Discord invites people to communicate via audio, video, text and memes across communities (chat rooms) known as “servers” – more than 16 million of them have installed Groovy Bot.
A kind of music aggregator service, allows Groovy users to gather for online listening parties, play music from major services such as YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Deezer, Apple Music and Tidal. However, it is a catch. Since most of these platforms do not allow direct audio playback, Groovy uploads metadata to YouTube to find the closest equivalent to the intended track.
“It is with a heavy heart today that I announce that Groovy is closing,” founder Nik Ammerlaan wrote in an announcement. “The team has been pondering this decision for a while now, and unfortunately there is no way forward that includes Groovy.” The fine will end the service on 30 August.
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There is no word on the fate of similar Discord music robots, including Rhythm, Octave, Hydra and Chip. “We take the rights of others seriously and demand that developers who make robots for Discord do the same,” a spokesman for Discord told The Verge. “If a fine imposed on Discord violates the rights of others, that third party or Discord may take action.”
Google, YouTube, and Discord did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
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