Grooveshark is an international music search and streaming service. Founded in 2007 by three University of Florida students, it has come a long way. Today, Grooveshark counts over 35 million registered users worldwide and around 110 million streamed songs per month. Grooveshark Lite was the original name of the online player, which has since been shortened to simply Grooveshark.
Grooveshark grants access to users worldwide. You can search its vast archive and listen to songs without having to register. Signing up is recommended however, if you would like to mark favorites, create playlists, upload songs, or share music with people in your social network.
The Basic Interface
When you first visit Grooveshark, you will see the basic interface pictured in the screenshot below. It contains a search field in the middle and pointers to what you can do around the site, for example become a member or tune into one of the many radio stations.
Search For Music
As mentioned above, you can search and listen to music without being registered. Simply enter your query into the search field and enjoy the music. Per default, all results are shown, whether your search term matches songs, artists, or albums. Results are sorted by relevance. In the left-hand pane all matches, e.g. artist, album, or playlist matches, will be listed for quick access.
You can sort results by song, artist, album, or popularity. Or you can switch to the respective view and see a list of the matching results in that category.
When you click the ‘Add to Now Playing‘ button to the left of an item in your results list, that song will be added to your ‘Now Playing‘ queue. You can toggle the queue via the ‘three squares with an arrow underneath’ button in the bottom right.
You can drag and drop songs in the queue to a different position, remove them, or click to play them. The player also allows you to shuffle or loop songs and to cross-fade between them.
Clicking directly on a song title will open a page where you can comment on the song and see fans and related material.
If you are interested in finding similar music, try turning on the radio after queuing up a few of your favorite songs. This will launch a music recommendation service similar to Last.FM or Pandora. Alternatively, you can load a station, i.e. a specific genre. With the radio feature turned on you can refine the station playlist by liking or disliking songs in the queue.
Since we last covered Grooveshark, the service has integrated social login with Facebook and Google, meaning that if you are a member with either of these, you don’t have to set up a separate account with Grooveshark. Once you are logged in, you can add songs to various sections, for example you can generally collect the songs under My Music, add them to your Favorites, or create playlists.
There are several ways in which you can share your Grooveshark music. First of all you can share single songs via your social networks, through a widget, or by copying the URL.
Likewise, you can share your playlists or favorites, and you can create an embeddable widget from the songs presently in your queue.
Grooveshark is a great way to quickly access your favorite music or browse for new songs. A simple social login or registration allows you to save your favorites, create playlists, and share your music with friends. If you would like to see the ads dropped or access advanced features, such as the visualizer, video mode, or power hour mode, you can upgrade your account to Grooveshark Plus or Grooveshark Anywhere for a monthly fee.
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- Convert Your Spotify, iTunes & Last.fm Playlists To Grooveshark With Groovylists
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