It doesn’t matter if you’re at work or home, it seems that there’s always a need for music. Nowadays, there are a lot of softwares/websites that offer music on the go. Places like Last.fm and Pandora give you some freedom to listen to your favorite songs on the web. However, there’s a new kid in town and from the looks of it, the competition should take notice.
Grooveshark.com is an international online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application. It allows users to search for, stream, and upload music FREE of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist you’ll create, name and share. Grooveshark aims to help bridge the growing gaps between artists, consumers and those in between who distribute, market, and promote music.
One of Grooveshark’s notable features is its recommendation system. It’s called “Grooveshark Radio”, and finds similar songs to those in a user’s playlist and queues them for playback. Similar to Pandora’s “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” feedback mechanism and Last.fm “rating” system, users of Grooveshark can tell the recommendation system whether a particular recommendation was good or not by clicking a “happy face” or “sad panda” icon. The main feature of Grooveshark is finding songs and playing them on demand instantly, building a queue in the process. When users are satisfied with the current list of songs in their queue, they are able to save the songs as a traditional playlist for future retrieval.
A Twitter/Ping-like social feature allows users to “follow” each other making it easier to share songs by clicking a special heart icon which adds it to the logged-in user’s list of favorite users. This list can be accessed by navigating to the user’s profile on the service. Like users, songs and playlists can also be added to a favorites list. Music can be shared on Grooveshark by directly linking songs to other users within Grooveshark or by posting links to other social networks like Facebook and MySpace through a “broadcast” feature, or by creating music widgets (small, embeddable music players) that can be posted on external websites.
The website also allows users to upload music files from their hard drive to the search database, resulting in constant growth of its library as well as the option to buy the song from Amazon.com or iTunes. This all sounds like a “Music Facebook”. One word of caution though; concerns have been raised (see legal issues) over the legality of this content with regards to copyright infringement.