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Grooveshark is back – music industry now facing a new Pirate Bay type problem

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Just five days after music streaming and download site Grooveshark was shut down due to legal pressures, it’s resurfaced, complete with all the same content and functionality. In a move reminiscent of the dodge ’em and run tactics employed by The Pirate Bay tormenting site, the folk behind the new Grooveshark claim that they’re ‘here to stay’. Which indicates the music industry is in for another long spell of Whac-A-Mole.

Of course times have changed a lot since Grooveshark first appeared in 2007, so this new service will have to compete with the legal and hugely popular services like Spotify and Pandora, as well as the all powerful YouTube, which contains just about all the music any one human would want to hear in one lifetime. But whatever the motivations, it appears that this is just a resurrection for the sake of it. We’re doing it because we can.

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The site is currently running fine, despite going down earlier yesterday, but it’s going to be interesting to see how many people actually use the service now there are so many different and legal options available. It’s interesting to note the site carries a lot of legal disclaimers, over the fact that it is just a ‘search engine’, rather like Google, which happens to focus on finding MP3 files. And so the show goes on…

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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