May 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Facebook Breaks Up With Grooveshark (Updated Again)

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You can't use Facebook to log in to Grooveshark anymore, and Grooveshark can no longer share your plays to Facebook.

In our exclusive interview with Grooveshark CEO and co-founder Sam Tarantino a couple of weeks ago, he listed no fewer than eight reasons why music should be free — and why his company should be the one to make it that way.

For now, despite lawsuits from all four major labels, Grooveshark continues to distribute free music without permission by obeying the part of the copyright law the DMCA that says everything’s okay so long as you delete user-uploaded songs that infringe copyright when notified. Some say Grooveshark is exploiting a loophole in the law, while others like the way it delivers so much music for free.

Facebook — the partner of just about every licensed competitor of Grooveshark — which is getting its ducks in a row to go public with an IPO soon, might have finally drawn a line in the sand where Grooveshark is concerned. Not only have Grooveshark’s official page and app been deleted from Facebook, but it is no longer possible to “scrobble” what you’re playing on Grooveshark to your Facebook Timeline, or log in to Grooveshark.com using your Facebook identity.

Facebook is also missing from Grooveshark’s list of options for account connection. You can still connect Grooveshark to Twitter, Last.fm, and Google Plus.

Evolver.fm has confirmed that it’s still possible to share Grooveshark songs to Facebook manually (screenshot to the right). Other than that, Grooveshark appears to have been locked out entirely from the world’s most popular social network.

That’s not good news for Grooveshark, given that Facebook has been proven to boost traffic to music services. Facebook is not alone in giving Grooveshark the cold shoulder, either. Grooveshark’s mobile apps were unceremoniously booted from both iTunes and Google Play (although you can still use Grooveshark on both thanks to the cross-platform magic of HTML5).

Grooveshark claims Facebook deleted its page and app, and severed its log-in integration “in error” — either by mistake (which would be surprising, given the number of ways in which Facebook has dissed Grooveshark), or wrongly (as in for a false reason):

“Grooveshark’s Facebook app integration and our Facebook page were disabled by Facebook [last] Saturday afternoon,” reads the blog post, which has yet to be updated. “We believe they were disabled in error and we are in communication with Facebook to try to understand exactly what’s going on, so we hope to see a resolution to these problems soon.”

Over a week later, Facebook’s block on Grooveshark is still in place, and neither side appears to be talking about why. Evolver.fm has asked both companies to explain what is going on here, and will post an update as soon as we hear back (stay tuned).

Update 2:28pm ET: “I don’t have an update beyond what’s on the blog posting,” said Grooveshark spokeswoman Danika Azzarelli. “We continue to work with Facebook to reinstate the Grooveshark page and expect it to be back up shortly.” (So at the very least, Grooveshark’s Facebook page could be coming back, but perhaps not the sharing integration.)

Update 5/8/12: Facebook never returned our email (hey, thanks!), but Digital Music News, which followed up on our article, managed to confirm what we already knew: Facebook blocked Grooveshark. In addition to a link to our story ; ) Digital Music News missed the fact that Facebook not only disallows Grooveshark from allowing people to log in using Facebook, but also disabled sharing and even deleted Grooveshark’s official page on Facebook.

Update 5/17/12: Grooveshark says that so far, it’s traffic has been impacted by less than one percent following Facebook’s removal of its app, which was due to some sort of “copyright takedown request issued by a foreign entity.” The app is still down, meaning that you can’t sign in to Grooveshark using your Facebook ID, and listening cannot be automatically shared to Facebook. However, Facebook has reinstated Grooveshark’s Facebook page.

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  • Anonymous

    This might not be a bad thing for Grooveshark for two reasons: 1) It gives them cool outsider/underdog status 2) We could be watching the “peaking” of Facebook in America as the sharing thing has definitely turned some people off + their U.S. growth seems to be stalling.

  • JoeMama

    I’d be pretty disappointed to find out that Facebook is censoring pages.. It’s pretty bizarre that a fb search of “Adolf Hitler” results in at least 4 fan pages with over 1000 “fans” of him but a music website login would be terminated?! Will be checking back in hopes of hearing facebooks response to you!

  • C Edward Chambers

    Screw Facebook…I’ll keep GrooveShark

  • http://twitter.com/powell_bud Bud Powell

    I released songs to Groovshark in March through IndigoBoom and ship dates are manually entered but the songs have still not gone live.  I am not sure what the holdup is. 

    My music has been live since March on: 

    YouTube Audio IDSpotifySimfySecuryCastRDIOOmnifone: Sony Music Unlimited (Qriocity) / Blackberry MusicNokiaMicrosoftiTunesInProdiconGramoGoogleeMusicBasepointAspiroAmazon7 Digital24-7 EntertainmentI have not had any issues with  Facebook blocking links from these other distributors.Check out my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000313294948

  • Autumn

    I never “LIKED” companies that strong arm others to “Follow” a prescribed norm.. I also don’t care for  F.B. ” Big Brother”  mentality.. I don’t want people following me or knowing what, where .. timeline of where I shopped what I look at or what place and songs I choose to listen to. I never use the same email account or screen name for accounts I have .. I know many people who also have accounts on F.B.  and do nothing but sign on to places since, to my understanding in the UK  its the only way you can sign on to spotify .. IF  and that is a pretty big IF  I have to sign on using a “Big Brother” I think I rather use google +

  • Autumn

    Why don’t you load up your music on Last.fm?