ProTube, a popular YouTube alternative application with extra useful features, announced today that it was removed from the App Store after multiple requests from YouTube
As a consumer and developer of software, I’ve always been weary of spending money on applications that rely on a third party for the majority of their functionality. Ever since Twitter U-Turned on third-party developers by severely restricting their API usage, much to the outrage of the developer community, I learnt not to:
- Build any meaningful application on top of a third-party that paying them to build applications on top of their stack (free API or not) isn’t their primary or intended use case.
- Purchase or invest in applications built on top of a third-party where paying for building on top of their stack isn’t their primary or intended use case.
It seems ProTube learnt that lesson the hard way today, which is a shame because everything I’ve heard about the app was positive, and the developer seems like a nice person, too. I just couldn’t justify purchasing something I normally wouldn’t think twice about because I thought YouTube would come for it sooner, rather than later.
It looks like Jonas agrees:
I don’t know what my next project will be (although I can say it will not be an app that depends on a 3rd party 😑)