1. Not long ago, we launched a completely new version of Grooveshark. Built mostly on HTML5, the new version has been faster and prettier for a lot of you. We know that some of you still don’t like the changes—and that we’ve had some bugs in it that have made the transition even harder.

    We’ve really been working hard to try to update everything to the level you expect from the shark. We’ve also been overwhelmed with questions from you guys, so your patience has been very much appreciated.

    Here are some answers to a few of the questions a lot of you have been having.

    Q: I’m a Grooveshark Plus or Anywhere subscriber, where can I download Grooveshark Desktop?

    A: Click here, and make sure you have Adobe AIR installed. It’s not as updated as Grooveshark right now, but as soon as it is the app will automatically notify you.

    Q: Grooveshark isn’t working right. I’m getting a white screen, a blank screen, my saved music isn’t showing up.

    A: Make sure you have the latest version of Flash installed.

    If that doesn’t work, try opening Grooveshark in another browser.

    To be really sure, make sure your browser is accepting cookies. To make sure, go to Tools->Options->Privacy, then check Accept Cookies.

    Q: I’m having way too many problems with the new Grooveshark. Can I just go back to the old site?

    A: Yes! For the time being, you can access the old Grooveshark by going to http://retro.grooveshark.com. We can’t promise that will be up forever, but until we get all the kinks sorted out with the new Grooveshark, we want you to be able to keep grooving.

    Q: Where are all the old themes?

    It’ll take us a little time to convert all the old themes from Flash to HTML, but we are certainly working on it. 

    Q: Even though my subscription is set to recurring, Grooveshark is telling me that it’s non-recurring!

    A: Don’t worry—it’s just a display error with the account. Right now it is just telling you it’s non-recurring, and we’re working on fixing that bug. If you’re sure your account was set to recur, it still is.

    We can’t tell you enough times how much we love you, and I really appreciate all your patience with the updates. If you’re loving the new Grooveshark, awesome! If not, we’ll keep updating everything—and keep you posted—as the week goes on.


  2. As you know if you read the announcement we made a while back, or saw the gigantic counter over on our VIP page, the price of Grooveshark VIP is going up on December 1.  A few weeks ago, I wrote:

    "In order to keep our doors open, continue feeding Pickles, and keep compensating all of our artist and label partners for their great tunes, the price of VIP is set to increase on December 1.”

    As December 1 is nigh upon us, the change is almost here. Here’s what’s changing: $6/month (or $60/year) for Grooveshark Plus, and $9/month ($90/year) for Grooveshark Anywhere.

    Grooveshark Plus will include everything VIPs get now, with one exception: devices. Desktop app, no ads ever, priority support, and all the fixings—not to mention the love and appreciation of our small team—will be there.

    Grooveshark Anywhere gets you all the goodness of VIP, as well as Grooveshark Mobile, and the additional device partnerships and integrations we’re really excited about for 2011.

    While we wish we could give up eating to keep prices as low as possible, two things will never change.  

    1. Grooveshark will always be free. Listening to millions of songs, making playlists, and sharing tunes with your friends will always be free to your heart’s content.
    2. If you sign up for Grooveshark VIP at the current price before December 1, you will never be charged more than $3 a month. Your account will be grandfathered in, and you will have access to our mobile apps—and everything else we ever make.

    So if you’ve been putting it of, now is the time to go VIP. And if you have any questions, give me a comment or ask here!


  3. A few months ago I wrote about Groovylists, a nifty site that helps you import iTunes and Spotify playlists into your Grooveshark account.

    Just this week, Tommie updated the site to now include playlist importing from Last.fm! If you haven’t used it yet, definitely check it out.


  4. Last week we talked about some updates to Grooveshark for Android and for iPhone, and this week we get to announce tons of updates to the Grooveshark app for Palm WebOS.

    It has been a long time coming—here’s what’s new:

    • Shuffle - You can now shuffle your Now Playing songs.  You can also enable shuffling automatically anytime you add a playlist to your queue.
    • Dashboard Player - Whenever you start playing something, a dashboard player will open up. You can find it through the notifications section, and have quick access back to the player when you want it.
    • Low Bitrate Playback - If your connection is slow, or you’re in an area with bad reception, you can still use Grooveshark. We’ll just play slightly lower quality versions of the songs, so the required bandwidth is lower.
    • Search Filtration - Once you search for music, you can now filter through the results.

    To read the full list of changes, read more!

    Read More


  5. Last week we released a patch to the Grooveshark Android app. Here’s what changed:

    • Fixed a bug that would crash the app if you lost connection while downloading songs to the Offline Cache
    • When editing a playlist, you can’t accidentally click a song and have it play now
    • A few null pointer exceptions & illegal argument exceptions
    • Fixed an issue with clearing out previously-read notifications

    We also just posted an update to the Grooveshark iPhone app that fixed a bug causing the app to crash when some users went to Settings.

    We know there are still some bugs with the apps—particularly some iPhone crashing issues—so if you’re still having problems, please let me know by commenting with which device you have, what version of the OS, and what’s causing the crash!


