One of the first music streaming services, Grooveshark is going to shut down. Before the world had Spotify, there arrived Grooveshark- but now the company gives up. After April 30, it would not come back, as said by a statement on its website.
Grooveshark was launched nearly ten years ago with a goal of making music more sharable and discoverable. But in early days, there were lots of unlicensed music on the service. Although Grooveshark itself did not upload these tracks, the site’s users did this. But the platform could not avoid the responsibility of respecting copyrights. After few record companies sued the streaming service, it was in trouble. At a point, they went into settlement with Sony and EMI in 2013, which was not enough to save Grooveshark.
The streaming company has agreed to remove all illegal music files from its servers. It also encouraged music fans to use legal subscriptions like Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats etc.
The Google Play and Spotify reference may sound interesting to some guys who know the history. In last November, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek described Grooveshark as a ‘pirate’ service. And the Google Play store kicked out the Grooveshark Android app twice in the past.
In an open letter to the users, it urged that the music lovers should compensate the artists, song writers and every other parties who have efforts to make a great music possible. The company suggested http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music to find an alternative music service.
Grooveshark is not the first online service which is going to close after facing legal battles. You must remember Megaupload, which was sued by several major entertainment companies because it was a platform where users could upload and share movies, music and other stuffs without paying the copyright holder a penny.