If you have been one of the five hundred thousand or so Grooveshark app user over at Facebook, you may have noticed that the app is not working anymore. Or, maybe you are one of the users who used a Facebook account to log in to the account at the Grooveshark website. Then, you also may have noticed that the login is not working anymore.
The reason for this is Facebook, which has completely banned the Grooveshark app on its site, and disabled login authorizations using Facebook's authorization service as well. According to Digital Music News, it was because of a "copyright infringement complaint" that Facebook received.
Grooveshark users trying to connect via Facebook see the message above, it reads:
Unable to Connect to Facebook
There was a problem logging you in via Facebook. To continue, type in the email address associated with your Grooveshark account below.
Grooveshark, which previously claimed that technical issues where the reason for the connection problems, is now asking its users to connect via their email address or username instead. This is making things inconvenient for users, and while some may simply use their email address to log in to the service, others may leave the service for good.
As far as the Grooveshark app is concerned, it fell from an all time high of about 500,000 users down to zero in a day. And those users may not even know what is going on right now.
The downfall of Grooveshark, may benefit other music apps on Facebook which are also using Facebook's authentication system to provide users with their service. Spotify's daily app usage usage jumped for instance by 700,000 users in the last seven days
The big question is this. Will Grooveshark recover from the situation, or is this the beginning of the end of the free music streaming service? What's your take on the situation?
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