  6. For the many of you who’ve been asking about Grooveshark for iPhone, we’ve got news: it’s back in Cydia.

    Not only is it back—it’s brand new. Last night we released a spiffy, completely updated version of Grooveshark for iPhone with some of the features folks who have had the app have been requesting:

    • Multitasking - so you can email, surf, and Groove without missing a beat
    • Genre radio - built in radio stations so you don’t even have to think about what to play on that long road trip
    • Better search - filter search results by songs, artists, albums, and playlists to help you find what you want faster
    • Personal radio - like a radio session you’ve started based on a Massive Attack song? Save that station as Massive Attack Radio, and come back to it instantly, anytime

    You can download the app now to your jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. And even though we’d love to be in the app store, we’re just thrilled to be able to give you guys an app you’ll (fingers crossed) enjoy grooving to.

    UPDATE: If the app is crashing for you on launch, do the update we just released—should fix this!


  7. Last night we released a big update for Grooveshark Android that fixed a bunch of bugs, launched a bunch of new features, and will hopefully make all our Android friends very happy.  Here’s what changed:

    Subscribed playlists - You can listen not only to playlists you’ve made, but ones you’ve Favorited while using Grooveshark.

    Genre Radio - If you *really* don’t know what to listen to, we’ve added a bunch of Radio stations created by genre. Pick one and go.

    User stations - You can save a Radio session as a playlist and come back to it.

    Repeat Options - Repeat a single song, or an entire queue.

    Queue is remembered across app restarts - The songs in your queue will remain there, even if you restart your phone/app.

    Last.fm scrobbling support. I don’t think I have to explain this one to you fans out there. :)

    Bluetooth support for play, pause, next and previous song controls.

    Bugs We Fixed:

    Playlists will now sync!


    Wifi-only songs are now playable over cellular networks, if you like.

    Using Shuffle won’t cause the app to crash anymore!

    Fewer  "Lost connection to Grooveshark" messages, and significantly saved battery. 

    QueueService (the player code) now manages its life-cycle properly, and shuts down when not in use.

    Removed the Quit button—it’s not needed anymore.
 The app frees background resources when a the last song queued plays, or the current song is paused.
 Quitting the app now happens when the phone’s home button or back button are pressed enough.

    Now Playing didn’t always clear when the app wasn’t in use; this is fixed.

    After a force close, sometimes songs wouldn’t play and the “Unknown
Media Player”  error was displayed; this has been fixed.
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    For some Android phones, music would stop playing when the app went into the background; this has been fixed.

    Skipping between songs frequently would eventually cause the app to hang and force close.
 Not anymore!

    After favoriting or unfavoriting a song in Now Playing, the song’s state was not updated in any widgets—and vice versa. This has been fixed.

    After an extended period of no use, pressing play from widgets 
wouldn’t start the last song; this has been fixed.


    Offline Song Fixes

    Now stops and starts when needed which saves battery.

    It prevents the phone from sleeping while any downloads are queued or active—so they won’t fail.

    Songs being downloaded to Offline Songs during a connectivity transition (e.g. 3g to wifi) will seamlessly download the song.

    Phew! Any questions?


  8. A few of you have noticed some changes to Grooveshark flickering on and off over the past couple of days. Well, they’re here! To keep it short, here’s what’s new:

    Interface

    • Genre radio stations are now more prominent, featured in their own section on the left sidebar.
    • My Music now clearly houses your Favorites and a quicklink to all your Playlists.
    • Playlists on the left sidebar are now broken up between playlists you’ve made (in blue) and playlists you subscribe to made by other users (in black).
    • You can also customize specifically which playlists you want linked on the sidebar, so you’ll always have quickest access to the ones you love the most.

    Suggested Search tries to predict what band you’re looking for, showing a few close suggestions—making it easier for you to find the artist you want.

    And perhaps most importantly, we’ve added Feeds of the music activity of your friends. By clicking on Community, you can see what songs and bands your friends are obsessed with, what tunes your friends are sharing with each other, and whenever new playlists are made or edited. We’ve even added Facebook Connect, so you can sync up which of your Facebook friends are also on Grooveshark.

    And each user has a profile page showing off all their recent music activity!


  9. After over a year of diligently working, last week marked us leaping through all the hoops necessary to finally offer what is far-and-away our most-requested feature: a Grooveshark app for the iPhone.  Obviously the last few days have been insanely exciting for us: seeing months of laboring over a hot MacBook finally bear fruit, not to mention the happiness we get being able to provide a great service to music fans all over the world.

    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.

    If you’ve already downloaded the app, keep enjoying it. We’re going to keep working hard to provide the best services we possibly can across the web, BlackBerry, Android, Palm WebOS, Symbian, and everywhere else you love your music—including the iPhone.


  10. So in all the noise this week about Grooveshark for iPhone, a few of you have been worried we might forget about our Android app. What say us? BAH!

    We released an update to Grooveshark for Android, version 2.0.6.  So what’s new?

    • App can start with no connectivity or in airplane mode - so you don’t have to be connected to get to your Offline Songs!
    • Fixed a player bug in 2.2 (Froyo).
    • If you are running Android 2.2 on your phone, you can now install or move the app to an SD card.
    • Playlists load more quickly, and scrolling should be smoother.
    • Other bugs!

    So make sure you update, and we’ll all keep grooving mobile!



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