Should We Assume That Apple Killed the iOS YouTube App, and Not the Other Way Around?

Jeff Jarvis:

Apple killing YouTube on iPhone just happens to be the last straw. Went into the AT&T store today to begin switch to my Android phone.

Jean-Louis Gassée, in response:

How do we know Apple “killed” the iOS YouTube app? What if it is the other way around?

The iOS YouTube app had no ads. What if Google wanted ads and Apple said no? Next, a YouTube app from GOOG, with ads.

We don’t know. No one (outside Google and Apple) knows what the previous licensing terms were, and no one knows what terms (if any) were proposed going forward. And for that matter, I don’t think anyone should assume that the YouTube experience on iOS is necessarily going to be worse without this app built in.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012