In order to get round all those pesky app store rules, the musos at Grooveshark have produced a basic little HTML5 player that’s available via Grooveshark’s website. If you’re not familiar with Grooveshark, it’s “the world’s largest on-demand and music discovery service. With over 15 million songs, Grooveshark is an ecosystem that brings together music fans, bands, music labels, and brands.”
A posting on their blog yesterday said:
In an effort to span over this confounded series of tubes and reach as many mobile music listeners as we can, we’ve done the unthinkable.
iOS? We got there.
Android 2.3+? We got there.
Playbook? We got there.
TouchPad? Yep. There too.
Should you choose to accept your mission:
!!! For covert opts points, try it on an html5 device not listed above and report your findings to Dr. Lovedoctor at firstname.lastname@example.org for your bonus surprise.
I’ve tried out on an HP TouchPad, a Pre 3 and a Google Nexus S and can confirm that it works most of the time. On occasion, it wouldn’t start playing a track and once that had happened, I had to restart the browser to fix the problem. The app is pretty simple, no fancy cover-flow effects here. This is it on the TouchPad.
Tap on a track and it starts playing. There are also genre “radio” stations for a continuous stream of tracks. Overall, it’s not bad but the tracks failed to start playing too many times for my liking.