Vevo Shuttering iOS and Android Apps to Focus Music Video Business on YouTube

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Music video platform Vevo has confirmed that it will be shutting down all of its mobile apps and consumer-facing video hosting website, signaling a shift in its business to focus on YouTube (via Variety). Apps affected include those for iOS and Android, but as of now "select" smart TV apps, potentially including Apple TV, will continue to run.

    Vevo is well known for being a platform that users can go to watch the latest music videos, but many viewers simply use the company's YouTube channel, leading Vevo's iOS, Android, Apple TV, and other apps to struggle with growth. After the discontinuation of its apps and website, Vevo's YouTube channel will become the primary source of its music video distribution.

    To ensure a smooth transition, Vevo will provide a playlist tool to its mobile app users so they can import their Vevo playlists over to YouTube. In the iOS app [Direct Link] for iPhone and iPad, Vevo offers its users personalized recommendations, user profiles to follow, specific notifications about new videos and live performances, and more -- all of which will now go away.

    The announcement comes a few weeks after it was revealed that YouTube and Vevo have a new deal that lets YouTube sell the music video platform's clips directly to advertisers, in an effort to boost ad sales. The sunsetting of Vevo apps also follows months of shakeups at the company, with former CEO Erik Huggers leaving in December, head of product Mark Hall leaving in January, chief technology officer Alex Nunes departing in the spring, and "significant" layoffs to Vevo's product and engineering teams at the same time.

    Apple has also been increasing its focus on music videos within its Music app, launching a dedicated "Music Videos" section inside of Apple Music this spring. In the new area, subscribers can find new weekly playlists for various genres, browse through the latest videos, watch exclusive content, and more.

    Article Link: Vevo Shuttering iOS and Android Apps to Focus Music Video Business on YouTube
  2. jonblatho macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2014
  3. martyjmclean macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I don’t know anybody who uses the Vevo app or website.
  4. J___o___h___n macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2017
    I don’t use any of their apps except their Apple TV one.
  5. iSearch macrumors member


    Dec 27, 2015
    That's unfortunate. What few people realize is that the quality of music videos on the Vevo website is significantly better than on YouTube, especially some of the older videos that Vevo uploaded when it first started.
  6. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Focussing all your company's efforts on offering your product via a platform which is also a direct competitor... doesn't seem like a good, long-term business decision.
  7. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    Ad revenue was so low on their own Vevo site that whatever ad banner they get on YouTube will probably make them more money.
  8. adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    Big picture, Vevo was one of the only current players that had an opportunity to actually take on YouTube. Even they are throwing in their hat.

    1. Partnerships with labels & artists
    2. revenue sharing deasl
    3. Apps & Website
    4. Plenty of content

    They're still succumbing that it's just easier to keep putting it all on YouTube's platform.

    It's a shame because there are very few companies who have what it takes to compete with youTube. Vevo was one of them.

    When I did watch music videos, I much preferred doing it on Vevo's properties.
  9. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    I guess this happens when there are too many platforms. We all have very busy lives and do wonderful things. I guess once, we've done all of that, there really isn't much time left to surf hundreds of channels and apps.

    I opened a Vevo account 2011 and made playlists but i'll be honest, I haven't used them since 2012. Same with my iPhone, I've deleted many apps as I never use them anymore and literally use maybe 4 or 5 apps a day at the most now. Same with my Apple TV - just 5 or 6 favourite ones :)

    I don't understand why Apple iTunes never had HD music videos, my only choice for music video is YouTube.

    When people have busy interesting lives, there really isn't the time to be surrounded with thousands of apps unless you are really into IT/Tech/Phones. Quality over quantity I guess :)
  10. Petetastic macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2018
    I didn’t even know Vevo had their own video streaming. I thought it was just a YouTube thing. Why not advertise it on their own YouTube channels and at least let people know about it?

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