There are more free, legal ways to stream music over the Internet than ever, but it was still a bit of a shock to see Grooveshark finally go offline after more than half a decade of legal battles and controversy. I had always just assumed that Grooveshark would be around forever, fighting the good fight and refusing to adapt, but the record companies finally got the better of the dubious streaming service on April 30th.
The music streaming service Grooveshark seems to be stuck in perpetual hot water. When we last reported on Grooveshark, the company’s app had been pulled from the Google Play store, and things haven’t been much smoother in the year since then. After surviving a few lawsuits and finally launching an HTML5 compatible version of their site, a recent settlement and licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the largest music publishing company in the world, might be a sign of a more stable future for Grooveshark. More →
Well, that didn’t take long. Just two days after popular music streaming app Grooveshark was allowed back onto the Google Play app store, Google (GOOG) has apparently decided to yank the app once again without providing an immediate explanation. A Grooveshark spokesperson tells BGR that Google has not yet told the company why it again decided to pull its app from Google Play and reiterates that Grooveshark is eager to work with Google to get any issues resolved so Android users can once again download it from Google’s official app store. Android users can still install the Grooveshark app by downloading it directly from Grooveshark’s website.
Grooveshark, the popular music service that lets users upload their songs and stream them to computers and smartphones, is back on the Google (GOOG) Play app store. Google had yanked the app from the store more than a year ago after copyright holders complained it was letting users download music illegally. Per CNET, Grooveshark says that any illegal downloads were facilitated by third-party apps illegally using Grooveshark’s name, and the company has worked to stop them. BGR spoke to Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino in a recent episode of the BGR Show. More →
This week we sat down with Sam Tarantino, co-founder and CEO of streaming music service Grooveshark to discuss the state of the music industry, streaming music services, and what Grooveshark is doing to empower both independent artists and record labels. We also discuss the company’s legal battle with major labels as well as Grooveshark’s new product called Beluga, which lets artists get deep insights into listener behavior with access to more than 100 different data points about their fans and listeners. Beluga helps musicians optimize their strategies by learning exactly where they should plan tour stops, what merchandise to carry at their shows and more. The full episode can be seen below and don’t forget to subscribe to the i am OTHER YouTube channel to be the first to catch The BGR Show each week. More →