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Published on May 29th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Vevo leaving Apple TV for YouTube-only focus of music videos

The music video streaming platform Vevo is abandoning its in-house website and apps on Apple TV and Roku to concentrate its efforts exclusively on YouTube.

Announcing the decision in a blog post, Vevo says it will be removing its apps from iOS and tvOS, Roku, Android, and Smart TVs.

“Going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities,” the statement read. “Our catalog of premium music videos and original content will continue to reach a growing audience on YouTube and we are exploring ways to work with additional platforms to further expand access to Vevo’s content.”

The statement did not say when the apps will be disconnected and services ceased.

The news comes as little surprise to many in the streaming video and music video industry following the partnership formed months ago but only revealed in the last few weeks that lets YouTube sell Vevo’s video clips directly to advertisers as part of its ‘Google Preferred’ tier of valuable and ‘brand-safe’ content.

The news also comes as YouTube last week officially announced YouTuber Music, a music-streaming service with a free tier and a premium subscription offering, as well as a rebranded premium video service (YouTube Premium, previously called YouTube Red). YouTube Premium includes YouTube Music in its subscription offering.

Vevo is a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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