Here are the pros and cons of GrooveShark and Spotify. On a free Spotify account (USA) you are limited to only 10 hours a month and feature advertisements (banner & audio). Free accounts are invite only (right now) and to listen to music you need to download Spotify to your PC On a free Grooveshark account you can listen to unlimited amounts of music and are exposed to banner ads. You can access it from anywhere – no downloads required.
- Includes many live and obscure tracks that are not available anywhere else.
- Flash based “anywhere” player.
- Apps for iPhone and other platforms (jailbroken only though).
- Available anywhere
- Many tracks are mislabeled. Track names are taken from user uploaded mp3 files.
- Questionable legality. Source of files are user-uploaded. Grooveshark states it has deals in place with some of the labels.
- Dodgy streaming – Tracks playing on GrooveShark drop regularly, whereas Spotify (on the same connection) never does.
- The radio features of Spotify (Artist Radio or Genre / decade) are nowhere near as good as the likes of last.fm
- Extensive music catalog
- Excellent quality of music and tagging of tracks
- Free, depending on country of residence
- Annoying audio ads for free users
- Only available in select countries
- Huge gaping holes in the music catalogue.