YouTube Shuts Down Discord’s Most Popular Music Bot, Rhythm

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Washington: Discord, the Slack-like chat and streaming app that has become the favorite gathering place for online gamers, will soon become a little less musical.

According to The Verge, the music streaming bot called Rhythm, a third-party plugin for Discord servers that allows users to stream music (or really any sound) directly from YouTube, will be taken offline. The service will cease its functions on September 15 in response to a legal cease and desist request from Google.

“Somehow we knew it was going to happen eventually. That’s why we started working on something new a year ago, ”Rhythm creator Yoav told The Verge. This report regarding Rhythm’s death comes just weeks after Google decided to kill a similar music bot, called Groovy, on August 30.

Yoav has hinted that work is underway on something else “in the musical space” that would tie into Discord in some way, but details beyond that are unclear. at this stage. But the creator of Rhythm also views the death of their bot, along with Groovy, as some sort of canary in the coal mine for other cease and desist requests for music bot makers.

That’s just the nature of how Discord works. Plugins like Rhythm integrate perfectly with the platform. Injecting music into voice chat is as easy as pointing the bot to a list of links or even a single link to a predefined YouTube playlist. The bot is not officially endorsed or supported by Discord; the platform is just flexible enough to allow the thing to exist.

This means that Discord has an easier time shying away from responsibility for how people use the platform. But it also leaves the creators of musical robots and other quality of life features themselves exposed to potential repercussions.

While in truth it is not known exactly what Rhythm (or Groovy, or any other musical robot) is doing, it is such a problem. Discord servers, which are the name of every privately organized social space on the platform, can be monetized, but most of them aren’t. So, the most common use for something like Rhythm is for friends to stream music together while they are playing.

According to The Verge, there is a possibility that YouTube will take these steps as it may have its own offering connected to Discord in the works. At the end of 2021, Discord revealed it was playing around with new options for partying and playing games together on a server, and that feature appears to include a YouTube Together monitoring bot. But it’s not something that anyone can use at this point.


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