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…