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Grooveshark's HTML5 app goes international

Grooveshark is making sure that its music Web app will play on any device and anywhere in the world.

A spokeswoman for the music service told CNET today that starting tomorrow, the company will make its HTML5 Web app available globally. The new app will make it possible to access the service on iOS and Android Web browsers and anywhere in the world.

Last month, the company rolled out the Web app in the United States after Grooveshark's original app was banned from Google Play. Google hasn't detailed why it booted the app but Grooveshark's legal disputes … Read more

Grooveshark retunes mobile site after trouble over dedicated apps

Hit by legal woes that squashed its dedicated apps, Grooveshark has amped up its mobile Web site to provide users with full access to their music.

The new mobile site has been given a fresh HTML5 paint job, so it now looks and feels smoother. It also gives Grooveshark users access to their entire collection of online tunes, including their playlists and favorites. As always, users can search for specific songs by title or artist and listen to different "stations" based on jazz, rock, classical, country, and other genres.

Overall, the experience is now virtually identical to using … Read more

New lawsuit adds to Grooveshark's troubles

Just when Grooveshark appeared to be putting its legal troubles behind it, the music service is sued once again by one of the major record labels.

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in a Manhattan federal court, recording company EMI accuses Grooveshark of breach of contract and copyright infringement. The gist of EMI's complaint is that after entering into a licensing agreement with the label in September 2009, Grooveshark fell behind in its monthly payments and also failed to provide sales records.

EMI needed the sales data to accurately know what to charge the service. EMI said because of … Read more

Grooveshark app yanked from Google Play yet again

Grooveshark has been on a roller coaster ride at the Google Play store.

The Android music app is once again no longer available through Google Play after being allowed back into the store earlier this week.

The app has been through this routine before -- initially debuting on Google Play, then getting kicked off more than a year ago, reappearing, and now again missing in action.

Why the back-and-forth hijinks?

The Grooveshark app lets you freely listen to online music stations based on your favorite genres. A special feature called Grooveshark Anywhere allows you to play any song you choose … Read more

Music streaming Grooveshark app back in Google Play

Music streaming service Grooveshark, whose app was once booted after its the company became too controversial, said it recently worked with Google to remove illegal apps that were doing something even more alarming -- letting users download music for free.

As a result, the Grooveshark app has been allowed back into the store.

Google unceremoniously pulled Grooveshark from the store more than a year ago. The online service lets users upload songs and then share them with other users, which upset some in the music industry.

After its ejection, Grooveshark noticed that other apps illegally using Groveshark's name were … Read more

Grooveshark is an acquisition target

Avi Faliks, an executive with investment firm Spring Mountain Capital, has approached the often-sued music service Grooveshark about an acquisition, numerous sources familiar with the discussions told CNET.

Faliks spoke with leaders from Grooveshark and parent company Escape Media about a plan to take the service more mainstream -- that is, make it less of a magnet for copyright lawsuits. Grooveshark, which enables users to share music with one another, has at one time or another been sued for copyright infringement by multiple music publishers as well as three of the four major record companies.

According to sources, Faliks planned … Read more

Grooveshark CEO talks EMI, YouTube, piracy

Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino compares his company to YouTube, reflects on screaming matches with EMI, and reveals that the company now forces ads on users, in an interview with the music blog Evolver.fm published today.

Grooveshark is a company that is likely as well known for its legal woes as anything it has done with digital music. All four of the top record companies have filed copyright complaints against the company. In addition, EMI, which once had a licensing agreement with the service, has accused Grooveshark of failing to pay its bills.

Tarantino spoke with former CNET writer Eliot … Read more

EMI, Grooveshark's only major label, tears up contract

EMI, one of the four top record companies and home to such acts as The Beatles and Coldplay, has terminated its music-licensing agreement with Grooveshark, a well-known music-sharing service, CNET has learned.

Court documents filed in New York state court reveal that the recorded-music division of EMI alleges Grooveshark has failed to meet the financial obligations of the agreement. In January, EMI's publishing arm filed suit against Grooveshark for breach of contract.

Grooveshark is a music service that provides free access to songs by enabling users to post their own music to the site. The company issued a response … Read more

Grooveshark now feels lawsuit wrath of all major music labels

A breach-of-contract lawsuit filed yesterday against Grooveshark means that all the major recording labels are suing the popular music streaming service.

EMI Music Publishing's lawsuit against Grooveshark parent Escape Media Group accuses the company of paying no royalties on a music licensing pact signed in 2009. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleges that the company has "made not a single royalty payment to EMI, nor provided a single accounting statement," according to a New York Times report.

In a statement to the Times, Grooveshark said: "This is a contract dispute that we … Read more

Sony, Warner to sue music service Grooveshark

Grooveshark.com, a free music streaming service, could soon feel even more legal heat from the music industry.

Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are readying a lawsuit which could be filed today, according to The New York Times.

The action follows a Universal Music lawsuit filed last month against Grooveshark, claiming its employees posted more than 100,000 pirated songs. Grooveshark called the suit a "gross mischaracterization of information."

Sony and Warner are expected to make similar complaints in their suit.

Grooveshark has yet to see the Sony and Warner lawsuit, but vowed to defend itself. … Read more