Grooveshark shirks App Store ban, releases mobile HTML5 player

Daniel Bader

January 13, 2012 7:24pm

Grooveshark is the music service that will not die, despite being sued by every major music label, but it seems to be adapting to the shifting marketplace faster than its opponents can keep up.

Case in point: after being removed by Apple from the iOS App Store (and subsequently releasing the app in the Cydia store) those persistent Sharks are battling their way back to mobile relevance by releasing a HTML5 version of their mobile music player.

Currently usable on iOS, Android, Playbook and TouchPad (which quizzically leaves out just Windows Phone) it is a barebones affair — no account logins, so no playlists or cached songs — but it works quite well, with background playing support from the browser (at least on iOS). This is a testament to the future of web apps, where a company can deploy an app-like experience in the browser and not have to worry about app store guidelines.

Grooveshark is one of those on-demand music services that needs to be seen to appreciate: it’s a dishevelled and disorganized version of Rdio or Spotify, but that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed. On the contrary, there are clearly a lot of great ideas coming from this young team. Let’s hope they can stick around long enough to keep innovating.

Check out the HTML5 Player at

Source: Grooveshark Blog
Via: The Verge

  • Tomj

    Love the android app version. Now there’s no more issue about having a friend’s music in the car… just pass them the phone and we’re golden.
    Que up any sort of playlist you want, from Nebraska to Katy Pery dubstep remix’s.

  • mark

    katy perry & dubstep should never be used in the same sentence!

  • Dan

    Works Great on the Playbook… even in Background mode and the Play/Pause button works to stop/start the music!

    Well the full website also worked on the playbook since flash is supported, but this is lighter and faster.

  • Kid.Canada

    Works on Blackberry Smartphones too, tried it on my Torch 9810 and it works flawlessly! Thank god for this now!! 😀

  • Paynus in Uranus

    Apps are dead, long live html 5!
    (This site needs a bit of debugging before its ready for prime time. Landscape mode isn’t good in Android but its a good start)

  • freestaterocker

    Strange they wouldn’t include windows phone… One of the most publicized aspects of the mango update was html5 support.