Is Aurous the New Grooveshark?

Some people are calling Aurous “Popcorn Time” for music. That should induce strokes and embolisms in every people associated with the music industry.

Another way to look at Aurous is as a new improved version of whatever Grooveshark was. Again, cue the cerebral hemorrhages. From Music Business Worldwide.

Say hello to what might be the most frightening app in existence for the music business.

Aurous is a music streaming app/website built on similar technology to Popcorn Time, the copyright-infringing streaming movie and TV service that is now one of the 5,000 most popular websites in the world.

Like Popcorn Time, Aurous is based on a decentralised BitTorrent search engine.

In plain terms, that means it doesn’t use any external servers for its main features – it mainly relies on a scan of archives on illegal P2P sites, where files are usually hosted by users themselves (‘seeders’).

Unlike Popcorn Time, Aurous is solely focused on the music industry. Or to put it another way, Aurous wants to do to Spotify what Popcorn Time has done to Netflix.

The big sell to ad-averse music fans is that, unlike Spotify’s freemium tier, Aurous won’t carry any interruptive audio ads.

Uh-oh. You see the problem. The industry’s game of Whack-A-Mole keeps going. Best keep reading.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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