Well that didn’t last long, did it? Just this week iDB reported that popular streaming agent Grooveshark had been added to the App Store for download. It was noted that the potential of the rights of music being violated existed, and it seems that very issue is the reason behind the short lived app.

Mac Life has the direct quote from the companies official blog, which states:

Earlier this afternoon, Apple sent us a letter notifying us that, due to a complaint they received from Universal Music Group UK, Grooveshark for iPhone has been, strangely, pulled from the App Store.

This comes as an absolute surprise to us, and we are not sleeping until we figure out exactly how to fix this—and get Grooveshark for iPhone back in the App Store. Above all, our biggest concern is damaging the service we provide to all of you guys—our loyal (awesome) users.

I have beaten this horse nearly to a corpse, however I feel another jab is in order. How the hell does Apple (again) validate an application without fully knowing if it is even legal? Did the responsible party just think that because Grooveshark’s website runs without consequence, that all the necessary permission slips had been signed? If I were Universal, I would be drafting a threatening letter to not just Grooveshark, but to Apple alike. Maybe that happened, and maybe it didn’t.

For those of us who managed to get the app downloaded promptly, Grooveshark tells us we should be able to continue to use it without incident. How come? Not that I’m complaining, but it would seem that if anything legit was violated then Apple should pull the plug, which is something they have the ability to do. Right?

Anyway, I think while the sort the legality of this out, they should figure out how they plan on charging $3 once the 30-day trial is up, without even providing background capabilities. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another year. Until then, enjoy Pandora!

  • David Ferrandino

    I’m glad I got my VIP membership I hope

  • Hans

    or you could do some research and realize that Grooveshark is legal? Are you a journalist?

  • Hans

    *directed at Ethan

  • Allie

    I’m so glad I got this app before they took it down! I so hope it will continue to work 🙁

    It’d be a shame if apple rained on my parade and stopped allowing it to function

  • Fukdat

    Geez Ethan. It’s not that simple about the legality of Grooveshark. How about doing a little research before you submit a definite verdict about it. I suggest starting with Google.com. It’s a pretty good site to search stuff on. Just throwing you some bone.

    • My questions about their maneuverings are simply derived from their immediate removal from the AppStore. Certainly I don’t know what really happened, which why making off the hip hypotheticals is part of this.

  • Dan

    Apple does NOT have a remote “kill switch” to remotely remove apps from phones. That’s just a rumor.

  • Are you crazy? For what twisted reasoning could you possibly think it’s up to Apple to deny apps that infringe on other people’s copyrights? Apple can surely be expected to reject the obviously illegal apps, but anything that’s even close to borderline, asking Apple to police the copyright is asking them to do something that, not only do they not want to do, but no sane person should be asking them to do. Apple has no business policing the copyrights of the apps that get submitted to them. The validation process is not meant to ensure IP has not been violated. It is up to the IP holder to issue a takedown notice if there is infringing copyright.

  • Ethan

    “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull,” said Mr Jobs.

  • rockinhc

    Someone please post the ipa file!

    • bios

      I agree.. someone please post it.. I downloaded it, but lost it in some digital shuffle and now can’t get it back.. I should still be able to install it if someone could post it as it’s in my “purchase history”..