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  • Grooveshark: The App Store's Loss and Cydia's Gain



    Grooveshark, the namesake of an online music streaming service, has finally faced the music: indeed, it will never be openly embraced by Apple or the App Store.

    Despite not feeling the love from Cupertino, Grooveshark made the logical transition to the repository of other wayward applications that we still love and can't seem to get enough of. This weekend Grooveshark released their app on Cydia.

    Instead of relying solely on its recently re-tooled and updated web application, existing customers can finally get the long-awaited Grooveshark App for the iPhone - a jailbroken iPhone, that is.

    Like Rhapsody or Spotify (but better), VIP users of Grooveshark are privy to tracks from gargantuan catalogs of music that are easily accessible and searchable. Best of all, once you've discovered the track you're looking for, you can promptly stream the tune right from your handset.

    The advantages of Grooveshark in comparison to competing services are pretty clear. In a nutshell, Grooveshark's users upload music content straight to Grooveshark's servers. This makes Grooveshark's content base not only huge, but also more free-spirited" in a social networking kind of aspect. Naturally, some legal snafus have proven problematic for the company, but, overall, Grooveshark has worked well with major labels and other copyright owners. And, as it now stands, Grooveshark is making notable progress in ironing out licensing-related issues.

    For obvious reasons, one can see the concerns Apple would have with such an app. Nonetheless, expect Grooveshark to be a huge and welcome addition to the Cydia family.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Grooveshark: The App Store's Loss and Cydia's Gain started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. macemaster0426's Avatar
      macemaster0426 -
      question: other than having to share playlists and favorites what would stop me from me and my friend(s) creating one premium account?
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      While I haven't tried it, Grooveshark sounds incredibly similar to Lala, which I already use. Besides having an iPhone app available, is it much different?
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      I'm loving this app. Have been frustrated with apps like Pandora where I just want to hear a song and end up with a playlist that never plays the song I search for.

      This app is awesome thus far. Love it!
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      I haven't checked their site, but any practical word on audio quality? Info on bitrates? Differences on WiFi vs. 3G, etc?

      I'm often disappointed with the quality of most streaming music apps/services I've encountered.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by severe View Post
      I haven't checked their site, but any practical word on audio quality? Info on bitrates? Differences on WiFi vs. 3G, etc?

      I'm often disappointed with the quality of most streaming music apps/services I've encountered.
      I've only used it on 3G today, but it sounds great.

      Just figured I can build multiple playlist ... add songs on the fly and play them back later. Awesome!
    1. DrMod's Avatar
      DrMod -
      This looks great bargain price too...

      Is there an offline mode for this on the iphone.. or can you only listen to live streaming..???

      Just found the answer.. and you can!!!


      Ok, so what are the drawbacks.. this looks too good to be true....???
    1. mombopete's Avatar
      mombopete -
      Quote Originally Posted by DrMod View Post
      This looks great bargain price too...

      Is there an offline mode for this on the iphone.. or can you only listen to live streaming..???

      Just found the answer.. and you can!!!


      Ok, so what are the drawbacks.. this looks too good to be true....???
      I tried to download the file after downloading for offline mode and the file won't play on my Mac. Too bad.
    1. DrMod's Avatar
      DrMod -
      My first experience, and criticisms...

      On the surface... great!!!! bargain!!!

      After a fe minutes of playing, my main and perhaps only gripe, is duplcation of tracks... I know people upload content, but would it not be best to have 1 complete album with a standard encoding bitrate/format.. rather than duplicated songs under an album.. needs a bit more organisaiton and grouping...

      I tried to download the file after downloading for offline mode and the file won't play on my Mac. Too bad.
      How were you trying to play it..?? I would imagine you need to use the dektop player.. just a guess though...?? Although I think offline mode is just to play on your mobile deivce, when you have no signal.. maybe not meant for desktop playback as you can simply use the desktop client or web version...

      Hmm.. I can now see why this only costs a couple of dollars per month... Its VERY rough around the edges, missing tracks from albums, I have no idea what bitrates recording are, left my headphones at home, so havent even heard on iphone yet....

      Dont really like the way there is loads of duplication, missing tracks album tracks.. so you could end up with a collection of tracks all encoded differently...

      I suppose you get what you pay for really.. good idea though...
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      I paid for a month just to check it out. Ive even uploaded whatever i could from my library.

      However, it is a poor mans spotify.
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      This will hold me over til Spotify comes to the states
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      From the iPhone you can't simply listen to an album from start to finish.

      The best option is to search a track and then listen to it with the 'radio' on, so it plays similar songs. Not much different to last.fm really in that aspect, except it can repeat songs.

      You can't just choose an album and listen to it from start to finish.

      It's good if you want to search and listen to each and every song, but I can't imagine anyone wants to do that?!

      I can understand why it's $3 a month and I guess it's worth that, I am happy paying allot more for Spotify with the user experience it offers.

      Ha, the best way to describe the music is a really unorganised iTunes collection
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      BEEN GOING TO THERE WEBSITE FOR A FEW MONTHS NOW, SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS IT FROM MY PHONE.......aPPLE, LOL, NEVER GONNA LEARN HUH?......
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      Pretty darn impressive. Hard to imagine spotify is $160/yr better than this service but when (or rather IF) it ever becomes available in the states i'll give it a consideration. for now $30'ish a year seems like a steal to have access to any music you want and the ability to cache music for offline (or just more instant) play.

      Not sure if i really want to upload music but might be good to help it suggest even more playlists so for that reason i'll probably upload some music. I'd never used their site before and will likely seldom visit the site going forward but this new app is excellent.
    1. NuckinFutz's Avatar
      NuckinFutz -
      I can't even find this app within cydia to download. And ideas why it does not show up in cydia? I've serched cydia but no joy.
    1. str8adonis's Avatar
      str8adonis -
      Is there any way to get the mp3 files grooveshark app stores in /var/mobile/Library/Grooveshark/offline to play they are mp3's but will not play in VLC WMP or Itunes or on ifile on the phone?

      Please help?