Grooveshark Review - Online Music Discovery Service

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Update: The Grooveshark music service is no longer in operation. This article is being maintained for archive purposes. For more information, be sure to read our article on the best free streaming music services.

The Bottom Line

If you're a music fan who wants to explore new genres, discover new bands/artists, and share your discoveries via social networking, then Grooveshark is one of the best services to use.

The free account provides a generous tool set while the subscription plans provide added features to maximize your music experience in the cloud. What makes Grooveshark stand out from the usual streaming music service crowd is that you can also upload your music library. With great support for a wide range of smartphone platforms too, it offers a flexible service for your digital music needs.

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Pros

  • Excellent resource for music discovery
  • Good social networking tools
  • Can upload your own music to Grooveshark's cloud storage
  • Good mobile device support
  • Can earn points for free access to subscription plans

Cons

  • Desktop app restricted to subscribers only
  • No facility to search or browse genres

Description

  • Service type: Internet radio / Streaming / Social Music Networking
  • Media content delivery: Streaming
  • Types of Media: Digital Music

Guide Review - Grooveshark Review: An Online Music Discovery Service With Cloud Storage

Creating an Account

Grooveshark has a selection of different accounts that you can sign up to depending on your requirements. These currently are:

  • Basic Grooveshark Account (free) - The basic account is free and never expires. It doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of the subscription tiers but it has a generous set of features for: finding new music; creating playlists; sharing songs via social networking, listening to Internet radio, and even uploading your own music.
  • Grooveshark Plus - For digital music fans who want it all, this subscription package gets you all the benefits of the free account, plus: no advertisements, priority email support, customizable features such as skins, and access to the Grooveshark desktop app.
  • Grooveshark Anywhere - This subscription tier is specifically if you are a mobile user and want to use all the features of Grooveshark on your smartphone. At present, the mobile platforms supported are: Android, BlackBerry, Palm OS, Nokia, and jailbroken iPhones.
  • Grooveshark Artists - If you're an artist, you can use the Grooveshark Artists service to promote your music.

One interesting feature built into Grooveshark is the chance to earn points. In return for completing surveys, the points you earn can be redeemed for Grooveshark Plus or Grooveshark Anywhere subscription plans.

Grooveshark's Music Discovery Tools

  • Search for Music: This feature which is similar to other services like Pandora, Meemix, Last.fm, etc., enables you to search for the name of a band, artist, or even a song title to instantly get results.
  • Radio Stations: If you prefer to tune into Internet radio for music discovery, then Grooveshark provides an easy way to start listening to your favorite genres. Grooveshark intelligently learns your likes and dislikes the more you use the song queue at the bottom of the screen -- clicking the happy or sad face icon on each track improves the accuracy of future recommendations.
  • With the above two tools, you can quickly buy and download songs from either Amazon MP3 or the iTunes Store via Grooveshark's song queue.

Uploading Music

You can upload your music library to Grooveshark using its cloud storage. This is a great feature that helps you to make your music collection mobile. One smart feature we noticed while trying out this option is that if a song is already in Grooveshark's library, it will be instantly added to your online library without the need to upload.

Social Networking Tools

Grooveshark is one of the better services when it comes to sharing your music discoveries.

As well as support for sharing songs and playlists with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and StumbleUpon, you can also use Grooveshark's own community of users to spread the word. There's also the option to scrobble to your Last.fm profile if you have one.

Music Library Tools

Basic tools are available to organize your collected music. You can either create playlists or quickly tag songs by adding them to your favorites list.

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