Google Lost Its Groove(shark)
We hate breaking up in public. :/ -- we'll be back on our feet soon.
On the verge of launching Google Music, the Android Market has kicked out Grooveshark, a music-industry rebel, at the behest of one or more of the record labels. With the pressure on to ensure that Google Music launches with the record labels' support, it's pretty obvious that Google was nudged into removing the Grooveshark app from the Android Market. Since Grooveshark has always maintained that they comply with the DMCA and the company has not been convicted of any wrongdoing, it's difficult to imagine Google removing the app for any other reason. Google's official response was that the app violated their policies, but no specifics were provided.
Grooveshark is a streaming music service that allows users to store their music in the cloud and stream their songs from the web or their mobile device. Not surprisingly, Apple removed their app from the App Store, probably after Steve Jobs received a nice little note from the RIAA. Now, on iOS, Grooveshark is only available on jailbroken devices.
Luckily, since Android allows third-party installations, Grooveshark can release their app outside of the Android Market without any restrictions. And, they’ve promised to do just that. It's a shame that the record industry is still taking a heavy-handed approach to innovative companies. The internet has all-but replaced the radio and since free music is available to be streamed from a variety of sources, the outcome is inevitable. The RIAA has lost battle after battle, and though it can't come soon enough, they will eventually lose the war too.