Timewasters – Grooveshark

By Eric Tweel

Have you ever wondered if there was an easier way than torrenting to get music? One that avoided those annoying emails from the friendly, Kongregate-loving chaps down in the Lair of Information Technology? If so, then Grooveshark.com is your answer. Grooveshark allows users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge. It avoids the labors of the torrent (and the illegality, if anyone cares) and since it’s devoted to music, it’s a major upgrade from getting your music Youtube.

The best thing about this site, like most gems of the internet, is the level of user interaction. All the music is uploaded by users, and sharing the music from Grooveshark via social networks is incredibly easy. Think about it like an egalitarian iTunes – endless hours of music available at your fingertips, except the buyer-seller relationship is replaced with millions of listeners. If you want to take this endless library on the go, you can register for an upgraded membership to stream the music directly to your smartphone. When artists register with Grooveshark, they make royalties from their songs, so it’s not completely unfair.

Of course, since it’s a website which relies on streaming, Grooveshark needs the internet to work, so it isn’t ideal for the broadband-starved areas of our world. But, like everything on the web, if you look hard enough, you’ll find an answer. If you need to download music to your hard drive, you can use Groovedown in combination with Wine (which allows you to run certain Windows applications on Mac). In under an hour, you can build your dream music library

So next time you open iTunes or Youtube for some casual listening, remember there’s also Grooveshark. Swimming with the sharks is hard at first, but you won’t regret it. And remember, dubstep isn’t music.

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