Sometimes, the act of reporting makes you part of the story you’re trying to cover.
Last week, we wrote about how a tipster sent us a link to a program called Grooveshark Downloader, a Google Chrome extension that lets anyone with that browser download as many high-quality MP3s as they want from Grooveshark, which itself lacks licenses (read the CEO’s explanation).
Grooveshark told us they asked Google to remove it from the Chrome Web Store. Google said it had never received any such request. We figured one of them was lying, so we wrote about that too.
Now, we’ve received word from the original tipster, claiming that he is in fact the developer in question — and that he wants us to stop writing about Grooveshark Downloader.
Sorry, but that’s not the way it works. Here’s what he emailed to us this afternoon:
“Please, stop writing about Grooveshark Downloader and warning Grooveshark and Google about it. When I sent you the tip I was expecting to share the app with other people, not to ruin it. We all download songs, even if we often buy them as well. I know you need audience for your blog, but polemics are not the way. I am the developer, I’ve published both versions. Google removed the first one without any warning. I’ve simply published it again. I was not willing to get a fight with Grooveshark developers (which I had when they were trying to block the app code ) or getting a bad reputation on Chrome Store. There are plenty of other tools that allow people to download songs from Grooveshark. Some even far more popular than my extension. With hundred thousands of users. My extension is just the simplest tool maybe. So let it live for a while. Thank you very much, <snip>.
To be fair, this guy, whose name we are leaving out of this in an attempt at courtesy, is right about one thing: Plenty of other ways exist to download whatever you want from Grooveshark:
- Groovedown (Windows)
- Orbit Downloader (Windows)
- SkiLor’s Grooveshark Downloader (Windows)
- GrooveJaar (removed by Google)
- Grooveshredder (for Mozilla)
Pro Tip: If you want a reporter to stop writing about something you are doing, don’t tell him to stop.