Grooveshark – Free Legal Online Music

Will Mueller 24-05-2008

Grooveshark - Free Legal Online Music groovesharklogomainThere are numerous different free streaming music websites on the internet these days, yet not many of them are any good. I recently found Grooveshark, a free, legal online music streaming website, that is largely defined by its large user community.
It is, as well, becoming a hassle to even find good websites that offer music streaming for free, as they commonly have downsides that range from corrupt links to having a terrible user interface. Fortunately Grooveshark is awesome in all these fields.


Grooveshark has two different sections to its website. One regular section of the site (which I will be talking about here) and another feature called “Grooveshark Lite” that is new and is more of a web based streaming service.
Anyway, to use Grooveshark at first, you’ll need an account. Due to their safe user-centered site, as well as their BETA status, you will need to register and wait for a reply by one of their employees, but it doesn’t take long. Once you are in, you have to download their small application – only 771KB – that allows you to actually play the songs, as well as download and upload music.

Playlist on GroovesharkYou can then search for a song using the search bar at the top right. You will get options for “Artists,” “Albums,” “Songs,” “Users,” or “Playlists.” You of course can listen to the song by clicking on the “Listen” or “Save to Playlist.” Grooveshark as well offers downloads for $.49-$.99, which is extremely neat considering the other features of Grooveshark that allow users to upload music to the site and get paid!

To do this, all you need to do is go to “Sharkbyte” on your local computer and select the “Library” tab. Then add a folder on your computer that has music, to the application, and select “Apply.”

Later, the Grooveshark algorithm will decide who makes the money when someone downloads the songs as there are numerous songs that are the same out there. (The only formats currently available for upload are: M4A, MP3, OGG, and FLAC.)

As you grow your playlists, you can share them with others while simultaneously growing the number of friends you have. All of which can be done by searching for users, finding their friends, finding the creator of a certain playlist, etc. Other community-wide features include the option to subscribe to playlists, message people, find fans of a certain song or artist, etc.


A Grooveshark Playlist

A recently added feature includes the option to allow Grooveshark to create a playlist for you, if you feel too much at a loss of energy to click. You simply select the songs you want that are already in your library and then click “Create Mix.” Grooveshark will then find 50 songs similar to it and create a playlist for you.

Grooveshark ends up being definitely one of the top websites out there and most certainly gives an example as to what should be in the online music world.

Related topics: Media Player, MP3.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    No other website can compare to or replace! I am requesting that be resurrected! The music industry should bring you back!

    Best Wishes,
    Your Groovesharker Fan,

    Ms. Wesbrooks

  2. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I miss you there is nothing on-line that is the same I can't get my playlists up all that comes up is that black good bye sign. i've been with you for a few years username was ScorpioDog.

  3. matt
    April 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm


  4. Matt
    August 21, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Quite cool website! Anyway, many other websites are currently providing huge free and legal music on demand catalogues! My favourite one right now is ! Very nice design!

  5. ben
    May 27, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the nice write-up, Will! Your kind words make all of us here at Grooveshark collectively blush.

    Right now we're working on making music recommendations as right-on as possible, so features like the auto-making of playlists for you should get even better. Let me know if you guys have any thoughts or requests--I'm here to help: .

    Thanks again, Will. If there's ever anything I can do to help, hit me up!


  6. mikey
    May 26, 2008 at 1:42 am

    for free. weezer's amazing new video if ya' haven't seen it yet:

  7. Karl L. Gechlik |
    May 25, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I am going to check this out! Thanks Will.

  8. Adi
    May 25, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Is imeem illegal, just wondering...

  9. mark
    May 24, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Sounds good!

    • jennie
      May 12, 2015 at 8:08 am

      the sound is excellent