Music streaming service took a major hit last month when all 4 major labes pulled all teir support for the service. Now this may not be a major issue to those who use GrooveShark for their indie catalog, but it is hard to see a music stremaing service that essentially lacks anything being played on the radio or is signed to a major American label. These labels, for the record, are Warner Music Group, Sony, Universal, and BMG. There also suing the service, so I would say stay positive, but it’s beyond grim.
Their lack of support left GrooveShark in a more than precarious position. If history repeats itself, GrooveShark has no more history to back.
Yet recently this week, GrooveShark has pulled out a lifeline that may give them a future to be. With the pulled support from the majors, they lost all playable on mobile devices, and all the music associated with the labels. Yet it is the mobile streaming that damaged more so, a music streaming device isn’t worth much if it can’t be played on the go.
GrooveShark has put in motion an html5 application. For those unaware of basic tech knowledge, html5 is a coding script syntex that is one of the most universal and accepted forms, readable on all mobile devices. With that said, the service plans to extend its life by offering a user-friednly saccesible mobile applicaton. The service should be functional in ANY browser as well.
Though the service in this new form is still in “beta,” so is Google Plus and that’s been beating down the social media walls of Facebook for well over a year.
There are many glitches and issues with the new service, but that is to expected. In the coming weeks, expect GrooveShark to collapse almost entirely or see a slightly resurged life in its new presentable 2.0 form.
Image Source: iPhone, GrooveShark functionality
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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