With Reddit shutting down its API setting a precedent in the corporate tech world (and Reddit was a major outlier in that a ton of their users are technical minded and support third party clients, YouTube does not have that kind of userbase and will not get backlash for it), Twitter doing whatever the fuck they’re doing, and Google already hellbent on destroying ad blockers, the days of Newpipe, Invidious, and Freetube are numbered. Wouldn’t be surprised if they implement Netflix level DRM tomorrow that makes alt clients impossible. I say savour your alt clients while you can guys, you won’t be able to soon.

  • @AgreeableLandscapeOP
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    89 months ago

    I’ve never pegged Google as particularly giving a shit about legacy support though. They kill things out of the blue without warning or explanation.

    • @SSUPII@sopuli.xyz
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      99 months ago

      For the most used services, legacy support is actually respected by Google.

      Google Search still works on Internet Explorer 6 for Windows 98 and XP.

      • @AgreeableLandscapeOP
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        29 months ago

        Wonder if that will finally change with web integrity.

        • Cegorach
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          89 months ago

          don’t think so

          they might use that for more closed down “content” like special paid-for youtube videos or to “secure” some enterprise-google-apps-access.

          And that’ll never be available on the very last client out there - that’s kinda important for things like web search. Google is really afraid of people starting to move away from google for that.

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          8 months ago

          What I sent was an old screenshot from the web, but I confirmed it now. Google Search still works on Windows 2000 and IE5 in the middle of 2023