I am building a media streaming app. In order to keep it free for me + the users, I need to set limits so I don’t use up my streaming allotment on Cloudinary. I’m not sure if this is the most logical / straightforward way to approach this (please be honest if it isn’t! I’m a n00b, but I can handle critique! ) …
I’m thinking maybe I should set a max amount of streaming for the app?
Limit the user to 1 total hour of use per day.
Limit the user to 5 total hours / month.
When their personal limit is reached, the app will navigate from the media screen and hide it if they open the app again during that day (if time elapsed) or that month (if time elapsed).
Is this even possible without user accounts? Is this entering crazy complicated territory land?
I am providing specific media that isn’t out there in this way. I want very much to keep it a 100% unlimited stream + free app, but I’m just plain unsure how to do so with the cost of streaming itself?
I’ve estimated that I’d get about 400 hours of free streaming via the free Cloudinary subscription… so if I had 100 active users, they’d only get 4 hours per month.
I don’t know how else to provide media for people to stream it as much as they like at no cost to myself (or them).
If you have any suggestions though, I am 1000000% all ears!
No, just audio! I’m providing about 150 - 200mb on a shuffled loop… wanted it to play for them as long as they liked, but as I researched it more, realised that would be a problem with streaming costs. I didn’t know any of that when I started!
Very good questions Jared! So, I the most important function to me is that the app will share all of this audio in a shuffled + totally random order, until the full list of audio is all played, then repeats it all over again shuffled… (the same audio file should not repeat multiple times in a row after it’s already played… there should be a long space before the user hears the same file again).
I don’t want the audio to be in the same order every single time for these users, as in each time they open the app it starts with audio 1, then 2, then 3. Then I might as well just give them a set playlist or send them over to youtube or a podcast station. “Shuffled” is key here.
Would I be able to do all of this via an mp3 server?
What do you think?
Thank you for taking the time to dialogue over this. I appreciate your insight!