YouTube Vanced stops after Google threat

The alternative to the YouTube app, YouTube Vanced, is being discontinued after a legal threat from Google. The download links of the app will go offline and there will be no more future updates. YouTube Vanced made this known via Twitter.

YouTube Vanced stops

Vanced is a popular alternative to the YouTube app. The app was especially popular because the app allowed YouTube users to block ads without signing up for a Premium subscription.

The makers of Vanced have announced via Twitter that the project will be discontinued in the coming day: “Vanced has been discontinued. In the coming days, the download links on the website will be removed. We know this isn’t something you want to hear, but it’s something we need to do. Thank you all for your support over the years”

Vanced also indicates on Twitter that installed versions of the app will continue to work until they become obsolete in two years.

Legal threat Google

Google recently sent the Vanced owners a “cease and desist” letter forcing the makers to stop distributing and developing the app.

“We were asked to remove all references to ‘YouTube’, change the logo and remove all links related to YouTube products,” a Vanced team administrator told The Verge.

Google probably had a hard time watching YouTube for free and ad-free. A number of YouTube Premium features, such as ad-free viewing, were offered for free by Vanced.

Google also forced two popular Discord music bots to shut down last year. The Rythm and Groovy Discord music bot allowed users to play audio from YouTube without ads. This was against YouTube’s terms of use.

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