Grooveshark continues its innovation streak with the launch of Broadcast, a new feature that turns any user into an online DJ. Grooveshark's Broadcast is much more than another playlist app. I addition to choosing songs and order without the usual shuffle option that can wreck a well chosen mix, there's a record button for Broadcast DJ's to add commentary.
Grooveshark Broadcast also offers chat to engage with the DJ and other listeners, along with the usual social options, and thumbs up/down buttons, presumably to provide feedback for the DJ. Listeners can also publicly "Suggest" songs which others can vote up or down.
Writing about or listening to Grooveshark is always accompanied by a moral dilemma.
On the one hand, they're innovating quickly and in ways that others music streamers should pay attention to. On the other, they're operating in very questionable legal territory when it comes to proper licenses and rightsholder compensation. Most of the major labels are suing them, and their apps have been kicked off iTunes,Google's Android store and Facebook. Grooveshark also instigated a lawsuit that could be classified as harassment of the press against Digital Music News.
I just spent an hour enjoying one early user's Indie Folk station. Their musical taste suited my current mood perfectly (sorry, Songza), and I discovered artists like Alex Clare and listener suggested Wake! Owl. This DJ had used the platform well.
But there was also a station that played all Green Day all the time. Fine, if you love Green Day, but clearly breaking U.S. laws that Pandora and others operate under that limit the number of songs from a single album and artist that can be played in a broadcast stream hour
Check Out Grooveshark's Broadcast & Tell Us What You Think
Grooveshark Broadcast is now in preview for a couple of days (listen here), before opening to all later in the week.