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Quota limits for YouTube Android Player API

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I would like to use the YouTube Android Player APIs in an new Android app. Can you shed some light on what the free usage limits are for this API? I am interested in how many videos can be played per day before hitting the free API limit.

I have already done some background research and here is what I know:

  1. The Android Player API uses the YouTube app and the YouTube Data APIs v3 to play videos.
  2. The programmer must supply a Data API v3 key which tracks usage.
  3. Access to the Data APIs v3 is limited to 5 million units per day per app.
  4. Different operations via the Data APIs v3 carry different costs in terms of units.

As far as I can see, the YouTube app is in control of placing requests to the Data API. How can I compute the reads / writes / updates, etc that the YouTube app uses on my behalf when I don’t have the source code? And how can I translate these operations into units and then into actual videos? Videos are what I care about and what I can actually control via the Android Player API.

Let’s take the video for Baby by Justin Beiber as an example. It is 3 minutes 45 seconds long and its id is kffacxfA7G4 and full URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kffacxfA7G4. What would it take in units to play this video if I supplied the id to the Android Player API as the starting point? How many different such videos can be played via the API per day?

EDIT: This question is largely directed at the people on the YouTube API team @ Google (like https://stackoverflow.com/users/385997/jeff-posnick) who use the youtube-api tag on StackOverflow for tech support. See this blog post for details: https://youtube-eng.googleblog.com/2012/09/the-youtube-api-on-stack-overflow_14.html

How to&Answers:

Usage and Quotas. YouTube may, in its sole discretion, set a quota of
operations on Your YouTube API usage. You shall not attempt to
circumvent automated use-quota restrictions.

from: https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms

And that means that you simply don’t know what the quota is, if there is a quota, and basically it’s a unilateral choice if your app will live or die.

I should also remind the fact that commercial solutions are likely to break this kind of license or they are not a good solution at all simply because you are going to offer a product when you have no power over it.

I also highly suggest to read the API Use and Prohibitions sections.