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Music Messenger to rely on YouTube API for October app update


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We’ve written about Music Messenger before: it’s the music-focused messaging app that raised $24.4m in funding, but then removed its app from Apple and Google’s app stores in the west, to focus on other products. As we reported recently, the company says it’s now working on “a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify” complete with its own tokens, and an open-sourced product due to launch in beta early next year.

Before that, though, there is some more action with the company’s main app Music Messenger. The Israeli startup says it will release a “game changing update” for the app in mid-October. “Music Messenger utilises the YouTube API for content and stream, so if you like YouTube’s vast music library, but not a fan of their ease of use as a mobile experience, you’re going to enjoy the new version tremendously,” claimed its press release, adding this spokesperson quote: “As wonderful as Spotify and Apple Music are, we still find ourselves on YouTube more hours per week. Music Messenger is a fresh and easier way to enjoy the YouTube music library, and the new update coming is going to really be a game changer for any user who likes YouTube.”

The latter service will doubtless be watching closely to check that Music Messenger remains within the terms of that API, having taken action in the past against third-party apps that exceed what they’re allowed to do.

Stuart Dredge

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