Grooveshark shuts down

Martin Brinkmann
May 1, 2015
Updated • May 1, 2015
Music and Video

The popular music service Grooveshark is no more. An announcement was posted on the service's frontpage that explains the reasoning behind the decision.

We have followed Grooveshark ever since it was launched in 2007 here on Ghacks when the site still ran in Adobe Flash. What set it apart from other music service sites, especially back in 2007, was how it operated.

It offered music streaming and recommendations, and allowed users to upload audio files to the service. In fact, all the contents available on the site came from user sources which was advantageous on the one hand as the service's popularity ensured that its music catalog was well stocked but also disadvantageous as rights-holders were not pleased about this.

Major record labels won a lawsuit against Grooveshark in late 2014 in which founders and employees were deeply implicated in uploading music to the service to make its music library more attractive.

According to the announcement on the Grooveshark website, shutting down the site is part of the settlement agreement with major record companies.

As part of a settlement agreement with major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all of the record companies' copyrighted works and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyright.

The announcement on the website suggests to use other, affordable, music services like Spotify or Deezer instead.

It is unclear what happened to user data. Was it wiped clean along with copyrighted works or was it handed over as part of the settlement agreement. If the latter is true, it could very well have further implications for some users of the service.

As it stands, the official applications are still available on web stores. It is probably only a matter of time before they are taken down as well. It is likely that they won't work properly anymore due to the shut down of the service anyway.

Closing Words

Grooveshark is not the only established service that was taken down this month. Earlier this month, Rapidshare was shut down as well by its parent company.

While it is sad to see these services go, there are plenty of alternatives available for both that offer similar features and services.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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