Listen To Your Favorite Music Online For Free With Grooveshark

0 grooveshark intro   Listen To Your Favorite Music Online For Free With GroovesharkCould Grooveshark be the best service for streaming music? A lot of people have taken to online music. It’s a great way to listen to your favorite tunes on-demand and save your playlists or stations. There are a lot of services that allow you to stream music, including Pandora and Last.fm, but my personal favorite is Grooveshark.

Grooveshark has come a long way since we first covered it back in early ’08. Since that time, Grooveshark has adopted many great features and has become one of the top online choices for streaming and listening to free music online.

In this article, I am going to discuss some of Grooveshark’s key features, as well as walk you through the interface a bit so you can get the most out of this service and everything it has to offer.

Searching For Music

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When you first land on Grooveshark’s homepage you are greeted with a box that says “Search for Music”. If you know what you want to listen to, simply type the artist or song title into the search field and Grooveshark will bring up a list of everything matching your query.

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For starters, you can sort your search results by song name, artist, or album. You can also use the drop-down menu and tabs at the top. There are tabs for Playlists and People, which let you see playlists created using your search term and the users who created them.

Finding What’s Popular

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If you’re not sure what you want to listen to don’t worry. On the left side panel, just click on the Popular Smart Playlist to see the most popular songs on Grooveshark. Once you’ve used Grooveshark for a while, you can use the Recent Smart Playlist to see your most recent songs.

To play a song, just click on it and either click the plus sign next to it or use the drop down menus. You can add songs one by one, play all of them, or add them to a playlist or your library.

Creating Playlists & Radio Mode

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Creating and saving playlists is probably my favorite feature on Grooveshark. Whenever you add music to be played you can save it to a playlist by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the screen. You can name your playlists whatever you want and make changes to them whenever you feel like it.

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Want to use Grooveshark like Pandora? Check out Radio mode. After you’ve added songs to be played, just click the Radio button and Grooveshark will begin playing songs based on what you like. Give a song a smiley/frowny face so Grooveshark knows what types of songs to look for.

Create A Profile

If you want Grooveshark to remember your playlists and activity for an extended period of time, create a profile. Creating a profile allows you to keep track of your music library, playlists, and favorites. You and your playlists will also be able to be found in search results, which lets people ‘fan’ you.

Upload Your Own Songs

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If you can’t find a song and want to add your own, you can do that too. Just visit Grooveshark’s upload page and search for songs on your computer to add to your library. Frankly, I haven’t tried this feature yet because I have yet to come up empty-handed when searching Grooveshark, but it’s there if you need it.

Share What You’re Listening To

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Another great feature is the ability to share what you’re listening to with your social networks. When a song is playing, just drag your mouse over the now-playing button and you’ll see a little pop-up window with options to email a link to the song, get a widget of it, or share what you’re listening to on Stumbleupon, Facebook, and Twitter.

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When you make your selection, another pop-up appears that enables you to sign in to your various accounts and broadcast your message for all to see. This lets people discover your musical preferences and it helps Grooveshark get a little recognition.

Also, if you go to the settings page, you can grab RSS feeds for your favorites and recent listens to share with others too.

Grooveshark Mobile

In case you were wondering, you can access Grooveshark on your mobile phone. With support for Palm, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Nokia, you can get Grooveshark mobile on any phone one way or another. For more information about compatibility with your mobile device, check out the phone section on Grooveshark’s mobile website.

Anything Else?

One thing I would like to mention is Grooveshark’s VIP package, which allows you to get rid of ads, test new features before they go live, and get priority support. It’s not free, but if you’re a hardcore Grooveshark user and would like to investigate becoming a VIP, you can find more information here.

As you can see, Grooveshark is capable of a lot, which is why I think it’s currently the best site for streaming music online.

What do you think of Grooveshark? Do you use any other sites for listening to music? Leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below!

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Just1n

The article should note that, although Grooveshark Mobile is available for iPhone, it is not in the official App Store. You’ll have to jailbreak and install it via Cydia.

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Steve Campbell

Good point, Just1n. Apparently they’re waiting for approval on their app so I’m hoping that it will be in the app store sometime soon.

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Simon A

It will never come in app store… They have tried sending the app for approval many times, but apple don’t want a music streaming app it the store. It would take customers away from iTunes.

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Steve Campbell

I doubt that’s the reason. There are plenty of music streaming apps already in the app store, like pandora and muziic.

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Jacque

Just wait on the iPhone. Trust me.

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Rajavelu

hi …how to download the guides…there is no download link..it asks me to sign up..but i’ve done it b4 and still not able to download..can anyone pls help me with it

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Steve Campbell

I don’t know the url off-hand, but a quick way to get there would be to just sign up again. Our system will catch that you’ve signed up already and give you the link to the download page.

For future reference, try asking your questions on our MUO Answers page. It’s by far the quickest and best way to get answers to all of your MUO-related/tech questions.

Hope that helped!

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Steve Campbell

I don’t know the url off-hand, but a quick way to get there would be to just sign up again. Our system will catch that you’ve signed up already and give you the link to the download page.

For future reference, try asking your questions on our MUO Answers page. It’s by far the quickest and best way to get answers to all of your MUO-related/tech questions.

Hope that helped!

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Aibek

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Miss_Tammy

I mostly listen to Slacker Radio because I love their pre-made stations, but I’ll be sure to check this one out!

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Dougalofva

Thanks for introducing me to Grooveshark. I have been using it for the last week. What I like is the ability to either download the entire collection at once or a song at a time. I also like that if I desire to buy the song I can get through iTune or Amazon.