From records and 8-tracks to MP3s and Walkmen, technology changes the way in which we absorb our music. At this point, few people have memories of hauling suitcases full of cassette tapes (or even CDs) around with them on vacation as kids, and in a few more years perhaps even the ever-ubiquitous iPod will be just a memory of the past, removed from it's throne by a software that streams music to you directly in your head.
Until then, we have to make do with the technology that we have - and increasingly music fans are incorporating cloud-based, streaming services into their repetoire. From long-standing services like Rhapsody, to just-released softwares like Spotify, there are a slew of streaming music services to choose from. So, which one will work best for you? Read on for the highlights of twelve of the top options and be sure to let us know what your favorite is in the comments!
Just as tens of thousands of sites were getting ready to plunge themselves into darkness to (successfully) protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy legislations, music streaming service Grooveshark went dark in Germany on Wednesday. It too was protesting against something. But that’s where the similarities end. The company, a bête noire of music labels, has decided to shut down its German operations due to the “unreasonably high” licensing costs being demanded by music performance rights outfit GEMA , which claims to represent “64,000 members (composers, lyricists, and music publishers), as well as over two million copyright holders all over the world.”
Grooveshark is currently being sued by everyone under the sun for its controversial non-licensed music streaming service. As the legal pressures continued to mount in 2011, Grooveshark’s app was pulled from the iOS App Store, and the Android Market. Rather than go back and forth with Google and Apple, Grooveshark has opted to bypass the app stores with an HTML5 web app.
Grooveshark’s employees illegally upload hundreds of thousands of copyrighted songs to the service to boost its usefulness. Universal Music produced emails from Grooveshark’s CEO in which he basically admitted that they were growing a tremendous user base “without paying a dime to any of the labels” – which doesn’t prove employees upload songs, but could throw a big dent in Grooveshark’s DMCA Safe Harbor claims. Oh yeah, as if that wasn’t bad enough, the emails apparently pissed off Sony and Warner, too, and now they’re likely gearing up to sue Grooveshark, too.
When we wrote a streaming music services round-up on Maximum Tech, we only briefly touched on Grooveshark, the popular service based around user uploaded tracks. “And, um, we're still not completely sure that Grooveshark is legal,” was the extent of our coverage. As it turns out, newly revealed emails from Grooveshark CEO Sina Simantob prove that, well, the company’s entire business plan hinges on its dubious – at best – legality.
Grooveshark is no stranger to lawsuits having been sued countless times. But the latest lawsuit, even though it's from a familiar foe, seems to be a bit different. Universal Media group on Friday filed a fresh lawsuit against the online music streaming service, accusing it of running a massive music uploading effort internally. Hit the jump for more.
Online music streaming service Grooveshark recently switched to a new design. Given all the questions over the service’s legality, it’s quite likely that the latest redesign is intended to bring the company some good fortune in the courtroom. Actually, it better be a good luck charm because Grooveshark desperately needs one as its legal woes show no sign of ebbing. The company now finds itself in the cross hairs of a Danish anti-piracy outfit.
Google removed the Grooveshark music streaming app from the Android Market earlier this month, citing an unspecified violation of its policies. But the Gainesville-based music streaming service, already inured to legal hassles and app removals, has returned to Android with an unofficial app. Hit the jump for more.
Grooveshark will no longer be able to serenade Android users as Google pulled down the company's music app from the Android Market on Tuesday. The unceremonious removal, according to a Google spokesperson, was consistent with the company's policy of removing all those apps that violate its terms of service. But there could be a lot more behind the removal of Grooveshark's app than the rather hackneyed clarification offered by Google suggests. More on this story after the jump.