Apple removes Google’s YouTube app from iOS 6

“On Monday, Apple released a new test version of its upcoming iOS 6 operating system, the software that powers iPads and iPhones, and developers quickly noticed that the app for YouTube had vanished,” Nick Wingfiled reports for The New York Times. “The change was noteworthy because the YouTube app has been included with iOS since Apple released the original iPhone in 2007.”

Wingfiled reports, “Apple released the following statement about YouTube’s fate: ‘Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Another default conduit to 365 million iOS devices and rapidly counting – poof! How ya like dem Apples, Google?

Even better would be a default public video sharing app in iOS 6 for one of Google’s competitors. Vimeo, perhaps?

Google’s going to rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.MacDailyNews Take, March 09, 2010

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  1. WHAT??? NOOO!!! The YouTube app is what I used the most! If you’re going to do this, apple, then add fame version of flash! It’s the only thing that really made me not miss flash!! TOO far, apple! TOO far!!!!!!!

    /end of rant

    1. Well you are out of luck. Google can take it right up the ass. Glad the app is flushed down the stinking commode with the rest of Google feces. Next comes Samsung lying ass dog copying ways using Google shit Android.

        1. No matter how many times people explain the context of the statement, you continue to misuse it. You only demonstrate your bias, at best or your stupidity, at worse. But either way you are the one who looks like an idiot.

    2. Too far, Apple???

      YouTube belongs to Google; not Apple. If Google won’t extend that license, it is entirely Google’s fault.

      Besides, you don’t use a special desktop application (on Mac or Windows) to watch YouTube, do you? In other words, you can always use your web browser to watch YouTube videos (they have all been transcoded into HTML5-compatible MPEG4 a few years ago).

      Also, since there are two more months until iOS6 comes out, it is more than likely that Google will finish development (and Apple will quickly approve) Google’s own proprietary free YouTube app.

      It is obvious that Apple and Google negotiated initial 5-year license for YouTube on iOS. That license has expired and for obvious reasons, the two companies don’t want to extend it.

        1. I’m not sure how you are reading “fanboyism” from this.

          Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Google’s and Apple’s recent history and battles in mobile space will know very well why Google wouldn’t want to extend that license. Why on earth would they want to be at the mercy of Apple’s developers if they can develop that YouTube app by themselves? I don’t know what were the terms of the original license agreement, but I’m sure it didn’t require Apple to put Google’s ads anywhere near that YouTube app. Now that Google is developing it, they can put whatever kind of data collecting code into it, pepper it with ads and update it at their own pace. They are finally getting their egg-laying hen back from Apple. The eggs may not be golden, but still…

          1. Interesting hypothesis, but still conjecture. Please don’t play it off as fact. We get enough of that on the internet and does nothing for your cred.

            and btw, Vimeo is cool but cannot compete with YouTube content.

        2. You’re right, Apple has likely refused to pay Google to renew the license – I wouldn’t give the thieves any more money either. I’m sure Google was more than willing to renew.

        3. I agree with Predrag: Google very likely wanted to control the development of the YouTube app, and didn’t want to be limited by Apple. So it may have made the licensing fees excessive, or refused to renew, or whatever, but it really won’t matter — you can watch YouTube videos in Safari, or Google will have its own YouTube app.

    3. You *do* realize that you can play YouTube videos in Safari just fine without Flash just as you did in the YouTube app, right? YouTube has encoded in h.264 which is why the app worked in the first place.

      And… unless you are running the latest beta (it is downloading to my iPhone as we speak) then you have nothing to worry about – I’m sure Google will have the app in the AppStore when iOS 6 goes public.

      Much ado about nothing, but WONDERFUL to see Apple sticking it to Google. Many people won’t ever download the app. Take that Google.

  2. The time is quickly coming to brake free of apples choke hold. If only I hadn’t spent a few thousand dollars in iTunes it would be so much easier to make the move. I well hopefully the new iPhone won’t be a total let down.

    1. What are you talking about? Just because Apple won’t develop a new YouTube app, but is letting Google develop it, while at the same time making iOS Safari able to play YouTube videos? THAT is the last straw for you? Really?!?

    2. Fscking liar!

      You haven’t spent a hundred dollars much less a few grand. Specious claims and an iPod Nano doesn’t make you an Apple user, only a pathetic loser who’s life is uninteresting, so they invent one.

      Today its name Tack. How sad.

  3. This could be:
    – a mistake
    – a temporary beta issue – i.e. QuickTime pro always on in OS X betas
    – because YouTube has HTML 5, so the app is unnecessary

    It may not be a stab at Google. MDN take is still right, though.

    1. im betting on one of those.

      As long as the site works in safari, and doesn’t redirect me to the app store to get the app… (if apple removes it and google makes a YouTube app)

  4. ‘Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.’”

    So what part of this perfectly logical explanation do you not understand?

    If you’re running iOS 6 and you aren’t a developer, shame on you

  5. Apple: You mean our license is expired
    Google: Yeah, but here is anothe…. (Click)
    Apple: Phone hangs up, Champagne corks fly.
    Google: Did they just hang up on us?

  6. I can’t believe the amount of crying going on over Apple breaking free from Google who has gone out of their way to knife Apple in the back every chance they get. If you want it that bad then download it from the App store. But, if your loyalty to Google is so strong that you demand You Tube as a preloaded feature, then don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

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