The Hype Machine and Grooveshark
The Hype Machine and Grooveshark are two websites that are allowing people to both explore new music and listen to music that they like…for free. After months of dealing with Pandora’s commercials and randomness, it was a welcome reprieve to find these two sites which are both VERY addicting.
The Hype machine is a site that trolls “very hip” music blogs and makes the popular music available for you to listen to. You can “heart” a song that you like to make your own playlist, and then direct your friends to that site so that you can get the street cred for being a music guru (a.k.a, what I’m doing right now.) It is VERY easy to navigate and while it tends to post a lot of re-mixes, you can find most anything there.
Grooveshark is a site that allows you to search for ANY song or artist, and then just listen to them. Lost your CD collection and still want to hear a Belle and Sebastian album all the way through? No problem, just search for the band, find the album, and then add all the desired songs to your playlist.
One of the best perks is that if you leave the site or shut down you computer, your playlists don’t disappear! Now neither site has EVERY band in the know musical universe, however there isn’t a whole lot you can’t listen to between the two sites. Check out my playlist at The Hype Machine, press shuffle and let me know what you think!