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Google targets another Youtube to MP3 conversion web site

Clip.dj shuts down its service for good
Wed Jun 20 2012, 17:16
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INTERNET SERVICES FIRM Google has targeted another Youtube to MP3 conversion web site following warnings that it is pursuing those that offer users such services.

Clip.dj, another popular site that offered users a Youtube video to MP3 audio extraction service, today announced that it has closed its doors.

"We're sorry to announce this, clip.dj has shut down its service for good," a statement on its home page reads.

Clip.dj hasn't confirmed that it definitely was Google that closed it down, but on Tuesday, we reported that Google threatened to sue a large Youtube video to audio extraction service that pulled in 1.3 million visitors a day, Youtube-MP3.org, if it didn't shut down its shop.

Via a letter addressed to Youtube-MP3.org seen by bittorent web site TorrentFreak, Google's Youtube associate product counsel, Harris Cohen said it must obey to its demands within seven days. This was because the web site failed to adhere to Youtube's Terms of Service (ToS) that prohibits Youtube content being downloaded instead of streamed.

Youtube-MP3.org didn't comply, because it didn't get chance to do so. Google simply blocked all of its servers from accessing Youtube, meaning that it now has no service to offer.

Torrentfreak subsequently updated its report, stating that Google warned it was now on the lookout for similar services as a result of the discovery of Youtube-MP3.org.

How strange, then, that a few days before TorrentFreak published the story, Digital Music News ran an article about "streaming piracy" following the dramatic growth of Clip.dj. "Just like so many circumvention tools before it," it said. "But this one is downright simple-stupid to use, and it's growing really, really fast."

It doesn't take a genius to work out what happened. µ

 

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