Simply weeks after forcing the Groovy Discord music bot offline, Google-owned YouTube is now turning its consideration to Rythm, the preferred music bot on Discord. The search large has despatched a stop and desist to the house owners of Rythm, a bot that lets Discord customers play music from YouTube movies and is utilized by greater than 560 million individuals.
Google desires the Rythm bot closed down inside seven days, and the service is complying by shutting down its bot on September 15th.
Rythm is presently 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 method or one other we knew this was on account 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 12 months in the past. Groovy receiving one simply meant it might occur sooner somewhat 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 will likely be some type of connection to Discord, however the staff isn’t prepared to speak extra about their upcoming venture 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 fashionable the service had grow to be.
“I imagine that now that we obtained the letter, all music bots will likely 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 consumer on Discord it’s laborious to check Discord with out music bots, they’ve grow to be key to the expertise and produce a lot enjoyable and engagement to a neighborhood. 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 corporations like YouTube. Groovy and Rythm shutting down will drive many Discord customers to search for alternate options, however smaller bot builders may quickly find yourself in the same place in the event that they try and fill the enormous hole.
YouTube and Discord do look like engaged on some type of different, although. Discord has been testing a social occasion characteristic on its service for the previous 10 months, and it permits Discord customers to type a YouTube watch party. It’s not a straight substitute for music bots on Discord, but when the characteristic ever formally launches then it is going to be an official option 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.