Grooveshark launched an HTML5 mobile site Wednesday that should provide an adequate workaround for its problems with the Apple and Google app stores. After a year and a half removed from Google's app store, Grooveshark's Android app reappeared on Aug. 28 only to be removed just three days later.
The new mobile site effectively replicates the app-based experience using the HTML5 coding language. HTML5 allows mobile developers to create more dynamic, functional mobile sites that were previously possible on mobile browsers.
It may seem like Grooveshark quickly found a solution to being cut off from the two most important app stores, but the company has been working on this all year. Back in Jan., as Grooveshark's app was unavailable through both Apple and Google, Grooveshark was offering a bare-bones, beta version of an HTML5 mobile webapp. It was a hint of things to come.
Grooveshark will miss the discovery that comes from being listed in app stores, but HTML5 sites can act much like mobile apps. New visitors will see a message that encourages them to "pin" the page to their home screens. The "Add to Home Screen" button will put the Grooveshark logo on the user's smartphone screen along with other app icons.