Tears of the Shark

tear of grooveshark

The irritating ads or the annoying user-interference? Simply put; none of those features within grooveshark was enough to cut me loose…That connection was finalized, with me, and thousands of listeners by big boys with JDs.

Every morning, I’d pick one of the recently “favorited” songs and put up with the wonderful deals at Sam’s Club, or the ambitious young nerds wanting to fight cybercrime through their quality education at DeVry University. I’d fasten my helmet, and ride along to work in my 1982 Yamaha Maxim with my beloved tunes radiating underneath my helmet.

I liked Grooveshark because it was quite orange, had a decent database of songs, but most of all because it was free. All these combined, justified putting up with ads and the UI, and not switching to spotify (green uggh).

As another day came to an end, I was getting ready for the ride back home. I got my phone to hit play, but noticed that grooveshark was rather slow, maybe too slow. Everything was clear once I hit refresh and saw this notice:

I knew this was coming, but just like the treatment we employ on our alarm clock, I kept snoozing. I remember googling “is Grooveshark legal?” at least a couple of times within the last year. But this erroneous thought kept popping up: “Afterall, how can grooveshark get shut down when youtube accounts for more copyright issues than any other site?” Nevertheless, it was this very reason, as stated in their announcement.

According to Business Insider, Grooveshark was sued  by copyright owners (artists, publishers, music labels and etc.) even though a settlement was reach in 2013 with EMI and Sony. But as extremetech.com summarizes:  “ Grooveshark was skirting copyright law to operate. And now that might be coming back to take a big bite out of the shark.” 

To further amplify on the news published on extremetech.com: Grooveshark had serious intentions of becoming a legitimate platform with proper licensing, which had already been signed with several indie record labels. In the end, they lost the race to competitors like Pandora and Spotify, who had secured all licensing issues before fully launching their online services.

Some of our Turkish readers may remember the similar fate of fizy, which was once designated by Mashable Awards as the best music search engine. A similar legal enforcement was carried out, and the site was blocked in 2010, just after a year of its launch. You can read more about the fizy case here.

What’s Next ►?

We may have lost our Orange Shark, but what does the future hold for the massive online music community? Spotify seems to be aware of the legal battle, and has launched an alluring deal offering a “3-Month Spotify Premium Trial Subscription” at $0.99 which isn’t really bad, when you think about the rather cool UI design and satisfying database, and of course, the last.fm scorbbling add-on, which is a must for chemists like us. (I see what you did there, Spotify ;))

All in all, we lost one of the most significant online platforms, where I’ve also had the utmost pleasure of broadcasting tunes of my taste. Grooveshark was one of the first music-streaming sites, and had a pretty good run despite the legal affairs. Rest in peace Grooveshark, the tech industry, coupled with vicious lawyers in suits, is where the little fish can devour the big fish…RIP.

P.S – We’ll keep you posted on how this affects the traffic at last.fm and try our best to statistically infer a meaning out of any sort of fluctuation. Until the, keep tuned…

Update: 05/01/2015 00:06
Good news: you can save your saved playlists here -> http://groovebackup.com/

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