Popular music service Grooveshark has made its way back to the iPhone, thanks to the company’s new HTML web app. Grooveshark fans will be happy to hear that you can now access the free service on iOS devices without the jailbreak app.

Apple originally pulled Grooveshark from the App Store because of its questionably-illegal nature, and then app then showed up in Cydia for jailbreakers. Grooveshark has now abandoned Flash for a mobile-friendly HTML5 web app that all iOS users can enjoy.

If you’re unfamiliar with Grooveshark, the service is basically a mix of Spotify and Pandora With the new web app (html5.grooveshark.com), you can search for songs and play Pandora-like stations. Songs can be played in the background through Mobile Safari and the app’s UI scales nicely for the iPhone and iPad.

The Grooveshark selection isn’t as vast as what’s available on the iTunes Store, but those with a more mainstream taste in music shouldn’t have any trouble finding most of the tracks you’d expect. For unlimited access and no ads on mobile, you can get Grooveshark Anywhere for $9 per month.

This HTML5 app is an example of another company circumventing the curated nature of Apple’s App Store. Amazon recently launched a HTML5 web app for the iPad that allows customers to purchase Kindle ebooks. Apple didn’t let Amazon offer purchase links for ebooks in its native iOS app because it violated the App Store’s guidelines.

Let us know what you think of the new Grooveshark web app. Do you prefer it over apps like Spotify and Pandora?

[The Next Web]

  • I love me my Pandora. Gonna take a lot to pull me away…

  • Kok Hean


  • Yeah, finally… Grooveshark is awesome!

  • is anyone else able to create playlists on the html5 site? All I can do is search for individual songs one at a time. Still cool…but playlists would be great

  • is anyone else able to create playlists on the html5 site? All I can do is search for individual songs one at a time. Still cool…but playlists would be great

    • Kok Hean

      Individual songs only for now. The good thing is that it works in background!

      This + FullScreen for Safari = awesome 😀

      It doesn’t work if you install it as a full WebClip though, what a disappointment.

      • Seriously, WTF??! Why the hell would they not code this to work as a full screen web app? It’s so friggin easy to do. It’s just a little bit of CSS code….

  • Very, very good news. I would’ve never found it since GrooveShark’s main site doesn’t seem to mention the html5 site at all. Thank you!

  • Bye bye spotify!!

  • Hopefully a tweak will come soon to get rid of ads and such.

  • Marcelo

    Cool news.
    And now apple is going to block safari web apps… (kidding)

  • http://www.4shared.com/4music/ allows you to do simmilar and was released more than 6 month ago!

  • That’s why it is called Grooveshark beta.

  • Isn’t there a GrooveShark app in the Cydia Store?

    • Anonymous

      Yeh but you have to buy it, but this is free; I found all the songs on my iPod on the site and I dont even listen to mainstream music…

    • Anonymous

      Yes. However, even though the app itself is free, you need a monthly subscription that will run $9/mo. They do offer a 15-day trial for you to try it out.
      I subscribed back when they started out and I’ve paid only $3 ever since and it’s been more than worth it. The app is great and so is the selection of indie and new music. (it’s not just mainstream, otherwise I wouldn’t use it)
      I’d think twice about it if I had to pai $9, not gonna lie.

  • Nice! Hopefully playlists soon!

  • Anonymous

    Now all they have to do is figure out a way to export music to music app and iTunes becomes obsolete…

  • This is crazy. I am a long time grooveshark user and since I have the 4S just last night I was wondering why they wouldn’t make a web app.

  • Kok Hean

    Beta = limited

  • jay jimenez

    Im in love <3

  • No AirPlay functionality for web apps. 🙁

    • No you are wrong.

      Go into Grooveshark web app, play a song, leave the browser, double tap the home button, swipe to the right twice. Hit the Airplay button and choose your source.

      I just did it on my phone and it works.

  • Too bad they rushed this out the door before adding the CSS code to create an icon image for their web app so that when you add it to your homepage on your iPhone it’s a nice looking icon instead of a snapshot of the webpage.


  • ebbi


  • Mark

    Is anyone else having trouble loading songs on the grooveshark web app on 3g? It works fine when I’m in wifi but doesn’t seem to be able to stream the next song on the playlist the moment I leave wifi.

  • Berndude

    Anyone having issue playing it through Bluetooth on an Iphone

    • BH

      Yes. It barely works for me now. Whatever update they did made it worse for those already using the HTML through Iphone. I can get it to play if it’s connected to wifi but that’s it. Very frustrating. Even if I have 4G on it will just try to load FOREVER. I’ve had it with Grooveshark. I’m pulling my music as we speak and moving to another music provider.