There are plenty of free music streaming services online but one service sticks out from all the rest. Grooveshark is a free online music streaming service without any catches. Search for the latest hits or navigate your way through various featured artists and bands. Grooveshark has a vast collection of music from every genre and has a large online presence.
As a user you can simply search for an artist, band, song, album or genre and find what you’re looking for in seconds. Once you’ve found the song, you can stream it without paying a penny. Radio streaming is also available to users which is categorized by the music you already listen too.
When mentioning a “free” services various questions usually come up, so I thought I’d go through them.
Is it truly free?
Grooveshark is simply free! However, there is a premium subscription which removes all ads from their site. You can upload your music, create your own playlists and listen to millions of songs for free. Also as an artist you can do the same, while exposing your music to a vast audience.
So the question is, how does it work?
Well GrooveShark is fairly unique. The streamed music is user-submitted. This means users upload MP3 music files and can easily be streamed/played by anyone on the site. This is a perfect platform for new artists that are trying to find some exposure online. Grooveshark features new and rising artists on their homepage for an instant spotlight on their work. As a user, you can upload music, create playlists, listen to the radio, create communities and obviously you can stream music.
Is there a Grooveshark App?
The simple answer is – yes. Grooveshark does offer an app for iPhones, Androids, Blackberry, Palms, and Nokia phones. However, it isn’t available through the Apple App Store , Google Play Store or Blackberry App World. You can only download the app directly from their site which you can check out here.
Unfortunately Grooveshark can only be downloaded from Cydia on your jailbroken iOS device for the full Grooveshark experience. If you don’t have a jailbroken iOS device you can visit this site here – html5.grooveshark.com and be able to enjoy the music streaming service.
Why type of Subscriptions are Available?
There are only two types of subscriptions that are available for members: FREE and Grooveshark Anywhere. The free subscription includes advertising on the side and top of the site which fairly tolerable.
There is also Grooveshark Anywhere which is the premium subscription offered by the music streaming service. With this premium subscription, members will experience unlimited music streaming that is absolutely ad-free. Grooveshark Anywhere costs $9 a month or $90 a year.
If your interested in purchasing a subscription to Grooveshark Anywhere you can email VIP customer service here and ask them for a month of the premium subscription for free!
Is it legal?
I emailed the Grooveshark customer service team and asked them about the legal aspect of music streaming on there site and received this response:
“All content on Grooveshark is ingested either through licensing agreements we have in place with labels/distributors, or by an artist, label or user account that claims the appropriate rights to upload those sound files to our servers. Grooveshark is a legal, DMCA-compliant service.“
How would you sum up Grooveshark?
I could sum up Grooveshark in few sentences but I thought the video below would explain it better in 20 seconds.
In my opinion Grooveshark is the best online music streaming service on the web and the fact that is free is just the cherry on top. So start listening to millions of songs instantly on your desktop computers, mobile devices or tablets.