Grooveshark still hasn’t settled it’s beef with record labels over copyright issues, and now it has led to their app being pulled from the Android Market. While Google would only comment to say apps are pulled for violation of the Android Market’s Terms of Service, it seems apparent that alleged copyright violations are behind the removal of the application. Apple made a similar move last summer, removing Grooveshark from their App Store when contacted by record labels.
Grooveshark already reached settlement with major label EMI resulting in a licensing deal between the two entities, but the streaming music service is still in the midst of a suit launched by Universal Music Group. Google, as you may know, wants to do right by the major labels in hopes of securing the proper licensing for their own Google Music Service. The removal of Grooveshark also lines up with the testimony of Google’s Kent Walker at a House Judiciary subcommittee investigation into internet piracy, coincidental or not.