Grooveshark has been around for almost a decade, but the company’s last few years have been a slow slide into legal oblivion. Now the music streaming service is finally dead.
The company updated its website on Friday, replacing the service with a long message explaining the decision to shut down. Essentially, Grooveshark failed to get the licenses it needed to stream much of the music on its site. The company was even caught uploading illegal music directly at one point.
“That was wrong,” the company admits. “We apologize. Without reservation.”
As part of a settlement with major record industry players including Universal, Sony and Warner, Grooveshark is handing over control of its website, mobile apps, patents, copyrights and any other intellectual property. All music has also been cleared from the company’s servers.
The death of Grooveshark may mark the end of an era when the idea of streaming music online was still new and untested. By now there are plenty of industry-approved options out there, from Spotify and Pandora to Google Play and whatever Apple plans to do with Beats Music.
It’s unclear if any of that would exist if it wasn’t for Grooveshark paving the way, but most music fans should be just fine moving forward without the troubled streaming service.