A few months ago, I was a faithful Pandora listener. I had my favorite stations, and I had given enough songs the thumbs up (or thumbs down) that my stations were perfectly suited to my musical tastes. I kept track of the new musicians I discovered while listening… but sometimes I’d get frustrated that the same 2 or 3 songs from that artist would play over and over again without any new discoveries being sent my way. Eventually, some of my stations started sounding too redundant, and I got a little bored.
Then… Nick’s cousin told me about Grooveshark. And I cheated on Pandora.
Basically, Grooveshark is an online music search engine, where you can stream music for free, with no limit on how often you can listen before having to pay a monthly or annual fee, and there are no ads thrown in between your songs (take that, Pandora). You can search for an artist and choose to listen to everything by that artist in the database, or narrow your search to just a particular album… and then listen to the whole thing. FOR FREE.
There is no iPhone app for Grooveshark yet (apparently Apple pulled the app they released over the summer), but I listen to Grooveshark constantly while I’m working at my computer. It’s an awesome way to test out a new album before I may want to buy it, rather than being restricted to just the songs that Pandora chooses for me or the 30 second snippets that iTunes allows me to sample before buying a song. You can also go back and listen to a song as many times as you want (unlike Pandora). I’m picky about my music, and I’m also on a tight budget, so I like to make sure an album isn’t sucktastic before I buy it, ya know?
I don’t know how long Grooveshark will realistically be around, given that it has already seen a few copyright infringement lawsuits, but as long as it’s online, I’ll be listening. And in case you were wondering, I haven’t given up on Pandora for good — I still like a good mix some days — but Grooveshark now holds a more special place in my heart.
I have not received any kickbacks for writing this glowing review, nor was I asked by anyone at Grooveshark to do so. I just think it’s so flippin’ awesome that I had to share.