Before Internet music jukebox Grooveshark shut down on April 30th, many insiders who wondered how this “listen to whatever you want” music service could stay in business. The answer was they couldn’t.
For years, Grooveshark visitors could simply type in a song title and then hear that song, instantly and over and over again. Fans built and played customized, song-specific playlists.
But a note posted at Grooveshark.com says the site has shut down for good.
“Despite the 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. That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.” It continues, “As part of a settlement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all of the record companies’ copyrighted works and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.”
So that’s that, right? Not so fast. What’s being called a “clone of Grooveshark” is now active at Grooveshark.io (the original Grooveshark resided at Grooveshark.com).
A report online at The Verge states that the clone site’s creator, identified only as “Shark,” has cloned roughly 90% of Grooveshark’s content to launch Grooveshark.io. That means that millions of files uploaded by individual users are once again available as a “free jukebox” on Grooveshark.io. But for how long?
The original Grooveshark argued that since licensed owners of the music uploaded their files to Grooveshark, no copyright laws were violated. After years of battle in-and-out of the courts, the record labels finally won their case and Grooveshark ceased operations. But Shark and this new site either seem willing to take on that fight or just enjoy being pirates.
“It’s going to be a roller coaster and we’re ready for it,” Shark told online news source BGR.
If you wish to use this new service, you might want to get there fast and exercise patience. My first search for the Boz Scaggs’ blues classic “Loan Me A Dime” revealed the top three search results as Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” and A-Ha’s “Take on Me.”
This new jukebox may have arrived already broken.