YouTube is Killing Another Popular Discord Music Bot, Rythm

Rythm, the most popular Discord music bot is now being targeted by Google-owned YouTube after Groovy was taken down a few weeks ago. A cease-and-desist letter has been sent by Google to Rythm’s owners.

YouTube is Killing Another Popular Discord Music Bot Rythm

Rythm, a music bot that lets Discord users play audio from YouTube videos within voice channels, has been notified by YouTube. So, on September 15th, the bot will be shut down because of a failure to comply by seven days.

“One way or another we knew this was due to happen eventually,” Rythm’s creator tells The Verge, citing Groovy’s recent demise as a major factor. Groovy’s service ended on August 30 after it received its own cease and desist notice.

Over 20 million Discord servers have Rythm installed, giving access to more than 560 million users. It was a bit smaller than Groovy and was installed on 16 million servers, but Rythm’s creator says he expects YouTube to go after all of the music bots on the platform.

However, Rythm may have been targeted for similar reasons, as Google confirmed Groovy had violated YouTube’s terms of service by altering the service and making use of it for commercial purposes. Because of this, it’s likely that Google was less than thrilled that the bots were allowing users access to audio that would otherwise be monetized.

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