BABA: Soundcloud Announces Daily API Stream Limits – Not Including Embed

As many of you already know, Soundcloud is a top choice for both blogs and musicians alike in how we all prefer to showcase content. As of July 1st, Soundcloud will only allow 15,000 API requests per day, which means that once your song reaches 15,000 plays in your custom API design, you will have to navigate to Soundcloud to listen to the song. At first glance I can see how some people would be concerned and/or upset, but reading more of the fine detail, they mention how their embed player is not affected. So, unless you’re doing something really special and custom, you probably won’t be affected by this.

You can read Soundcloud’s statement below, and head over here to read it on their site. Be advised though, only the first 15,000 people who read this post will be able to read it below on our site. Yeah, jokes.

At SoundCloud, we’re building an ecosystem where creativity thrives. Developers are an important part of that ecosystem. We’re continually inspired by how you use the SoundCloud API to support creators and listeners in innovative ways.

But as the ecosystem has grown, we’re dealing with an increasing number of applications that abuse creator content by violating our developer Terms of Use. To help control this type of behaviour, we’re introducing a daily rate limit on API play requests.

Beginning July 1, client applications will be limited to 15,000 play requests per 24 hour period. These limits are applied to developer applications using the SoundCloud API, and have no impact on the SoundCloud embedded player.

Only a small number of developers will be affected by this change, and we’ve contacted them via email to ensure a smooth transition.

What this means for you:

  1. You should review our developer documentation on rate limiting. Limiting API access is common for API providers. If you’re unfamiliar with rate limits or how they work, we’re here to help.
  2. You should monitor your play requests.
  3. Make sure the email account associated with your app is up-to-date, and keep an eye out for communication from our team.

This change does not affect the SoundCloud embedded player, and if you have not heard from us, your app is unaffected.

In the coming months we’ll be introducing an application process for developers who’d like additional access.

This change is an opportunity for us to refocus our efforts and renew our commitment to developers. You’re an integral part of the SoundCloud community, and we look forward to seeing what you build next.


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