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Grooveshark closes in Germany blaming high operating costs

Grooveshark

Grooveshark has closed the German arm of its music streaming business, blaming high operation costs.

German users woke to find a message on the site announcing the closure and suggesting users contact GEMA, the local music rights organisation, if they wanted to help reduce operating costs for companies such as Grooveshark.

Grooveshark is a free, web-based music streaming service, which has over 30 million users with around 10% of those in Germany.

The streaming service is currently involved in a legal dispute with Universal, the record label wanting compensation for tracks it says Grooveshark hasn't paid to license and stream to users.

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Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.