Apple Pulls Grooveshark From App Store, Because Universal Music Doesn't Like It

from the time-to-move-to-the-open-app-market dept

As a whole bunch of you have been submitting, apparently Apple yanked Grooveshark's iPhone app after receiving a complaint from Universal Music, one of the record labels who has sued Grooveshark, and is claiming that it has not properly licensed the music. Grooveshark has argued for years that what it's doing is legal, but multiple record labels have disagreed. Still, Apple wants to keep the major record labels happy, so bye-bye Grooveshark. Perhaps they should explore creating a web app and putting it on something like the OpenAppMkt, since that's outside of Apple's control...


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  •  
    icon
    Jay (profile), Aug 18th, 2010 @ 8:26am

    It's legal but Grooveshark has told the labels they would rather pay than legal stuff.

    Don't know why Universal is pulling the legal card though.

    Discussing Grooveshark's look at DMCA takedowns

    It'll be interesting if Universal loses the case...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    icon
    m3mnoch (profile), Aug 18th, 2010 @ 8:51am

    or, it could be the business conflict with itunes (and universal just makes a sweet scapegoat) since it's still up in the android store.

    /shrug

    m3mnoch.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    icon
    cc (profile), Aug 18th, 2010 @ 8:55am

    This is the first I hear of Grooveshark, but it's just brill! :D

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    silvo, Aug 18th, 2010 @ 10:18am

    What's with all the OpenAppMkt publicity?

    Seriously, Mike, do you have a deal with them or what? I keep seeing links to OpenAppMkt in many of your posts. I agree that it is a great idea, but I am afraid you are close to overpromoting it...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    spc, Aug 18th, 2010 @ 10:43am

    You know what's briliant about GS, it works in my country.Yap, works in Poland. It's not bloody Spotify which basically tells me to take a hike: "Beat it peasant, Thou are not worthy..."
    They've got everything, amazing variety. Two thumbs up for Grooveshark.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    •  
      identicon
      Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2010 @ 12:20pm

      Re:

      That is the problem really, an app that works all over the world means only 1 lousy license when some people were thinking about a hundred hundred million licenses.

       

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    icon
    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Aug 18th, 2010 @ 11:09am

    Can you spell...

    Android! Android! Android! To H with the iPhone!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    icon
    Jaws4theRevenge (profile), Aug 18th, 2010 @ 11:16am

    Um... this Grooveshark thing is awesome. It hasn't freaked out because in Ireland yet. This... hasn't happened before. Is it a trap?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2010 @ 12:35pm

    it's still available if you jail break

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    icon
    Brendan (profile), Aug 18th, 2010 @ 1:32pm

    Thanks for the headsup.

    I'd heard of Grooveshark before, but never bothered trying it.

    Now that the legacy giants are suing, it's safe to assume the service is actually provide some interesting value or otherwise doing something very right.

    Thanks RIAA!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    amanda, Aug 19th, 2010 @ 4:44pm

    Universal just want a big slice of the cake so to speak, with spotify not available in the USA yet, grooveshark could become the biggest on demand streaming service in America with the Iphone app so Universal want to milk as much money as they can from grooveshark before they withdraw their complaint

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    Roel, Aug 24th, 2010 @ 7:23am

    Wow grooveshark is amazing! Thanks for letting me know about this, Universal!
    This is one of the first decent music apps available in my country. I'm impressed and even considering paying for the VIP membership! Hats off, grooveshark.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This