YouTube won’t work for certain older devices anymore

Whether it be wear and tear or just outdated hardware, you’re going to have to replace your old¬†electronics eventually. If your still on the ropes about replacing something that works just fine, Google may have just made the decision a bit easier with the announcement that any special-made YouTube apps on a select number of older devices will no longer work due a change in the apps API.

Like burning down a forest to make sweet nutrients for new growth, YouTube is winding down its service to myriad older devices today. All in the name of progress, of course. In a notice, spotted by MacRumors, YouTube notes that “select” devices that were made in 2012 (or earlier) will find that any special-made YouTube apps will no longer work. That’s thanks to a change in YouTube’s Data API, which Google says opens it up to features like comments, captions, RSS push notifications, and flagging videos.¬†So far, the list of devices that the update puts out to pasture includes older TVs and Blu-ray disc players from Sony and Panasonic, Google TV devices running version 3 or 4, game consoles without support for Adobe Flash or HTML5, along with iOS devices running anything less than iOS 7. The update also impacts the second-generation Apple TV, requiring users to start videos on their iPhones, iPods, and iPads then stream them using AirPlay.

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By Connor Livingston

+Connor Livingston is a tech blogger who will be launching his own site soon, Lythyum. He lives in Oceanside, California, and has never surfed in his life. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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