After Nearly Ten Years, the Record Industry Finally Killed Grooveshark

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Remember Grooveshark, that bootleggy version of Pandora that let you stream any song, in surprisingly high quality, for free? After nearly a decade of blatant copyright infringement, the site’s finally totally kaput.

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Here’s an excerpt of the epitaph that now lives on Grooveshark’s website, which hints at the very serious and very costly lawsuits that have plagued the music streaming service for years:

Dear music fans,

Today [April 30th] we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

This was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

It’s actually kinda amazing Grooveshark lasted as long as it did—when Universal opened a lawsuit against the site in 2011, it demanded Grooveshark fork over $150,000 a pop for each of nearly 2,000 unlicensed songs. And yet, against all odds, Grooveshark managed to cling on (and afford its legal fees) for another few years. Anyway, the end we were all expecting has finally arrived. RIP Grooveshark, it was nice listening to your magically free music while it lasted. [Reddit]

DISCUSSION

Lemme just take a look at the website real quick....Yup, it’s still up...my torrenting site is still up. *phew*

Now, I would call myself a music addict. I have a song stuck in my head from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed, sometimes 2 at a time (yes, they play over one another). I listen to music in the car, I listen to it at work, at my personal computer, when I’m working on my car, when I’m mowing my lawn, when I’m cooking, when I’m jogging, and sometimes while I fall asleep. I’m in a small non-performing band that meets once a week. I have a Pandora, Spotify, IHeartRadio, MixCloud, RockMyRun, and had Grooveshark at one point in time, and I have an XM subscription that came free with my new truck.

Streaming Radio (and XM) SUCKS for one particular reason: It’s WAY too repetitive. It’s just like FM used to be, You listen long enough, you can almost predict the next song that will be coming up next. I get sick of every station after about 2 days and I have to either create a new station or bear with it.

It’s one of the reasons I still use MP3s, when possible, because I happen to like FULL albums, and I am over 10,000 songs strong. Maybe not in numeric order, but at the very least, if I like the over-played top-40 song that some band has on the radio, 95% of the time, I also like their other songs (you know, the songs that some tools like to call “filler” songs). I mean, the apps are great for discovering music, but they quickly get stale and I’m no longer listening to new stuff, I’m just listening to the same FM Top-40 crap, and I have to figure out a way to mix it up.

The music industry is the absolute worst thing to happen to Music, and while it’s been a good while since I’ve used Grooveshark, I think Grooveshark’s failure is a good example of why the Music Industry HATES Music Fans. You see, Grooveshark was a little flawed in a world of Pandora copy-cats. The music discovery algorithm was somewhat useless, I could go from Death Metal to Taylor Swift in a single bound. A lot of the music was disorganized and I might hear 6 versions of the same song within an hour (an accoustic, a live, a cover, etc). There were a lot of unsigned bands uploading their own music to Grooveshark, and, god love it, I had so much control over the songs. I could create playlists, I could save songs to listen to later, I could rewind, repeat, go back to the previous song. It really was an amazing way to experience streaming music, and if anything, it was much closer to what makes Netflix great than the brain-less DJs that live inside your Pandora-like app.