Let’s be clear on this, I love Grooveshark. I have professed my love several times on this blog, and I’ve championed it to the extent that quite a few people have signed up and paid for the yearly membership [SORRY]. The promise of Grooveshark was to give me easy access to the music I love, anytime, anywhere. This has been broken lately.
Duplicates of songs and albums, incomplete listings and ID3 information. I noticed these blemishes long ago, but hey, no one’s perfect, and the relationship had way more ups than downs; platform independence, access anywhere, and a shared collection of music. Its ease of use was unparalleled, and it wasn’t that much of a stretch to cobble an album or playlist together.
Grooveshark has always skirted a legal grey area, but as of late, their legal woes have caught up with them. All four major record labels are suing them, and its outright blocked in Germany, last I heard. I haven’t bothered reading up on whatever other troubles they’re in.
And then songs started disappearing.
I’d open up a playlist, and track 4 would be missing. No bother, I’ll go search for the song. Oh, the song doesn’t exist anywhere on Grooveshark. That took it from inconvenience to annoyance.
Last week, I opened Grooveshark, eager to play Destroyer’s Kaputt [amazing album, by the way!]. It was gone. All of it.
Coincidentally, I was trying out the Rdio Android app, and thought since I’ve got the 7 day unlimited trial, I’ll open up the website.
I searched for “kaputt”, and was shocked to see just one album listing, and a complete one at that. Yes, this simple given for any of you came as a pleasant surprise to me.
I played the album in its entirety, at 320kbps, with the blessing of the record company. Amazing! Is this how an affair feels? Ok, I really shouldn’t have attempted to weave this analogy through the post…
To Grooveshark (aka soundtrack madness) is my greatest creation on Grooveshark. A 1141 song franken-playlist of musicals and soundtracks. I won’t be able to recreate this on Rdio. Then again, most of the OSTs that I do listen to on there on a regular basis are on Rdio.
See where my mind is at, and how I’m justifying the breakup in every paragraph? Yeh, I think I’ve just about left.