Grooveshark: Cockroach of the Music Industry?

GrooveMP3, a Grooveshark Clone

Introducing GrooveMP3, the latest in a long string of Grooveshark clones.

Grooveshark was taken offline more than one year ago, and the domain name seized by Universal Music Group (it now leads to a ticketing site, ScoreBig).  But that didn’t stop an endless spawn of endless clones, all catching traffic from wandering, zombie-like users searching for free, on-demand music online.

Many of those were subsequently shutdown, especially those assuming grooveshark.com variants with .li and .ml extensions.  But the ‘Grooveshark’ brand still carries a lot of weight (and, potential traffic).  Accordingly, clones are still popping up, with some catching serious users and resulting advertising money.  That includes GrooveMP3, which offers a user interface similar to the shuttered music app, complete with easy, browser-based on-demand music.

GrooveMP3 seems to combine a lot of the traditional aspects of the original application, including ample selection of chart-topping releases.  Those are all available on-demand, and presented in an easy, browser-based UI.

Grooveshark clone GrooveMP3

Now, that simplicity is taking off, with GrooveMP3 enjoying heavy growth this month across several continents.  Brazil and Mexico are where the biggest growth has occurred, according to web-based rankings by Alexa, with the US showing modest traction as well.

GrooveMP3 appears to have first hit the radar in April, with July being its highest-growth month.  Perhaps part of the reason is an easy-to-use, uncluttered, and relatively ad-free interface.  And, lots of top-ranked content, with solid sound quality and organization.

The emergence of GrooveMP3, more than a year after the original Grooveshark was shutdown, seems to validate the cryptic words of an ex-Grooveshark employee.  In a note delivered to Digital Music News in May of 2015, the person (who at least claimed to be a former employee of the company) offered this promise:

After you read this you’re gonna see just how pathetic and arbitrary this whole thing was and why I’m doing what I’m doing…”

“See the RIAA is busy suing grooveshark.io while I’ve already got grooveshark.li live for 10 days.  So when they get to that I already have the next one ready to go — see how this works?   Always one step aheahd, because when you shut down li I aleady have 12 more in my back pocket.  And that’s just the layer you can see.

“and just so I can be 100% clear: GROOVESHARK WILL NEVER DIE!  I’m gonna make sure of that”

 

 

 

7 Responses

  1. PiratesRus

    “… of the music industry” is slander. It is in fact of the “Digital Industry”, and more in fact like a date rapist. Close the DMCA Safe Harbor excuse.

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  2. Anonymous

    Someone suggested that why don’t the majors merely re-launch it using their catalogs (and they can easily license the mechanicals if they do not already administer them) as they own Grooveshark in its’ entirety and in so doing circumventing all the clones now and in future?

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  3. Mike

    It’s nice but to my opinion streamsquid.com
    is a more complete more easy to use service

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