UPDATE: Google Orders Microsoft To Pull Their YouTube Windows Phone App

[Update 5/16/2013 9:53 a.m. PT] Microsoft responded to Google’s claims by issuing a statement to ZDNet reiterating its claims that Google has refused to work with them on an official YouTube app. They added: “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.”



Only a week after Microsoft released its own YouTube app for the Windows Phone, YouTube has ordered Microsoft to remove it because the app violated the video streaming site’s terms of service.

The Verge reported that a letter by Francisco Varela, YouTube’s director of global platform partnerships, to Microsoft’s General Manager of Windows Phone Todd Brix pointed out that Microsoft’s YouTube app lets users download videos from YouTube, shows videos that have not been authorized for mobile devices and removes pre-roll advertising before videos. All the actions mentioned in the letter violate YouTube’s Terms of Service as well as its API Terms of Service.

Varela wrote in the letter that the Windows Phone app’s removal of ads takes away revenue from YouTube’s creators: “Unfortunately, by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube.”

The letter adds that Microsoft has until next Wednesday to remove the app from the Windows Phone Store and halt any existing downloads.

TechCrunch reported that Microsoft decided to create their own app because they claimed that YouTube refused to help the software company develop an official app.

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