I stumbled on this music site called Grooveshark accidentally via Smashing Magazine, but I am glad I did. It has a rich user interface with alot to like.
The obviousness of what to do first is the best part. I typed in a song. Ting Ting: That’s Not My Name. It was there right in front of me and then I was listening to music. The whole experience was in Flash, but it didn’t look overfly flashy. I saw the add on the right, but the neat thing was the promo at the bottom.
Very clever and not obtrusive. I wonder how much money they are making off that link. Also, right-clicking was a custom menu which I appreciated as a serial right-clicker.
There were a few downsides to this service. First was the sketchy nature of the songs. Some would play, some hung. I wonder what the legality of this whole thing is. I thought it wasn’t legal to play any song on demand, but clearly they are doing just that. It was neat to see the “cover versions” of those songs.
Additionally, I wish there was more connections like “If you like this song, here is another band you would like.”
Overall, neat service, with some questionable issues. Work a look if you build a Flash/Flex app. Also good if you are looking for some obscure song.