Snippet: YouTube App Gone From Latest iOS 6 Beta ☇

Shared on August 6, 2012

A lot of people have been quick to say that Apple pulled the YouTube app in the ongoing spat with Google, but it seems both Apple’s license ran out and Google wants more control of YouTube and ad money, as reported by Peter Kafka for AllThingsD:

But here’s what Apple PR rep Trudy Muller told my colleague John Paczkowski today, confirming reports that the YouTube app has disappeared in the newest beta version of the iOS6 app released to developers:

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.

…Here’s some insight from an industry executive who works with both companies, and suggests that you’ll increasingly see YouTube take control of all its apps, for the reasons discussed above: Ad dollars and user experience. “YouTube [has] decided they didn’t want third-parties building apps,” says my source. “Their strategy has changed. They want to control their destiny more.”

I suspect we’ll see a lot of people spreading that iOS devices can’t use YouTube, even though YouTube works just fine in Safari and other WebKit views.

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