Apple pulls YouTube app in iOS 6

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is removing YouTube as a preloaded app in its iOS 6 operating system.

Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube app won't be affected on older versions of iOS, up to iOS 5. The change will impact the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

"Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended. Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store," confirmed Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller to AllThingsD.

Google will launch a stand-alone YouTube app along the lines of Gmail or Google Drive after the release of iOS 6 this fall. "We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users," a YouTube spokesperson said.

Apple pulling YouTube from its preloaded lineup shouldn't be a surprise. When Apple and Google first forged their iOS partnership, Google hadn't yet launched Android and the two companies were not competing for smartphone market share. 

In June, at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple revealed it would be replacing Google Maps with its own mapping software, built in-house. The move to eliminate preloading YouTube to its devices seems natural given the fierce competition between the two companies.

YouTube has a long history with Apple, and was one of the first apps to come preloaded on devices running iOS back in 2007. It has been featured on every version of the iPhone since.

For more:
- see this Engadget story
- see this AllThingsD story

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