Grooveshark is the latest streaming music service to get into the iTunes App Store. But there are a few key differences between the Grooveshark mobile app and those from Rdio, MOG, and Rhapsody. First up, you can use Grooveshark for free for 30 days before signing up for a subscription. Second, the subscription is about 1/3rd the price of the other guys’, at just $3 per month. Third, you can always visit Grooveshark.com in a desktop web browser to stream music for free.
But here’s the biggest difference: Grooveshark tried to submit its app a while back and Apple rejected it. Grooveshark took to the back channels and offered a version of its iPhone app through the Cydia store for jailbroken phones. But now that Apple has approved the app, it will be available to a much wider audience.
Grooveshark lets users listen to virtually any song at any time. Just enter a song title or artist in the search box for a list of songs. You can listen right away or add tracks to a playlist or queue. You can also favorite a song. Grooveshark for iPhone also offers offline cachine, letting you listen to msuic when you don’ thave an internet connection handy.
The current version of the app doesn’t support multitasking yet, but Groovershark is working on that feature.
Grooveshark’s service has always been on shakier ground than other music streaming services, since the company tends to work out the legal rights to stream songs after the fact instead of making deals before starting to offer a tune. But from a user standpoint, it’s hard to find another service that has the vast content library you’ll find at Grooveshark.
Grooveshark is available a a free download from the App Store, although you’ll have to sign up for a subscription if you want to keep using it after your 30 day trial expires.
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