Discord to bring youtube-sanctioned bot to its users
A few weeks ago, Discord music bot giants "Rhythm" and "Groovy" had gotten into a bit of legal trouble with Google-owned website YouTube. The bots developers were hit with cases of Copyright encroachment. YouTube sent out seemingly overnight a desist case. Along with DMCA Letters on copyright infringement against the developers actively shutting down their services for fear of larger legal actions. This brings a pretty big void to the communities on Discord that used the bots to listen to music with friends in a server's Voice Channel (VC).
Recently, however, Discord has been testing a similar feature that will be integrated into their system with the help and approval of YouTube. The new integration is being called "Watch Together" which will allow users to listen to shared, collaborative playlists in the Voice Channels a lot how powerhouses "Rhythm and "Groovy" once did. The new feature has been in development for just a little over 10 months and has been rolled out to "Friends and Family" servers for testing. So far the results of the testing and feedback from the testing servers have been less than stellar as the feature is more YouTube-forward.
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Once you toggle on the feature in the settings a small YouTube interface will appear on the left-hand side of the screen. This interface will allow users to create the playlists by searching the YouTube links that will be in a search bar. Discord will also add a feature that the host can "Share the remote" which puts the feature into the collaborative mode and others that are on the server can use it to make the playlist. Of course, with any feature that is being rolled out with the brand in mind, Discord has said "You may see ads during YouTube Videos" What this will mean for the future of music integration in apps like Discord, we can only wait to find out.