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 big 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 folks.
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 present 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 attributable to 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 could occur sooner fairly than later.”
The Rythm bot crew is engaged on “one thing new within the music area that we’re very enthusiastic about,” says Yoav. There might be some type of connection to Discord, however the crew isn’t prepared to speak extra about their upcoming mission 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 common the service had turn into.
“I imagine that now that we obtained the letter, all music bots might 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 exhausting to check Discord with out music bots, they’ve turn into key to the expertise and produce 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 corporations like YouTube. Groovy and Rythm shutting down will pressure many Discord customers to search for alternate options, however smaller bot builders might quickly find yourself in an analogous place in the event that they try to fill the enormous hole.
YouTube and Discord do seem like engaged on some type of various, although. Discord has been testing a social social gathering 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 substitute 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.