Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs.
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Triggers when you create a new playlist.
Triggers when a new track is added to one of your playlists or playlist you follow.
Triggers when you save a new track to Your Music library.
New Document Within a Firestore Collection
Adds a track to one of your playlist.
Create a new playlist.
Save a track to Your Music library.
Creates a new document within a Cloud Firestore collection.
Spotify is a digital music service that offers access to millions of songs. Launched in 2008, the company now has more than 70 million active users and 20 million paying subscribers. It is available in 58 markets worldwide. In 2014, Spotify filed for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, but the process was discontinued.
Spotify works on a freemium model, which means that you can use it for free or upgrade to a Premium account. More than 60 percent of its revenue comes from sales of its Premium subscriptions, which offer offline playback and ad-free listening.
Cloud Firestore is a NoSQL document database for mobile, web, and server development from Google. It gives developers real-time data synchronization and offline support with seamless authentication, security, and scalability.
Last year, Spotify announced that it would be integrating the Google Cloud Platform (GCP. services to help improve its business results. The integration of GCP services includes Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE. for container orchestration, BigQuery for big data analytics, PubSub for messaging, and Cloud Functions for serverless computing. The integration of these services will allow Spotify to focus more on innovation rather than managing the infrastructure.
The integration of Cloud Firestore is another step in this direction. Currently, Spotify uses a custom database built on top of MySQL to store and retrieve user data. After moving to Cloud Firestore, it will be able to use a state-of-the-art NoSQL document database with full support for offline queries and real-time synchronization at no extra cost.
Cloud Firestore’s offline support will allow Spotify to develop apps for new platforms like smart speakers and IoT devices without worrying about limited network connectivity. With real-time synchronization it will be able to handle the large amount of data generated by millions of users.
To understand why Spotify chose Cloud Firestore over other databases like MongoDB or MySQL, let’s compare some key features between them:
Feature MongoDB Cloud Firestore Number of documents per cplection — capped at 16–32M 1–10B Document size — capped at 16KB up to 1GB Records per index — capped at 100k up to 1M Read performance — O(1. O(log N. Sync performance — O(1. O(log N. Offline capability — Yes No Security — Custom settings Yes Auto-scaling — No Yes Data persistence — ACID Transactional JSON document access Replication — Yes No Durability — ACID ACID Performance — O(1. O(log N. Cost Optimization — No Yes Developer experience — Advanced Advanced Developer productivity — Advanced Advanced Querying capabilities Location-based filtering — Yes No Geospatial querying — Yes No Structured filters — Yes No Field-level security contrps — Yes No Expressive query language — Yes No SQL compatibility — Partial Partial Data manipulation operations Filter/projection — Yes No Aggregation — Yes No Joins — Yes No Subqueries — Yes No
Integrating Cloud Firestore will benefit Spotify in a number of ways:
Cloud Firestore provides better security contrp compared to MySQL. Spotify can define permissions on a document level rather than using accounts in MySQL. This will help in defining granular permissions for different rpes within the organization. It will also help in keeping sensitive data more secure as well as avoid accidental writes into production environments.
Cloud Firestore’s offline support will reduce network latency when users are working on their local devices where most of the time they are not connected to the Internet. A good example of this is Google Home where users can listen to songs on their smart speakers without the Internet. Although a Spotify app is already available on Google Home, it cannot be used unless the device is connected to the Internet. It will also allow Spotify to target new platforms like smart watches and smart TVs where there might not always be an Internet connection available.
Compared to MongoDB, Cloud Firestore will give Spotify more flexibility to scale both read and write database capacity independently. While MongoDB requires scaling an entire cluster for read performance when there is a huge increase in read traffic, this can be done individually with Cloud Firestore. You can also tune write throughput separately using sharding while it’s done automatically with MongoDB. Also, Cloud Firestore allows you to scale your storage options independently as well as grow your storage capacity by using different types of disks with different availability guarantees from Google Cloud Storage or Google Cloud Platform Cloud Datastore and using different instance classes including standard, memory optimized, preemptible or dedicated instances from Google Compute Engine or Google App Engine flexible environment.
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