Right after getting its Android application kicked out of the Google Play store, Grooveshark is rolling out the complete version of its HTML5 web application today.
For individuals unfamiliar with it, Grooveshark is a streaming music program that depends on its customers to upload music to the cloud. People can easily then share or add those music to genre-specific channels, much in the same manner you can with YouTube videos. The program is not like common rivals just like Pandora and Spotify since it doesn’t have pricey licensing deals letting it play copyrighted music. And due to this, Grooveshark has come across legal battles with main music publishers that state the startup is either infringing on copyrights or owes them royalty payments.
A lot of speculate that Grooveshark’s lawful woes are what caused its mobile applications to be banned by mobile application stores. Not just has Apple banned Grooveshark’s iOS app, however Google has kicked it out of its Google Play store (previously called the Android Market) on two separate occasions with probably the most recent happening a week ago. Google claimed that Grooveshark’s application violated policy but continued to be vague on just how.
The move has pressed the startup to focus on its HTML5-based web application, which it states retains all the functionality of its iOS and Android versions. Grooveshark first launched a beta version of the HTML5 application back in January, and it appears as if not a lot has changed since then.
Having performed with the full web application across multiple platforms, I experienced minimal problems when using Safari on both the iPhone and iPad. My sole Android product, a Nexus 7, didn’t fare as well. In the beginning tunes didn’t get in the playlist and required refreshing the page to fix. After music did begin playing, I didn?ˉt have problems, and the overall experience was comparable to other music providers.