Apple Dumps YouTube App
iPhone's iOS 6 won't bundle it anymore
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2012 4:24 PM CDT
An iPhone.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

(Newser) – Looking forward to iOS 6 on your iPhone? Hope you don't love your YouTube app, because Apple announced today that it's ditching the pre-packaged app from its software, CNET reports. The official reason: "Our licensing to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended." That's about it, except Apple reminds customers to use YouTube on Safari or in an upcoming app made by Google.

Apple's reason sounds fishy to Peter Kafka at AllThingsD: "Either Apple really doesn’t want to make its own version of a YouTube app, or Google really doesn’t want Apple to make one," he writes. Obviously Apple's relationship with Google has soured after Steve Jobs threatened to go "thermonuclear" over Android phones and Apple announced plans to drop Google Maps on the iPhone with a homemade version. The real issue? Probably that ads don't run on the current YouTube app, says Kafka.

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Mad
Aug 6, 2012 8:29 PM CDT
Forgive my 20th century ignorance. So, without the YouTube app, use will not receive YouTube content? ... Or they'll have to actually type in y-o-u-t-u-b-e into a browser to do the exact same thing. Is that it? Sheesh, much ado about nothing.
MisterPlinkett
Aug 6, 2012 8:18 PM CDT
We have apple going after samsung (an android system) because they can't handle the legitimate competition. Now we have Google fighting back. good for them. it's just a shame that it takes a tech giant to fight a tech giant thanks to big government.
Emmanuel_Goldstein
Aug 6, 2012 6:52 PM CDT
Android: The OS that is perpetually in beta, and badly I might add. Worthless trash.