Best Internet Music, pt. 3: Grooveshark, AccuRadio, Last.fm

Best Internet Music, pt. 3: Grooveshark, AccuRadio, Last.fm

Laura E. Hall
May 10, 2011

This week we continue our discussion (Part 1, Part 2) of the merits and downsides of online streaming music and radio services with a look at Grooveshark, AccuRadio and Last.fm.

Grooveshark

Grooveshark is an international streaming service that allows users to stream music and build playlists from its library of 50 to 60 million songs or by uploading their own files. Recently positioned itself as an "internet jukebox" similar to Pandora or Last.fm, though users can select and listen to any point in a song, and it also provides recommendations.

Current number of subscribers is 10,000,000 as of May 2011.

Pros: Unplggd user h- to the -eather is a fan, saying, "i totally dig grooveshark.com[.] 
select the music you want. free. ad-free. create your own radio stations based off of a song, or listen to one of their channels. 
perfection." User algarcia says, "I paid for the yearly subscription and now I have access to my music not only at home but at work and my mobile devices. On the iPhone and Android I can make playlist available offline and works great. . ."

Cons: User algarcia added that "the sound quality is not as good as in Spotify, or at least [he] perceive[s] it that way."

AccuRadio

AccuRadio is a straightforward internet radio station, with over 500 channels of rock, pop, jazz, classical, oldies, country, urban, Latin, vocals and world music.

Pros: User lreit said, "I like accuradio.com - it doesn't work quite the same way as pandora, but there is a huge mix of genres, sub-genres, sub-sub-genres so it really is just as customizable. It's especially great for Christmas music. And, there's an app!"

Cons: Being a radio station sets it a bit apart from some of the other offerings in this internet music series; its most similar neighbors are Live365 and Soma.fm. But what it does do, it does well.

Last.fm

Last.fm is a music site based out of the UK, and slisten to its 7 million tracks is free in the US, UK and Germany. Last.fm is unique in that users may utilize its "audioscrobbler", which collects information about the music they listen to via file or internet music player (including Rdio and Spotify), displays the user's song list on a profile page, and makes recommendations.

Pros: Interesting social component with the public profile to display everything you listen to. Available on XBox 360.
Cons: Previously offered radio play based on personal tags applied by users, though this was revoked in November 2010. Current radio play is based on unmoderated, community-applied tags, which can mean a lot of variation in radio content.

Thank you to everyone who commented to let us know about their favorite music listening services. Check out Part 1: MOG, Spotify, Pandora and Part 2: Rdio, Slacker, Rhapsody.

Have we missed one? Share it in the comments along with why you're a fan. We'll conclude our look at services next week with Designers.MX and Stereomood, by request. Stay tuned!

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