We’ve been together for a while now. You’ve introduced me to so many new bands and new tunes. We’ve spent countless hours together – staying up until the wee hours of the morning. We’ve worked together (even when I wasn’t supposed to be streaming at work) and we’ve played together. You’ve been a good friend indeed.
I’m so sorry to tell you this but there’s someone else. I didn’t mean for this to happen but one day while listenting to my favorite podcast ( The Clark Howard Show) I was introduced to someone new and… well, we’ve seeing each other for a little while now. You’ve been great but this new service (new to me, anyway) is called Grooveshark and it does the same thing as you – lets me input a song or artist or songs and it will play me music that it thinks I’ll like based on my selection. But here’s the thing – that’s a secondary function for Grooveshark.
The more impressive feature is that you can literally look up any song and listen to it or play in your customized playlist. Yup. Any song. Any time. Now, of course your cousin’s high school band’s new song (entitled Drinking with Kittens) may not be on there but – get this – you can add it. So not only can you listen to whatever you want whenever you want to and save playlists, you can even add your own collection of eclectic homebrew music or whatever it is you’d like.
Right now I’m listening to a list of favorite Mars Volta songs and it’s taking care of it for me. I don’t own a lot of the Mars Volta collection but it does. Nice.
As if the service wasn’t cool enough, they’re on the verge of releasing their iPhone/iPod Touch app. That’ll be pretty cool, too. Since I have a Touch and not an iPhone, I probably won’t use it a ton but if I’m around the house wanting to listen to music, it will all be at my fingertips. Mowing the lawn will be even more enjoyable now.
So that’s it. Nils hearts Grooveshark. Pandora, you’ve been wonderful but, unless you can change, it’s curtains for you. You’ve been replaced. I’m moving on and so should you.