A week after Grooveshark’s operators shut it down, a user has brought it back from the depths, with 90% of the files accounted for.
Calling himself “Shark,” the person behind the site’s resurrection tells BGR he’s working to collecting the remaining 10% of files and fully recreate Grooveshark’s library.
“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,” Shark says. He’s also hoping to recreate the website’s original playlists and favorites options.
BGR’s Jacob Siegel warns any potential users of the revamped Grooveshark.io that it “appears to be little more than a clone (or a skin) of an ‘MP3 search engine’ called MP3Juices.se, which I only recommend visiting if you’re a big fan of ads (and crappy UI). The copyright pages are identical, the privacy notices are identical and, most importantly, the catalogs of available MP3s are identical.”
Just last week, on April 30, the original Grooveshark shut down operations after seven years as part of a settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by record labels in 2007. A federal judge in New York told Grooveshark’s original management it was facing fines in excess of $700 million in damages for allowing illegal downloading and streaming of music without permission, despite the company’s assertion it was no different from YouTube, according to Time.
The company, founded in early 2006 by three undergrads from the University of Florida, wasn’t always seen as problematic. In 2008, two of the cofounders were named finalists for Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs,” while in 2011, the website was a finalist for Mashable’s Best Music Service or App and its cofounders again honored, this time by Forbes in its list of 30 Under 30 in Music.