GrooveShark: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
June 16, 2008 3 Comments
I found Grooveshark via following Derek’s Twitter. I was a Pandora addict, but I had two big complaints about Pandora:
- Repeating/Duped content (Grooveshark is still guilty of this one)
- Not what I want to hear, right at that moment
- Attractive UI. Very pretty UI. I have a lot of mixed feelings on the site’s usability. That doesn’t mean it isn’t pretty:
- Really cool multiple selection and drag.
- Is it legal? First question almost all of my friends (5-7) that I shared the site with… I still don’t know.
- How do I use it? There’s no real clear call to action for what a user is supposed to do. “Listen to any song in the world for free” isn’t really a clear call to action. It doesn’t let the user know to search, especially when it’s a nonstandard form element. A few of the users I saw with this just clicked the search button.
- Style Difference between listen.grooveshark.com and the ‘beta’/other site. Listen.grooveshark is the only site I use regularly. Until the other site is as fluid as listen.grooveshark, I’ll stick with it.
- Dupes. Painful amount of duplicates for popular music. Which one do I listen to?
- Sharing playlists. Not easy enough. Not seamless enough. I still don’t really know how to do it. I had to give my girlfriend my login/password so she could make me some playlists. That’s not good enough.
- Annoying download popup on every login. Enough already! I just want to listen to music.
- Sometimes music just doesn’t play.
Can we have a fault tolerance where if the song doesn’t load in X seconds, go to the next one in the queue?
Overall: I use Grooveshark daily. I recommend it to my friends.