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After Getting the Boot, Grooveshark Is Back in the Google Play Store

Steven Blum
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Grooveshark disappeared from the Google Play Store over a year ago, and it's just shown up again. The streaming music app was once booted for being legally dubious, but Google let it back in after they forced Grooveshark to remove illegal apps that were doing something even worse – allowing folks to download music for free.

Grooveshark and its Florida-based parent, Escape Media Inc., are still in the process of being sued by three of the four major record label groups, which accuse the service of infringing on their copyrights. The service lets users listen to copies of songs that have been uploaded by other users, even when the company lacks a license to offer that particular song. 

The app is a great way to get your daily tune fix, although many folks swear by the not-so-subtley-copied TinyShark, which offers a similar experience for free. Grooveshark costs $6 to $9 a month after a 14-day trial period. You can also use the Grooveshark website to stream music for free, but then you'd need to be near a computer 

So, all in all, I suppose the return of Grooveshark a bit of a mixed bag: although it offers a great service, it has since been eclipsed by apps like Spotify and Tiny Shark. Here's a list of all the new features:

  • Favorites, playlists and radio stations
  • Offline your favorite tracks for uninterrupted listening (similar to Spotify)
  • Save good music as playlists for continued listening later.
  • Connect with social media to easily share your music with friends.
  • Explore popular music, see what the Grooveshark community is listening to

Will you be signing up for a Grooveshark premium account?

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  • Anna F. Aug 29, 2012 Link

    I'm not interested at all. It sounds pretty pointless especially now that all these streaming apps exist. If TinyShark offers the same stuff for free, why would anyone consider a GrooveShark subscription?

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  • jesus corona Aug 29, 2012 Link

    yup your rigth anna :)

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  • Steven Blum Aug 29, 2012 Link

    Yeah, it's mainly the name brand that still appeals to a select niche, but on the whole I find Grooveshark disappointing.

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  • CJ Brown Aug 29, 2012 Link

    Lol - we've just been spammed ... I'm quite happy with Pandora (as long as I can plug in the DINC while driving the battery doesn't drain that much) ... but this app offers another alternative (option) @ Google Play, so maybe healthy competition will drive the prices down on some apps ?

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  • Anna F. Aug 29, 2012 Link

    WTH?? That's the kind of spam you see in your junk folder, not in blog posts. I guess the bot got a little confused xP

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  • Atlas Aug 29, 2012 Link

    I'm using Grooveshark for a long time now, maybe longer than a year. I like it above every other alternative service because I found out about it first and it offers a larger number of songs of my taste in comparison with Sony unlimited and I never liked the Facebook fanaticism of the (I forgot its name) app that the majority likes.

    Grooveshark also allows me to use it to upload my own library and use it as cloud storage. This saves me money from using a service that offers such functionality exclusively.

    And I'm only paying $5 each month now because I subscribed again during a promotion.

    I have to admit that I also have tiny shark installed, although it's been ages since I've used it to download some songs, since I've been subscribed to Grooveshark for a long while now. But I think they should do something against it. I'm sure they know of it.

    They could increase their development because I've been waiting ages for several features for the Android app, such as lock screen support and replaygain.

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