Google demands Microsoft removes YouTube Windows Phone app, cites lack of ads

Microsoft updated its own YouTube application for Windows Phone just over a week ago and Google isn’t impressed. The verge has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter that Google has sent to Microsoft recently, demanding that Microsoft “immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013.” Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone appears to have taken Google by surprise.

The app violates API use

Google’s complaint centers on the lack of ads in Microsoft’s YouTube app, something it claims is a direct violation of the terms and conditions of the company’s YouTube API. Techjaja has further learned that Microsoft created the app without
Google’s consent with features that specifically prevent ads from playing. The lack of ads clearly hits Google’s own revenues, but also those of its third-party content creators that are paid through the company’s AdSense program. “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,” says Google’s letter, addressed to Microsoft’s Todd Brix.

Microsoft has previously complained to the EU over Google’s apparent refusal to let Windows Phone access YouTube metadata. While it initially seemed like both companies had reconciled their differences, that’s clearly not the case. On stage at Google I/O today, CEO Larry Page detailed his take on technology’s future,noting that industry negativity is holding back progress. Page told an audience member that “we struggle with people like Microsoft,” though he said Google had a “great relationship” with the company.

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