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YouTube wants to shut down Discord music-streaming bot Groovy


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People are using Discord to chat about all kinds of things, with the social app having expanded from its original basis in gaming. One of the features that some of those people have used is the ability to pull in music, with one of the most popular ways being a bot called Groovy.

It can be added to a Discord server to stream music from YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and other services, with a premium subscription tier for more features. However, the ‘stream music from YouTube’ aspect has turned out to be a problem.

YouTube has sent Groovy a cease-and-desist order for “violations of our Terms of Service, including modifying the service and using it for commercial purposes” according to The Verge – and confirmed by YouTube.

Groovy had been installed on more than 16m Discord servers. If anything, this shows an opportunity for music-streaming integrations on Discord: perhaps the DSPs themselves should be launching bots for the platform…

Stuart Dredge

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3 responses
  • Gerben says:

    I understand Youtube is not happy. I also understand if Groovy does not want to take on Google. But exactly how can Google target a developer for violating the Terms, when the developer is not running the service?

  • Franz says:

    Money isn’t the only violation.

    We play without ads – Ads are Youtube’s revenue.

    That’s according to one of the staff at the Groovy’s server. Obviously, they are aware of the violation.

  • why didn’t YouTube/Google just buy the bot off of the developer for a small price and use it as an opportunity to make more money since 16 million servers use groovy already it would of been the smarter and more lucrative choice instead of shutting groovy down, groovy being in 16 million servers means more than 16 million people use groovy

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