Grooveshark, the website that takes money from advertisers to keep the doors open and pay its employees (sorry music rights holders…), has lost another partner in the world wide web. They’ve been banned from app stores, sued by all the major labels, banned from Danish ISPs, and now Facebook has called it quits.
This means that users can no longer share what they’re listening to from Grooveshark to their Facebook timeline, and they can’t log into their Grooveshark accounts using Facebook. Given how integrated Facebook logins are for people these days, and how important sharing and social media in general have become to the propagation of something’s popularity, this is a very big blow to the sickly Grooveshark.
But that’s not how Grooveshark sees it! Oh no, they’re sure it’s just a “mistake on Facebook’s part.” Yes, they’re always just “accidentally” dismantling integrated relationships like that. I’m sure ol’ Zuckers will flip the Grooveshark switch back to ‘on’ any time now and all will be back to normal. It’s not like Facebook has any other relationships with music providers as it is, and definitely not with any that actually have agreements in place to pay for the music they’re providing to users. coughSPOTIFYcough
I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to see the world from the convolutedly rose-colored perspective that Grooveshark manages to maintain no matter what, but it must be nice (until the inevitable bankruptcy and jail time comes to pass, of course).