A Week After Its Shutdown, Grooveshark is Back…Kind Of

May 6, 2015

3:00 pm

Nearly a week since the music stream service shut down its operations and ended its years-long legal battles and controversy, Grooveshark seems to have come back from the dead.

According to BGR, staff writer Jacob Siegal was contacted by a man calling himself as “Shark” and made him aware that Grooveshark was revived. The new site – operating under the new domain grooveshark.io – seems to operate as a mere skin of an MP3 search engine called MP3Juices.se, but uses the original catalogs of available MP3s from Grooveshark.

It’s reported that the unidentified man is associated with Grooveshark and has assembled a team behind him to bring back the entire Grooveshark UI back to life. In the email sent to Siegal, Shark writes:

“How can I do this? Well, I started backing up all the content on the website when I started suspecting that Grooveshark’s demise is close and my suspicion was confirmed a few days later when they closed. By the time they closed I have already backed up 90% of the content on the site and I’m now working on getting the remaining 10%.”

After almost ten years in operation, Grooveshark finally agreed to shut down operations after a series of lawsuits from major record companies. Hugely popular while in its nascency. the company quickly became a leader in the online music streaming industry. But after four years of legal battles, the company ultimately fell. In a statement posted to its site last Thursday, Grooveshark said:

“We started out nearly 10 years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service. That was wrong. We apologize.”

If you already miss Grooveshark, then check out Grooveshark.io. Or don’t…because it’s not the same.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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