Grooveshark

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Introduction to Grooveshark

Grooveshark is an internationally available online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application, allowing users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist.

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Generation of Grooveshark

Grooveshark’s generation is from the idea of three University of Florida undergraduate students who wanted to sell used CDs to the digital realm. Its initial business model was that users can make money from selling used music online. However, afterward, this model has been abandoned in favor of music streaming rather than sales.

Grooveshark's name

The original development codename for Grooveshark was "Blue Shark." This was actually based on a classic Ubuntu Linux naming scheme that pairs an adjective with an animal to create a release code name. The shark is our CEO Sam's spirit animal.

When it came time to finalize a release name for Grooveshark, the employees could not help but fixate on the code name they had been using for so long. Groove eventually replaced Blue to create the name we all know and love today: Grooveshark.

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How does Grooveshark make money?

Artist promotions, user subscriptions to Grooveshark Plus or Anywhere, advertisements seen by users who don't subscribe to one of the premium accounts, and the merchandise store consist the main revenue of Grooveshark.

Current Data

Grooveshark streams 100 to 110 million songs per month. In April 2009, its audience grew at a rate of 2–3% per day. On the 9th Of May 2011, the Grooveshark team did a countdown to 35,000,000 registered users. It was live streamed on Ustream.tv.

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Development

Grooveshark is a service of Escape Media Group Inc (EMG), a Gainesville, FL company.EMG was founded in March 2006 by three University of Florida undergrad students.Sam Tarantino, a "down-on-his-luck economics major", and now CEO of Grooveshark, was on his way to donate plasma when he passed a record store with a sign that said "buy/sell/trade CDs",and had the idea to apply that to digital music.

Grooveshark launched in private beta in early 2007, and was initially a paid music download service.The music was sourced from their proprietary P2P network, facilitated by a downloadable client application.Grooveshark offered a unique purchase model whereby upon purchase, the person who uploaded the transacted song was paid a portion of the total cost of the song. Grooveshark positioned itself as a legal competitor to other popular P2P networks like LimeWire.

As of 2008[update], EMG has discontinued their paid download service and has repositioned itself as an online music jukebox, similar in functionality to services like Pandora and Last.fm.

On October 27, 2009, Grooveshark introduced a new user interface, which provides a look similar to iTunes. Also, users were now able to skip forward and backward to any point in a song.

In 2010, Grooveshark was noted by Time Magazine as one of the 50 best websites of 2010.

On December 2, 2010, Grooveshark released their HTML and JavaScript version of the site as the default user interface. The site uses an invisible Adobe Flash component to stream music and work around cross-domain restrictions.

As of March 2011[update], EMG employed around 80 people, many of whom were students of the nearby University of Florida,and had secured just under $1 million in seed funding in 2009.

On March 23, 2011, Grooveshark announced a partnership with Pushbutton, an interactive design agency to bring Grooveshark apps to different platforms including Microsoft Mediaroom.

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Features

Where does Grooveshark's music come from?

Grooveshark is an online service that rewards you for sharing, reviewing, and discovering new music. Users can upload their favorite music to the website, and also can download music from it. Therefore, almost all of the music on Grooveshark is uploaded by users; and after that, you can get access the music library on Grooveshark anywhere in the world.

How can users share music in Grooveshark?

It is quite easy to share any music you find on Grooveshark. First, open the options menu by clicking the button marked with a gear. Then, add the song to a playlist, share the song, buy the song, or flag the song. Once you open the 'Share Song' menu, choose which medium you'd like to share the song through.

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You can also share songs the song that you're currently playing by clicking on the options menu -- which is located in the song icon, and marked by a gear -- and then selecting share song:

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Share music from Grooveshark via Twitter/Stumbleupon/Email

Grooveshark has been partner with a couple of most popular websites: Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon. Grooveshark encourages users to share their music with anyone all over the world.

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Discovering Music on Grooveshark

As we known, Grooveshark is a great way and a powerful search engine to find music you already know and love; but Gooveshark also makes discovering new music quite easier.

Using Grooveshark Radio, users can tither pick a pre-made station based on their favorite musical genre by clicking on ‘Radio’, then ‘Load Station’, then select their favorite genre. They can also make recommendation system generate a radio station that matches the music that they put in their queue by clicking the ‘Radio’ button.

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Grooveshark is also a huge community, which allows users to find friends or invite their friends to share their favorite music. Its new community feature allows them to see what songs their friends have been listening to lately, and play any of their favorite songs and albums by just clicking their mouse. Grooveshark is not just a music search engine, but also a great platform for people to talk and know each other, of course based on music communication.

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How does it work?

This video will talk about how the Grooveshark works and some basic features and what members will get with a VIP membership. See below:

Join the Grooveshark Artists

The most different feature between Grooveshark and other music application is Grooveshark Artists. Joining Grooveshark Artists, users can largely benefit from it.

First of all, by signing up for an account users are digitally signing a Master's Rights Agreement, an agreement that guarantees royalty payments based on how often your music is streamed on Grooveshark.

Having a Grooveshark account, users control all of their content and can add and remove it at will.

The analytics Grooveshark provides to artists are invaluable. It provides users with a detailed analysis of their current audience, from the typical A/S/L to listening habits. Demographic stats are broken down into charming bar and pie graphs for their convenience. This information can be used to their advantage when creating electronic press kits, booking tours, and more.

Finally, Grooveshark's Radio Campaigns are an incredibly powerful tool that helps increase users airplay and expand their fanbase as organically as possible.

Grooveshark Mobile

Grooveshark Mobile is currently available for: Android phones running version 1.5 or later (the app works much better on more recent versions of the OS!), a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, and 6MB of available space.

Palm's WebOS phones with 3G or WiFi connection and 7MB of available space.

Jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch-es with iOS 3.0 or later (though the app works much better with the newest OS!), a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, and available 10MB of available space.

BlackBerry phones (which exclude the Storm and Storm II), running OS 5.0 or later, with a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, and 1.2MB of available space.

Symbian (Nokia) devices with S60 3rd Edition (Feature Packs 1 & 2) and Symbian S60 5th Edition, a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, and 2MB of available space.

Conclusion

Grooveshark has become one of the powerful research tools, allowing users to share their music, upload their own songs with rewards and have them all stored online so that they can get access their music library at any time from any place. Additionally, there are also many collaborative elements that enable users to easily share their favorite music with their friends, communicate opinions about specific songs or album with them too. Grooveshark is also a huge community for users to make and know friends. Grooveshark clearly has potential for both business and personal applications. Different from other free web 2.0 tools, it enables users to enjoy free music and also to make money from it. This characteristic greatly increases its chances of being a mainstream music searching and sharing resource.

Reference

http://grooveshark.com/

http://help.grooveshark.com/

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http://help.grooveshark.com/customer/portal/articles/2124-how-does-grooveshark-make-money-

http://help.grooveshark.com/customer/portal/articles/2195-how-do-i-share-songs-from-grooveshark-via-twitter-stumbleupon-email-

http://help.grooveshark.com/customer/portal/articles/2239-what-phones-is-grooveshark-mobile-available-for-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grooveshark

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