A while back I write a post comparing Grooveshark and Lala.com, that’s before Apple bought Lala and killed it. So before I get into the nuts and bolts of my post, let me say that I’ve been a fan of Grooveshark. Before I started using Lala, I was a Grooveshark user. I’ve recommended Grooveshark to friends, peers, and even clients. So this post isn’t intended to bash the service, but instead address some uncertainties that have come to my attention.
What makes Grooveshark unique from other music database/cloud services I’m familiar with is the fact that it is user driven. People who sign up are able to upload their own library of music to the Grooveshark cloud to gain access to their music library online. Doing so also makes its accessible to other registrants. There is also a VIP service that makes the service ad-free as well as the ability to listen to music through their mobile app. Pretty sweet, right?
I can’t find the source I had in mind, but I remember reading a while back (a LONG while back) that Grooveshark had agreements in place with all the major record labels, which made uploading content possible and legal. So, when I received a DMCA notice for uploading a couple of tracks from Rodrigo y Gabriela’s 11:11 album, I was surprised…and a bit confused. Plus, I uploaded this music about a year ago, so why they notice now, months after the fact? My ability to upload music was also shut off.
My confusion transitioned to anger after I sent a few email messages asking why I was sent the notice and I never received a response. SO, like a good social media dude, I hit the Twittersphere and asked Grooveshark about the notice?
I had to followup after no answer…
I repeated my original question of “why?” My followup tweets were never answered after that, and as of today I still have no clear answer. Originally, I was going to let this go, move on and simply stop using Grooveshark. But then two other fellow Tweeters had the same complaint.
So this begs the question: Is Grooveshark misleading users?
Or, has the RIAA gotten its mitts on the service and are now trying to bastardize it as much as possible? I don’t have the answers, but I am hoping to get some. I’ve given Grooveshark plenty of opportunities to answer. I think all Grooveshark users deserve to understand the do’s and don’ts of the service.
One final thing I will add, I have uploaded other music, which I own and can gladly Twitpic the actual CDs (yes, I am still old school). I think the only album I didn’t upload was the recent album from Atreyu, which I paid and downloaded for via Amazon at bargain price. But it was only the Rodrigo y Gabriela songs that raised flags, so far.
So I’d like to know, have you run into this same problem? If so, I’d love to hear about it.