Grooveshark last week has announced that it would be shutting down after a long legal battle with major record labels. As a way to avoid a multi-million dollar lawsuit, the site announced it would be closing down immediately, removing all of its mobile apps and intellectual property.
Users were quick to mourn as others hurried to retrieve their song collections and playlist that were made during the streaming service’s seven years of existence. Days later, however, it appears that Grooveshark is back online, kind of.
The replica platform, Grooveshark.io, is currently up and promises to “reproduce the old Grooveshark UI in its entirety” over time, according to BGR.com. BGR.com also claims that they have spoken with someone who is involved with the project.
The source for Grooveshark IO, known as “Shark” told the tech website:
“Well, I started backing up all the content on the website when I started suspecting that Grooveshark’s demise is close and my suspicion was confirmed a few days later when they closed. By the time they closed I have already backed up 90% of the content on the site and I’m now working on getting the remaining 10%.”
“Shark” also said, “We have all the servers/domains infrastructure in place, it’s going to be a roller coaster and we’re ready for it,” which refers to the legal issues that will appear in the coming days. It is uncertain whether or not “Shark” and the rest of their team were former Grooveshark employees or music fans who know how to build a website.
Considering the fact that major labels and a federal judge were already set to sue Grooveshafk, and that the original site’s copyright/parents were seized, it is too soon to be able to tell whether Grooveshark IP will be able to still around.