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Grooveshark, make music and earn. Via P2P



Grooveshark, make music and earn. Via P2P


In the maze of P2P, more ideas and fewer technologies are now developing: this is the time to refine business models. Yesterday on TechCrunch appeared an interesting insight on
Grooveshark, a new P2P platform that allows you to earn – in complete legality – from sharing your music archive.

In practice, after registering for the service – and the subsequent installation of the proprietary software – you can access an online mega-archive that is related to the platform’s P2P network. The available tracks were previously uploaded by users. Grooveshark, in fact, organizes the entire amount of data and allows free streaming, as well as reasoned access to the entire library. The feeling is that of dealing with a MySpace-style web 2.0 dimension. There are in fact profiles, advice, comments, and tools for “social networking”. Over time, users have the opportunity to improve their “sharer” status both by increasing the number of uploaded tracks and by actively participating in tagging.

Grooveshark, in short, is made for loitering among the audio tracks. However, when it is decided to proceed with the purchase of a song, the Land of Toys turns into a war machine. Each track costs 99 cents and is DRM-free – compatible with all types of software and hardware players. Once the transaction is completed, 25 cents of a dollar goes into the pocket of the user who uploaded the song; another 25 cents should end up in Grooveshark’s pockets; the remaining cents are destined to the major record company that owns the rights. All in compliance with the law on copyright and the interests of record companies.

TechCrunch noted that the 25 cents is a special promotion because last summer the user-seller fee was 10 cents. “We are so convinced of the goodness of this product and the fact that people will like it, that we are willing to give away our entire profit to prove it,” said James Davis, vice president of Grooveshark. Here, however, the question is tinged with yellow. Either the management has given up completely on its coins, or it has managed to snatch some discounts from the majors. In fact, the official website continues to reiterate that the revenues are divided equally between the platform and the user …

However, regardless of these details, although the platform is still in the Beta phase, a couple of doubts remain. Each operation cannot be separated from the installation of the proprietary application – even streaming !. Grooveshark confirms that its software does not contain malware or viruses, but the fears that it hides some trackers remain among some commentators. Its sharing functions are reminiscent of other P2P platforms, but the fact that the majors are involved in some way could worry the most untrustworthy. Perhaps it will be the fault of that online papyrus – to be signed – that dictates the rules of the game or perhaps that Excel file that you are obliged to fill in every detail to fully access the service.

Dario d’Elia