Metrotube Being Discontinued January 1st

Today is a sad day for WP7 YouTube users. Lazyworm, the developer behind the popular Metrotube app has announced that he will no longer be supporting the application due to issues with YouTube’s API. The official statement reads as follows:

“We are extremely saddened to announce that as of the 1st of January 2012, our applications ‘Metrotube’ and ‘YouTube’ will no longer be available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

YouTube’s current API does not have any documented methods for obtaining high quality video content. We have been using a workaround to obtain this content and it has recently come to our attention that this may not be sustainable in the long term, hence our decision to stop distributing the apps.

The apps should remain functional for those who have already installed them however we will be unable to push out any further updates. Of course, you can also continue accessing YouTube videos directly through your web browser.”

It seems as though the app developer is tired of trying to find work arounds to deliver videos to YouTube users. Google’s lack of support for the WP7 platform is squarely to blame here and with the loss of the Metrotube application, another vital Google service is kept out of the hands of WP7 users. Hopefully someone else will step up to the plate and deliver a similar app for those who may adopt the platform in the future.

[via Neowin]


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