Grooveshark Gets the Boot; Sideloading to the Rescue?

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News Posted: Thu, Apr 7 2011 10:32 AM
Google has booted the music app Grooveshark from the Android Market. While it's still unclear as to the exact reason that the app was kicked out, the theory is that it was booted because of pressure over possible copyright violations.

Grooveshark is a service that allows free music streaming via files that its users have posted to the site.

While the app is not in the Android Market any longer, and isn't in the Amazon Appstore either, you can still install it via sideloading. Unlike iOS, Android apps can be installed from other app repositories as long as the end user sets the appropriate setting in the Android OS.

From Settings, go to Applications and check the box next to Unknown Sources. Unfortunately, just as with the Amazon Appstore, which is based on sideloading as well, there's no easy way for AT&T users to do this as that carrier has seen fit to remove that setting. AT&T users can use the Sideload Wonder Machine (SWM) but it's not for the non-techie.

Grooveshark for Android, the app, is free, but in order to use it, you have to have a Grooveshark for Anywhere account that costs $9 / month. Therefore, downloading this APK (Android Application) file is not piracy.

You can download the file here. It's version 2.0.8; we're unclear if that is the latest version, but the file itself was discovered by BI, so we believe it to be legitimate. Hopefully, the company itself will post the APK on its own site.
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Hmm sounds just like the Amazon Cloud Drive. I wonder what is going to happen to their player.

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I was never really a fan of grooveshark I much prefer pandora for music on my phone.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Apr 7 2011 3:34 PM

>> sounds just like the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Exactly what I was thinking, omegadraco. Even if Google were to boot Amazon players, you can still play it back from the web browser - eh?

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HHGrrl replied on Thu, Apr 7 2011 11:39 PM

Sounds like another app the lawyers will have fun attacking.

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JOMA replied on Fri, Apr 8 2011 7:36 AM

I love grooveshark on the PC. Don't use any music app on my phone. I use my phone for making calls.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 9 2011 12:11 PM

This is all about to get really interesting I think because of the Time Warner lawsuit. When it passes through the courts there will be several applicable legal precedent's I would imagine no matter how the final judgement comes down. The biggest part is this if I buy media can I play it on any device I own, and then of course why or why not. That judgement while not only big will at least I would think usher in several others. With all of this cloud goodness coming it should get very interesting very fast I would think.

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KAdair replied on Mon, Apr 11 2011 8:17 PM

I often use grooveshark on my pc if im away from my pc at home because it just streams music instead of youtube when ur streaming video and music content [less on dat bandwidth :)]. I had no idea there was even an app lol it to bad it is booted....

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