Google has killed off a plug-in for its Chrome web browser that enabled people to cue up YouTube music to play in the background. We first wrote about Streamus in early 2014, when it launched as a way for people to add its name to a search for an artist or song title, then add tracks to a sidebar for listening while going about their online business (Bulletin, 27-Jan-14).
Its Californian developer quit his job to focus on Streamus full-time, and reached 300k downloads of the plug-in earlier this year. Now it has been removed from Chrome’s web store and had its API key revoked by Google, having received a cease-and-desist order from YouTube last year. TheNextWeb has a rundown of the developer’s fruitless attempts to work out a solution with YouTube and Google – the key problem was the way Streamus played the audio from music videos without displaying the videos. The report also claims that UMG blocked Streamus from playing its videos. Now the developer is trying to find a way to revive the service.