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Grooveshark "Baffled"At Android Market Action

David Gilbert


Grooveshark "Baffled"At Android Market Action

It seems as if Grooveshark is proving too good to be true. Free streaming of over 6 million tracks without being interrupted by ads always felt as if you were doing something wrong.

Apple certainly felt this way when it pulled the Grooveshark app from its App Store last August and now it seems as if Google is looking on things the same way. Last weekend, the Grooveshark app was pulled from the Android Market without warning and it is not happy. “Google notified us on Saturday that it had removed our app from the Market,” Grooveshark’s Ben Westermann-Clark told Wired.com, “but frankly, we’re baffled by this. We’re always compliant with DMCA regulations to make sure that we operate within the law and respect the wishes of content owners.”

Grooveshark went on to issue an official statement which questions Google’s apparent open ecosystem: “Unlike Apple’s iPhone ecosystem, Android is an open platform, and Google is traditionally a supporter of DMCA-compliant services – indeed, Google itself relies on the DMCA for the very same protection that Grooveshark does.” It turns out that Google, just like Apple last year, has received a letter of complaint from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) but Grooveshark is still in the dark over what “in the developers’ terms of service, exactly, we need to address to be readmitted to the marketplace.”

While Google can certainly claim that compared to Apple, its Market is pretty open, we've recently seen a few issues surrounding this ecosystem. Last month we saw Google remove 21 apps from the store and remotely remove those apps from customers’ mobile phones in a bid to eliminate malicious software. However, other, more cynical commentators have raised the point that this could be a move by Google to prepare the way for its own streaming service, which we got a glimpse of yesterday.

Are you a Grooveshark user who’s been affected by this action? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Wired.com


April 7, 2011, 2:55 pm

Couldnt they just stick two fingers up at both and make their site mobile compliant? No need for an app then


April 7, 2011, 3:59 pm

The whole app store system really, really needs to go. It puts waaay to much power and responsibility into the owner's hand. It's entirely unsurprising that this has already lead to all kinds of arbitrary limitations and bizarre application removals, and it's only going to get worse.


April 7, 2011, 5:03 pm

Shouldn't be a problem right, after all doesn't Android support alternative markets? Why doesn't Grooveshark go with Amazon for example?

Android Market is looking more closed every day. They also removed the PSX4Droid Playstation emulator recently, with rumours pointing to the coincident release of SE's Xperia Play phone.


April 8, 2011, 12:30 am

hell they could just let you download it from there website. Its not like you need to be on the market to put together an .apk. At least you can side load and download apps on android phones.

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