Weeks after Google shut down music bots, Discord begins testing YouTube integration
Discord is testing YouTube integration just weeks after YouTube, which is owned by Google, took down two popular Discord music bots. YouTube integration has started appearing in a small number of Discord servers today as part of what appears to be a new test of a collaboration between Discord and YouTube.
Watch Together is the name of the feature, and it allows Discord users to watch YouTube videos together. A test of a similar Discord feature started 10 months ago before disappearing and resurfacing as Watch Together today, and we understand the company has re-prioritized this particular feature due to the recent music bot shutdowns.
Watch Together is very similar to the experience of someone broadcasting their screen in Discord, and the button to launch it even appears alongside the video and screen sharing options. It was created with YouTube in mind, allowing Discord server members to create a YouTube playlist by searching for or pasting in YouTube links. You can also enable a remote button, which allows other Discord server members to control playback.
While it’s not identical to the popular Rythm and Groovy Discord music bots, you can use Watch Together to listen to music through YouTube in Discord. It's unclear whether the music will be interrupted by advertisements.
In recent weeks, YouTube has been aggressively shutting down Discord music bots. Last month, the Google-owned company sent Groovy Bot a legal cease and desist letter, forcing the popular service offline within days. The most popular Discord music bot, Rythm, was then targeted by YouTube, and it was shut down earlier this month.
According to our sources, this is only available today on Discord friends and family servers, with a wider beta to small servers and then general availability in the coming weeks. By the end of October, Discord hopes to have it available to all users.