Have you ever mourned a bot? My friends and I found out what that’s like last week when Google killed Groovy (opens in new tab) , the most popular music bot on Discord. Groovy was a free add-on for servers that could take a search term for any song, join the voice channel you’re in, and instantly start playing it. It was really that simple—a helpful little bot that pops into the voice channel like any other user to play music—but honestly, it was more than that to us. Over the year plus we had Groovy on our little server, we had affectionately renamed him Broovy. We’d thank him for finding a particularly obscure song on YouTube, cheer him on when he’d glitch and leave the channel in embarrassment, and move him into our active channel if he were sitting all alone. Broovy was our quiet friend that was always there to brighten a night of gaming. And on August 30, he quietly died. Google wasn’t so keen on the way Groovy’s creators utilized YouTube, saying it was “modifying the service and using it for commercial purposes.” It’s true: part of what made Groovy so popular (over 16 million downloads)… Read full this story
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