to remove the app. The two companies kissed, made up and collaborated on a new version that would adhere to Mountain View's developer guidelines.

Re:YouTube's customers are its advertisers (1)

recoiledsnake (879048) | about a year ago | (#44579911)

This new version that got banned does show Google's ads.

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