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YouTube Vanced is shutting down ‘for legal reasons’

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The popular Vanced YouTube app is being discontinued. The makers of Vanced have revealed that the project will be halted in the coming days and download links will be removed. While the app will continue to work for anyone who currently has it installed on Android, without future updates it will likely stop working soon. Vanced’s owners say they had to stop the project “for legal reasons.”

vanced is a popular third-party YouTube app for Android, mainly because it allows YouTube users to block all video ads on YouTube without a Premium subscription. Vanced also includes a true black theme and customizations not offered in the official YouTube for Android app.

It’s not immediately clear whether Google was involved in the discontinuation of Vanced, but it is highly likely. Google-owned YouTube forced two popular Discord music bots offline last year, before starting testing ad-supported YouTube integration into Discord a few weeks later. The popular Rythm and Groovy Discord music bots also avoided ads on the service, allowing Discord users to listen to music together.

“Vanced has been discontinued,” reads a Telegram message from the Vanced owners. “We know this isn’t something you wanted to hear, but it’s something we need to do.” We’ve reached out to Google to comment on the discontinuation of Vanced, and we’ll update you accordingly.

“DISCONTINUATION OF THE PRISON PROJECT

Vanced has been discontinued. The download links will be removed in the coming days. The Discord server, Telegram chat, and subreddit will remain for now. We know this isn’t something you wanted to hear, but it’s something we needed to do. We want to thank you all for the support over the years.

Edit (1): The existing version will continue to work.
Edit (2): It was done for legal reasons.”


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