first_imgAfter an absence of nearly a year and a half, Grooveshark is back on iOS. The streaming service didn’t, however, have its app reinstated into the App Store. Instead, it has created a new HTML5 version of its web site, which can let non-jailbroken iOS users listen for free.At this point, the web app is extremely primitive (it has a “beta” tag to reflect this). It only has three sections: Search, Stations, and Popular. They let you search for any song on the service, listen to its Pandora-like radio stations, and see which new pop music is getting lots of play among Grooveshark’s listeners.The “beta” status, however, tells us that Grooveshark has big plans for its web app. Up to this point, the service’s website required Flash (its primary website still does), and was therefore out of the question for iOS users. If Grooveshark later expands its HTML5 app to offer all of the function of the full website (or at least of its mobile app), then the company can tap the massive iOS userbase for subscriptions once again.Up to this point, Grooveshark has required mobile users to subscribe to a $9/month “Grooveshark Anywhere” plan in order to listen on smartphones and tablets. We would expect that to eventually come to the HTML5 app. This would allow users to create playlists, save albums, and enjoy Grooveshark’s full on-demand cloud music library.Of course that will depend on whether the company’s lawyers can successfully fend off the recording industry. The service’s library far surpasses those of rival services like Spotify, Rdio, and Mog because it isn’t restricted by content deals. Grooveshark has been operating under a DMCA safe harbor, using a YouTube-like defense in hosting user uploads of copywritten music.Many suspect that the company has been trying to build a strong following while skirting around the DMCA, then strike content deals after the fact. It succeeded for a while by agreeing to terms with EMI, but the label has since taken Grooveshark to court for (supposedly) not paying promised royalties. Universal, Sony, and Warner are also suing Grooveshark for permitting copyright infringement.In the meantime, iOS users wanting full Grooveshark access will need to jailbreak and download the company’s Cydia app. You can find Grooveshark’s bare-bones HTML5 app here.Grooveshark, via Read Write Weblast_img