Grooveshark Swims Back Into The Play Store – Offers Free Unlimited Music Streaming or Paid On-Demand Options


Grooveshark is making a triumphant return into the Google Play Store after being expelled more than a year ago for copyright claims. So, its return definitely isn’t without controversy. The streaming music service has come under fire from music labels looking to shut the site down for not having the necessary licensing agreements needed offer a good portion of music streamed from their site. Grooveshark was nothing but optimistic, releasing a statement saying:

“After working closely with Google to get rogue apps removed, we’re delighted that the official Grooveshark app has been reinstated in the Android market. Grooveshark is dedicated to helping music fans search, discover and share music while pioneering new artist promotion, distribution and monetization techniques. We look forward to continuing to build a relationship with Android and leverage this fantastic platform for our partners.”

While Grooveshark’s future is still a bit uncertain, those that would like to try out a new Pandora-like music streaming service can do so free of charge. For those that are looking for on-demand music streaming (ala Rdio), there’s also a $9 a month option available. Anyone excited Grooveshark’s back?

[Play Store]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Spotify FTW!

    1. Maybe I would think like that. But when I access their website, I’m greeted by the message “Spotify is currently not available in your country” so… Grooveshark FTW! At least until there’s a better option available where I live.

  2. Word. People should be throwing $10 a month at Spotify.

    1. Not sure why you’re getting all these downvotes, this seems like a relatively valid suggestion from what I’ve seen of Spotify. Perhaps it won’t have quite as much music as Grooveshark, but you also don’t have to worry about it going away b/c of legal action, and if the app functions as smoothly and has as many options as the PC client, it’s going to be a WAY better experience than the Grooveshark app anyway.

  3. Nice! I was so sad when google took it off the market. Now I can get it back at the play store. I’ll continue to use Grooveshark as long as they offer service (with the music I like).

  4. for all the people shilling for spotify, have you tried the grooveshark service or are you just blindly promoting one product over another?

    1. I’ll try to respond for those folks. I’ve tried Grooveshark on the web and my phone (though not the current Grooveshark app) and I’ve tried Spotify on the computer.


      Reason’s Why Grooveshark Might Be Considered Inferior
      Grooveshark has a very very wide and constantly changing body of music due to the fact that users can upload music. However, this becomes problematic because music labels can find that music and get it removed. If you’ve ever used Grooveshark and created a playlist, you’ll notice songs disappearing out if it quite frequently (it will skip them, say they can’t be found or they’ll simply disappear). Additionally, there are no quality standards; I could upload myself screaming out some DMB songs and upload them labeled as Jay-Z songs if I wanted. As we’ve seen in the past there is and likely always will be an illegal vibe floating over Grooveshark’s head which could result in the service being taken down at any time. Further, the Grooveshark app isn’t the best in my experience: I haven’t tried this newest one, but the older versions really were kinda crappy.


      How Does Spotify Do In Those Areas?
      Spotify doesn’t suffer from the quality control issues, legal risk, or disappearing songs. I’ve never personally tried their app so I can’t comment on that aspect. They probably don’t have quite the diversity of music, but they still have a great selection that is constantly expanding.


      My Take
      At this point, with the relatively similar price points, I’d probably choose Spotify myself. I’m assuming that if the Spotify app isn’t yet up to snuff, it will get there. They seem to want to be a social community, and in today’s world, that means mobile. To that end, they will continue to improve their app until it offers a great experience. One last point: the Spotify desktop client is very nice and, IMO, does offer a great experience (minus the ads… oh well). I assume this will be reflected in future app development.


      Hmmm, seems I got carried away typing… sorry about that. Hopefully this perspective was helpful.

  5. Seems bloaty and slow. Can anyone point to why i would switch from Pandora
    Never much liked spotify

    Slacker rules if you have a wifi slacker player the android app writers suck though

  6. So why would someone use this over tinyshark?

    1. No longer on the Play store!

      1. Yeah, but you can probably find it somewhere still. Not like it was a paid app or anything. Alternatively, Dood’s Music is a solid Grooveshark app too (IMO it’s better that Tinyshark).

  7. The actual interface of grooveshark is quite nice, but any time i go looking for an album they have duplicate songs all over the place, and in lots of cases the album will be missing half the tracks. They need to sort this out if they want to be taken seriously.

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