I’ve been raving about Grooveshark to anyone that cares to listen, and I finally took the plunge today to become a VIP member. At $3/month or $30 a year, it’s just dirt cheap, especially considering my penchant for blowing large amounts of money on seemingly useless things/causes, like destroying my liver!
Oh, right, I should probably mention what Grooveshark is for the uneducated. Or just let Wikipedia do that for me.
Grooveshark is an internationally-available online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application, allowing users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist.
What that actually means is:
- A gazillion songs. On demand. For me me me! And I’m not just talking album versions either. Plenty of funky live versions to be heard
- Playlists that I can create and access on any computer
- It’s free! Ad-supported, but free
I’ve been using the free service for months now, but as mentioned above, I thought, what the heck, I’ll pay the miniscule amount and support these crazy kids. Now that I have signed up, I get:
- No more pesky ads in that right hand column
- An Adobe AIR app
- A mobile app [all major platforms supported, inc. my Android] that is still a little buggy, but nicely synced with the site, great interface and a nifty “listen offline” feature [i.e. d/l songs to phone]
To me, services like Grooveshark and Spotify are pretty much the future of online music. It just makes sense to pay a subscription fee to access an entire catalogue of music across record labels, rather than buying individual songs / albums. I guess the big on-going issue with services like this are the legal issues surrounding the sourcing of all the music, and cooperation from the record companies. EMI filed a lawsuit against Grooveshark last year, but ended up dropping the lawsuit and licensed it instead.
Let’s hope that these issues get sorted, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
“Part II / Six months later” of my Grooveshark journey is now up at Grooveshark, six months on. Mobile stability, community, scrobbling and search modifiers.