Can Grooveshark survive? The controversial streaming music service still faces lawsuits on multiple fronts over its licensing policies, with legal costs and the knock-on effects – such as its apps being kicked off Apple and Google’s app stores – presenting stern challenges to its business. However, in an interview with PandoDaily (which recently described Grooveshark as “still the best thing out there”) CEO Sam Tarantino claims the service is on the comeback trail. “Our overall growth has been solid, our mobile growth has been phenomenal,” he says. “Since late last Fall we’ve been growing at a pace of about 200K users each month.” Tarantino says that Grooveshark has been seeing “modest” growth in advertising, and reiterates previous claims that the company’s poor reputation within the music industry is undeserved. “We’ve always operated with the intent to license content on the platform, and we have been for the past seven years,” he says. “I think most people thought we were just a bunch of coders wanting to ruin an industry but the reality is we were doing the best we could with limited resources.”

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