Grooveshark is the latest music service to get a social makeover, adding features including commenting on playlists, easier sharing and Facebook-style news streams on what friends are doing. Creative director John Ashenden tells GigaOm that it’s “the first real push from Grooveshark to connect music fans with music fans”.
The company remains controversial with rightsholders as well as rival streaming services due to its lack of licences. SVP of external affairs Paul Geller claims Grooveshark is seeing “a tremendous amount of progress” and signing 10-20 label deals a month, although these are independents. “People in the industry who have been doing business a certain way over the last 20 years are going to be threatened by this,” he says.