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Dear Music Fans...

May 12, 2016

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Show Notes

The Story When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate quite how disruptive they would be. Their mission was a noble one: bring an end to online piracy by offering cheap, convenient, and legal access to music. Their execution, however, was less than thorough. And when you're dealing with protective music labels, forgetting to dot an "i" or cross a "t" can mean being one lawsuit away from the swift and unceremonious death of your company. This is the story of Grooveshark, the people who built it and the relationships that were tested during its rocky road to growth—and its eventual demise.   

Correction: The original version of this episode contained a factual error. It stated that the van at Satchel’s Pizza is a 1970s VW van. It is, in fact, a 1965 Ford Falcon van. The audio and the transcript have been updated to reflect this.   

The Facts

Matthew Boll mixed the episode. Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. The special ad music, Microliters, was written and performed by Build Buildings. Additional music from RAC, Jeffrey Brodsky, White Dove, Devin Dare, and the band Hot Moms Dot Gov. Our logo was designed by Elias Stein.