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Grooveshark's dodgy music service might be gone, but that doesn't mean that your carefully curated playlists have disappeared forever. Newcomer music site StreamSquid claims that it has resurrected about 90 percent of Grooveshark's playlists using a "legit" business model that plays clips from SoundCloud and YouTube. Unlike other pretenders, this isn't an attempt to directly profit from Grooveshark's name -- it's a part-time project, and you don't even need to register. StreamSquid says its immediate goal is to recover your songs, and commercial success would merely be a nice long-term bonus.

It's not necessarily as above-board as it sounds, though. Although the emphasis is on official clips, Ars Technica found a mix of both approved clips and bootlegs -- not surprising when many songs are only legally available through dedicated music services. As such, there's a real chance that copyright holders might either file lawsuits or ask the source sites to block StreamSquid's access. While the site is trying to play by the rules, you shouldn't count on your playlists sticking around forever.

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