As the streaming wars heat up, another casualty has been revealed – Grooveshark. The website, which was basically like the streaming version of Kazaa, featured user-uploaded music but never secured licensing deals for any of it. Launched in 2007, it claimed users could, ““Play any song in the world, for free!,” making it a major pain for record labels.
Yesterday, the website posted a message saying they would be officially shutting down “as part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies.” They also apologized for never securing any proper licenses for the music they hosted, though the apology sounds somewhat hollow now that they’ve been forced to close.
“At the time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer – and think you deserve. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody, and Rdio, among many others.”
While the service was doomed to fail with its free-for-all attitude, we’ll miss the rare music that was hosted on there legally. Rest in peace Grooveshark.