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Music streaming Grooveshark app back in Google Play

The controversial Grooveshark worked with Google to remove rogue apps and, as a result, Google restores Groovesharks' app.

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Music streaming service Grooveshark, whose app was once booted after its the company became too controversial, said it recently worked with Google to remove illegal apps that were doing something even more alarming -- letting users download music for free.

As a result, the Grooveshark app has been allowed back into the store.

Google unceremoniously pulled Grooveshark from the store more than a year ago. The online service lets users upload songs and then share them with other users, which upset some in the music industry.

After its ejection, Grooveshark noticed that other apps illegally using Groveshark's name were allowing users to download music for free, something Grooveshark claims it doesn't do. Grooveshark brought the matter to Google to get the issue resolved.

Grooveshark released this statement today:

After working closely with Google to get rogue apps removed, we're delighted that the official Grooveshark app has been reinstated in the Android market. Grooveshark is dedicated to helping music fans search, discover and share music while pioneering new artist promotion, distribution and monetization techniques. We look forward to continuing to build a relationship with Android and leverage this fantastic platform for our partners.

No comment or confirmation, yet, from Google, which removed the Grooveshark app last April as the search company faced criticism of poor antipiracy efforts.

In the year following, Grooveshark was hit with lawsuits from all major music labels, accusing the company of copyright infringement.

Since then, the company has been paying its debts and is said to be the subject of an acquisition.