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"Non-interactive webcasting service" - what does this cover?

"Non-interactive webcasting service" - what does this cover?

The Spotify API documentation says the following is prohibited: "Do not create any product or service which includes any non-interactive internet webcasting service. For example, you can’t create an application which plays content from a single source to several simultaneous listeners."

 

What does this cover? If I want to create a web app that uses the Spotify API to play music to a set of users, with the following details, would that be allowed?

- Music will be set up in advance (for example, a song, album, or playlist on repeat)?

- Music will be played for limited time (e.g., for 1 hour), starting and ending at an exact time

- Music will be played to all users who've signed up and logged into my app (not available to entire public)

 

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What you describe as "Music will be played to all users who've signed up" is exactly what is prohibited by "you can’t create an application which plays content from a single source to several simultaneous listeners."

Thanks for your response! I realize I wrote imprecisely - we are only playing music to users who've signed up, and then connected their Spotify premium account. Only those users will be able to listen to the music. Is that ok?

 

Thank you for the explanation, and I think it is still prohibited.

Thanks for your answer - can you explain more why it is prohibited?
Our app would only play music one to one, from the app to the listener, where the listener is a user who has signed up and has enabled Spotify connection with their Premium account. We play the same song simultaneously for the set time (for example, a playlist on repeat in the hour, with the same song playing at the same time to each user listening in), but only to users who are signed up and connected. Is the problem that the same song is played simultaneously, or is it something else?
Thank you for your help!

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