For Aurous, the writing has been on the wall since the beginning. Less than two months since the much-maligned streaming and download service debuted in alpha on Oct. 10, the company has officially shut down and ceased all operations after reaching a settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Bros. Records.
In the end, Aurous never really had a chance. The labels slapped the app with the lawsuit just three days after its alpha launch -- and a day after its developer Andrew Sampson attempted to explain how it worked in an interview with Billboard -- alleging that the service offered its users access to pirated music and allowed them to stream copyright-protected material and demanding an immediate injunction. The ban took effect on Oct. 15, when the court demanded Aurous suspend its activities while the lawsuit was ongoing.