Grooveshark again yanked from Google Play

Google is swimming in shark-infested waters, having removed the Grooveshark music app only two days after it was reinstated following a hiatus of over a year.

Grooveshark announced last week that it had worked closely with Google to remove "rogue apps," prompting its return to Google Play. But the short-lived romance ended abruptly last Friday, when Google once again stripped Grooveshark from its app store.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The music-streaming service allows users to play and search songs from the desktop or mobile apps, but has run into problems with music labels, which have accused the service of failing to obtain proper licenses.

The Apple App Store first pulled the app in August 2010, after receiving a complaint from Universal Music Group UK. It was later dropped from Google Play in April 2011, without any explanation from either company.

In a statement, a Grooveshark spokeswoman claimed that the Grooveshark app itself is not a copyright infringement, "and Google should recognise through their experience with YouTube that our actual partner artists and labels are suffering every day our app is down."

The company has filed a counter-notice, the spokeswoman said, and is working with Google and its Google Play reinstatement process to get the app back in the market. Until then, the Grooveshark Android app can be found on Grooveshark's own website, where jailbroken iOS devices can also cop a download, or use the HTML5 version of the service directly in their phone's web browser.

"We thank all the users who continue to support open music, open markets, and open internet," Grooveshark said.

Meanwhile, Grooveshark is being sued by a number of major record labels over copyright infringement, according to the Wall Street Journal.