Grooveshark (www.grooveshark.com) is an online music streaming service available on multiple platforms, but there's still no official love for Windows Phone (apparently down to Microsoft stating that such an app wouldn't be allowed through the submission process). We last looked at an unofficial client, GrooveMobile back in March when the app went into beta testing. The developer, SciLor is a popular developer on Android and formerly Windows Mobile. But now we've been alerted to yet another unofficial Grooveshark client, titled SharkPhone.
This app is currently available on the Windows Phone Store and ready for download. Head past the break for more details.
While legal issues surrounding the service as a whole continue, SharkPhone enables those with a Windows Phone to connect to Grooveshark and stream music. It's super basic in terms of functionality, but is lightning fast to use. All you're greeted with is a search field. Search for the artist, song and more, select the result you desire and you're good to go. Unfortunately, because there isn't much to the app, you're limited by what's available, which isn't much.
There are no options to create playlists, high quality audio or even the ability to log into an account, but we're sure the developer may have plans for the future of the app, especially given just how many Windows Phone owners want to see a solid Grooveshark solution available on the store. Either way, this app is a sweet addition to your app arsenal for those moments when you need to hear a particular song.
If SharkPhone isn't up your street, fear not as there's also the official solution on the Grooveshark website, utilising HTML5. While not a native app, it's definitely worth checking out if you're an avid fan of the service. That said, Microsoft does offer its own Xbox Music service, which offers unlimited streaming and offline playback for a small monthly fee. Then you have Nokia Music and upcoming Beats Music. There's a variety of services available to choose from.
Be it an unofficial source, we're pleased to see such a solution launch on the platform while we wait for an official client. You can download SharkPhone from the Windows Phone Store for free. Thanks, Amir, for the heads up!