Groovy Bot, Discord’s best-kept secret, has been killed by YouTube

YouTube appears to have begun its siege of Discord music bots.

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YouTube has finally cracked down on Discord’s Groovy music bot that had been pulling music from the streaming platform and playing it on more than 16 million servers right there under its nose for years.

Since Groovy Bot’s creation nearly five years ago, users have been able to host listening parties on Discord, gathering music from YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Deezer, Apple Music, and Tidal. “Approximately 98 percent of the music played on Groovy came from YouTube,” Groovy’s founder Nik Ammerlaan told The Verge on Tuesday, a fact that the streaming giant hadn’t figured out until recently.

“I don’t understand why they decided to send it [a cease and desist] now,” Ammerlaan told The Verge. “I think they just didn’t know about it, to be honest.” 

The founder of Groovy Bot said that Groovy Bot has been a “heavy weight” on his shoulders over the past five years, and he has long anticipated that YouTube’s parent company, Google, would take legal action against him. “It was just a matter of waiting to see when it would happen,” he said.

Ammerlaan stated the bot’s closure in a message to subscribers, explaining that Groovy would end its services on August 30 and that premium subscribers would receive their refund soon thereafter.  

The Verge reports that a YouTube spokesperson confirmed that the company had taken action against Groovy for violating their terms of service, which included, among others, “modifying the service and making it commercially viable.”.

Groovy has been killed off by Google’s cease and desist response, but similar music bots on Discord like Octave, Hydra, and Chip are still operational-for now, at least. There is another music bot in Discord that’s still running, however it’s safe to assume that its days may be numbered, known as “Rythm.” Rythm is currently running on more than 10 million servers, making it the most popular music bot.

YouTube has shut down a number of video download sites in the recent past, something that could be a sign that the platform — and the RIAA — are increasingly suing third-party ventures that violate the platform’s terms.

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