Grooveshark Enters Play Store, Disappears From It Again

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  • 01 Sep 2012
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  • Grooveshark is continuing its up and down trajectory, this week by appearing in the Google Play Store, only to disappear shortly afterwards. The app has appeared in the store following 16 months of absence, as it was removed in April 2011, after labels complained that Grooveshark enables piracy. Now Grooveshark CEO, Sam Tarantino is saying that he has no idea why the app is gone again.

    Grooveshark allows users to listen to music that has been uploaded by other users. A Google spokeswoman said that they don’t comment on specific app takedowns, but what’s sure is that they remove apps that violate policies. Those include hate speech, impersonation and sexually explicit material. Since Grooveshark is none of those, the rule that applies for them is probably the one about “notices about alleged copyright infringement”. 3 major record labels are handling a federal copyright battle against Grooveshark right now and its parent, Escape Media Inc.

    They say that the service helps piracy, since it doesn’t exclude music uploaded without permission. The company claims that it follows the law, by complying with legitimate requests to remove the music posted without license. The app was available on Android for $9 a month for unlimited music, including most famous artists. The mobile web based version of the service costs $6 a month, while the PC/web version is free. Meanwhile, if you still want the app from Android, you can get it here, straight from Grooveshark.

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