Simply weeks after forcing the Groovy Discord music bot offline, Google-owned YouTube is now turning its consideration to Rythm, the most well-liked music bot on Discord. The search large has despatched a stop and desist to the homeowners of Rythm, a bot that lets Discord customers play music from YouTube movies and is utilized by greater than 560 million individuals.
Google needs the Rythm bot closed down inside seven days, and the service is complying by shutting down its bot on September 15th.
Rythm is at the moment put in on greater than 20 million Discord servers alone. Rythm has greater than 560 million Discord customers, making this shutdown an enormous blow to a core characteristic of Discord.
“A technique or one other we knew this was as a result of occur finally,” admits Yoav, the creator of Rythm bot, in a Discord message to The Verge. “Which is why we began engaged on one thing new a yr in the past. Groovy receiving one simply meant it will occur sooner slightly than later.”
The Rythm bot staff is engaged on “one thing new within the music area that we’re very enthusiastic about,” says Yoav. There shall be some type of connection to Discord, however the staff isn’t prepared to speak extra about their upcoming undertaking simply but. Rythm has been a full time job for Yoav, and it took 16 servers with greater than 4TB of RAM and over 1,000 CPU cores to energy this Discord music bot, illustrating how standard the service had grow to be.
“I imagine that now that we acquired the letter, all music bots shall be getting them too within the following weeks and I strongly imagine all of them will shut down,” explains Yoav. “As somebody that was a really early person on Discord it’s laborious to check Discord with out music bots, they’ve grow to be key to the expertise and convey a lot enjoyable and engagement to a group. It’s a tragic finish of an period right here for everybody on the platform.”
Whereas music bots may really feel like a core a part of Discord, they’ve been enabled by third events for years, permitting Discord to keep away from scrutiny or authorized motion from firms like YouTube. Groovy and Rythm shutting down will drive many Discord customers to search for options, however smaller bot builders may quickly find yourself in an identical place in the event that they try and fill the large hole.
YouTube and Discord do seem like engaged on some type of various, although. Discord has been testing a social celebration characteristic on its service for the previous 10 months, and it permits Discord customers to kind a YouTube watch party. It’s not a straight alternative for music bots on Discord, but when the characteristic ever formally launches then will probably be an official technique to watch YouTube content material inside Discord.
We’ve reached out to each Google and Discord to touch upon the Rythm shutdown, however neither firm responded by the point of publication.