Streaming service Grooveshark is no longer available in Germany, after it shut its site citing “unreasonably high” licensing costs demanded by local collecting society GEMA. A lack of licences hasn’t stopped Grooveshark from operating elsewhere in the world, so its decision to block German users is rather intriguing. According to TorrentFreak, less thsn 10% of Grooveshark’s 30m users are German, but that could still be up to 3m people. Grooveshark has actually started referring all these people to German streaming service Simfy, as part of a deal signed between the two companies. “We are excited to share our service with Grooveshark users in Germany and provide an uninterrupted stream of great music,” says Simfy CEO Gerrit Schumann.

Source: Simfy

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