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Old 12th December 2015, 18:00   #1
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Caching API results and server hammering

Hi everyone!

I have just become a SHOUTcast partner and received my DevID.

I read pretty much everything here: SHOUTcast_Radio_Directory_API

and here: SHOUTcast_API_License_Agreement

And I have a tough question: should I cache the results from API calls?

If decided to cache, I would be going against what is requested in the SHOUTcast Radio Directory API:
Do not cache the XML for more than 1 day, as station ID's can and will change.
If I did not cache anything, I would be going against the SHOUTcast API License Agreement:
Please do not hammer the servers. We request reasonable usage and recommend that you utilize local caching.

Moreover, let's suppose I decide to cache results. Since those results are 100% based on users' queries, wouldn't it be somewhat silly to cache those results, as my app's users would probably enter different queries every time????

In an effort to try to solve my problem, I had the idea of downloading the entire SHOUTcast database, once a day/week, and then, upload it to my own server. Afterwards, my app would send all queries to my server, and wouldn't bother SHOUTcast's servers at all.

The problem with such an approach, though, is that I could not find a way to download the entire SHOUTcast database at once, like we can do with IceCast's

What should I do next???? How should I proceed?

I'm afraid of hurting the SHOUTcast API License Agreement and getting my DevId revoked:
We reserve the right to revoke access for DevIDs which abuse the system.
Thanks in advance!!
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