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Discord’s Rythm music bot returns with a mission to overhaul shared listening

Illustration of Rythm in Discord
Image: Rythm

Three years ago, YouTube turned its attention to Discord music bots that were using the video service to stream music into Discord voice channels. Groovy was one of the first to be forced offline, followed by the most popular Discord music bot, Rythm. YouTube soon launched its own official Discord integration, but the closure of Rythm and Groovy left a giant hole for a shared music listening experience. Now, Rythm is back to try and fill that gap again.

The relaunch of Rythm sees it return to Discord as an activity app, allowing friends to listen to music together once again. “Unlike the previous bot iteration, this one actually has a full UI,” explains Rythm creator Yoav Zimet in an interview with The Verge. “You have the same…

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