Grooveshark shuts down and hands over all of its content to record labels
The popular online music streaming service, Grooveshark is shutting down.
The company has announced the news in a statement posted on its homepage.
Grooveshark was founded by Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, and the service made its debut eight years ago, in 2007. Initially launched as a premium music download service, it soon offered a flash based web music player, which rose to fame with millions of users.
It began to let users upload music content to its website, and this included copyrighted content from major artists and studios, in a P2P (peer to peer) distribution service.
However things soon turned grim, and it was slapped with Copyright notices from several Music companies, who claimed that Grooveshark was distributing their content illegally, i.e indulging in music piracy. But Grooveshark continued to live on in various forms including mobile apps for Android and iOS platforms.
The copyright issues ensued and Google and Apple, removed the mobile apps from their respective app stores.
On April 30, 2015, Grooveshark announced that the service and the website belonging to it are being shut down. In its official statement, the company acknowledges that it “Made very serious mistakes, and that it had failed to secure licenses from rights holders”, to distribute the music through its service.
Grooveshark apologized by saying “That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.” It also goes on to explain that it has reached an agreement with the Major Record Companies, as part of which, Grooveshark is ceasing operations immediately. It will also delete all of the copyrighted content belonging to the right holders from its websites.
And if you think it will return, no there is absolutely no chance, as Grooveshark has handed over all of its virtual belongings to the record companies, including the ownership of its website, mobile apps, intellectual properties, patents and copyrights. The website is already dead, and all you can access is the homepage where the statement is posted as an image.
Reuters reports that Groovesharks’ parent company Escape Media is being sued by 9 record companies, including Arista Music, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Bros Records. Grooveshark could be forced to pay $736 million in damages for copyright infringements, approximately $150,000 per song for over 5000 songs it distributed illegally.
Some popular and legal alternatives for Grooveshark are Spotify, 8tracks, Last.FM, Pandora, Deezer, Rhapsody, Rdio. If you are looking to buy premium music content you can also check out Amazon Music, the Apple iTunes Store, and Google Play.