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Now Playing and NexMusic Both Axed From Google Play, Likely Because of Lyric Fetching

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Dear devs, if you have created a music client, do not have it fetch lyrics without first getting some sort of license to distribute them. A few months back, we saw CyanogenMod’s music player Apollo get taken down from Google Play for what the developer assumed had to do with his lyric scraping, and now two separate (and popular) music apps have suffered the same fate over the last day or so. 

Now Playing, the Google Now card-style music player (pictured above), that has been incredibly popular since launch is now gone due to what the developer claims were “takedown requests from Sony.” Joining him in the recently pulled party is the developer of NexMusic, who also claims that there is “some copyright issue with lyrics.” He had some other colorful commentary directed at Sony, but we’ll leave that out for now.

As you probably guessed, both apps had free and paid versions, so that means we have customers who bought the app left without official app support through Google Play. We should point out that the Now Playing developer is considering ending development on his app, while the NexMusic dev is still pushing out betas through XDA.

In the future, if you plan to invest in a music app that includes lyric fetching, you may want to contact the developer to see if they are doing it legally. One example would be Shuttle.

Via:  +Jack Underwood | XDA

Cheers Ryan!

  • Marc Lewis

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  • Mike

    the acacia strain m/

  • Alexander H

    SoundHound has lyrics….

  • Ben Udkow

    As a Now Playing fan this really upsets me. I understand Google’s position, but why can’t there be a “fix it or we drop it” grace period? I really don’t like Google Play since the upgrade…

  • DJ SPY

    I have now playing. Its miles better than Play Music. It doesn’t kill my battery like Play Music does.

    • Bigwavedave25

      Sound quality/clarity seems to be better on NP also… (imo)

  • Charles W.

    And to think I was looking to purchase a VAIO Pro and a PS4 for college… I’m so ticked right now. Anybody know of any comparable music players that has the cards style interface?

    • Bob Barker

      You’re blaming Sony for the developers mistake?

      • Charles W.

        I’m not I’m just letting out some steam. But still couldn’t Sony reached a more convenient compromise? That’s what I want to know. This was actually one of the first apps I’ve ever brought and seeing its development from beta leaves me a little frustrated.

        • Ryan

          Sony and Warner Bros are both copyright nazis, especially with anything about music. Along with numerous other companies. They don’t care about compromise, they just want the money, and copyright claims like these are the best way to shut down popular things in their eyes.

          Copyright has been blown out of proportion over the years, and now the punishment doesn’t fit the crime when it comes to copyright violations. But this will be debated forever with no fix, so just something to live with now.

    • King Lo

      Read the last sentence in the article.

  • Satan

    End of line two, “get taken down”.

  • Fellow Metalhead

    You always have the best taste in music

  • inzandity

    Legal action not led by Apple?!

    • You never know, there was rumors of Apple talking with Sony and other content distributors about getting some sort of deal for their Apple TV, one of their conditions could have been “Sony must demand Google pull all lyric fetching apps from the Play Store but not the App Store”.

  • Chrome allows me to view lyrics of songs. Is it going to be pulled from the Play store?

    This is dumb… :-/

    • Bob G

      No, because those can be claimed to be user submitted. It most likely has to do with how the app gets it’s lyrics.

      • I’m guessing this app pulls them from the same web sites that you can pull them up in from Chrome. Same source, same text. What’s the difference?
        What if these music apps, instead of scraping the contents, instead displayed a Web View of the page that it would have otherwise scraped the contents from. Would that make this okay? At that point, all it’s doing is the same thing that Chrome would do: Display a web page.

        • bozzykid

          I’m guessing those sites have a TOS that makes scraping illegal.

          • That is probably very true but I would argue that, just as true, is that this is *not* the reason the apps were pulled. They were almost definitely pulled because of the publishers arguing that their clients’ copyrights were violated.

          • michael arazan

            This has Lars from Metalica written all over it