1. 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?


  2. 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!


  3. "I’m very pleased that Grooveshark has a library that bests any service when it comes to music from obscure or lesser known acts. The underground and fringe genres are best represented by Grooveshark, which actually has songs you won’t find on Pandora or Rhapsody."
  4. We fixed a few bugs in the mobile apps this week, and wanted to let you know!

    The biggest (for those affected) is the fix for E72 Nokia phones, where attempting to play *any* song would cause a ghoulish, annoying, dog-angering whine. Our bad!

    For BlackBerry, we updated the About screen so that it tells you the version number of the app when you open it up. It’ll help us track bugs specific to releases, and give you the info you need.

    There is a patch for Android coming real quick: not only will it speed up playlist performance, but it should also fix the “Unknown Media Player Error” you might’ve received.


  5. We just pushed an update to all the Grooveshark Android users out there. Here’s what’s new:

    • When searching, album views show the number of songs on the album
    • If you remove your headphones while the music’s playing, the app will automatically pause the tunes
    • When an error occurs in playback, the player skips ahead to the next song
    • If something screws up, it’ll automatically email us so we can make it better for you

    We’ll keep working, and you keep grooving.


  6. The Grooveshark Mobile Team is constantly working crazy hours to make sure the apps are perfected.  I figured I should let you know what they have been up to lately:

    We finally added support for Nokia (Symbian) touchscreen phones.  Just head to m.grooveshark.com on your phone to download the app. 

    Android 2.0.1 is live!  Your phone should tell you to update if you already have the app (just find it in the market otherwise). Check out the change log:

    • Widgets! Three widgets are available: regular, large, square, allows you to control playback and see the current song from outside of the app.

                               

    • App should now show up for 2.2 (Froyo) users.
    • Fixed playlist songs order bug. Songs were listed and played out of order.
    • Fixed dialog orientation change problems. On screen rotate, alert dialogs would be hidden.
    • When in shuffle the incorrect current song would be shown on screen rotate.
    • During startup, if the splash screen is seen for more than 5 seconds (because of a slow network), a progress dialog is shown.
    • Playlists in search results now show username.
    • Fixed several shuffle and player button state bugs.
    • When in shuffle and “play next” is chosen on a playlist, the first song from the playlist is played and the rest are added to the shuffle queue.
    • Fixed playlist share URL bug.
    • Player back button now skips back to the beginning of a the active song, then to the previous track if clicked again.
    • Exit button now kills the QueueService.
    • Fixed a major problem with acquiring/releasing wake locks that caused major battery drain.
    • Fixed a bug in the player cache: if the cache was enabled but bytes allocated was zero, queue would never skip to next song.
    • During shuffle, if selecting a song to play outside of the queue, the song would add but not play immediately.
    • Fixed Tinysong URL bug (app would sometimes hang forever loading a Tinysong URL).

    Let us know what you think of the changes!  I promise I will pester the mobile team until all of you are totally satisfied.

    Don’t forget, you can always keep up with the latest Grooveshark Mobile info at http://mobile.grooveshark.com


  7. Android Market Pick: Grooveshark Mobile (via pocketnowvideo)

    If you ever want to pay your respects to the recently laid to rest old version of Grooveshark for Android, watch this video. Informative and awesome!


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