Here it is, the epic battle between the two largest (correct me if I’m wrong) music streaming services online. I’ve used Spotify a few years now and out of nowhere I managed to stumble upon the music service Grooveshark. So I thought I’d face these two giants in a battle. The review will be divided to a few different categories. Design/Interface, Content, price and using the services on different devices which I will cover in part 2 of this review.
First off is Spotify account generator. I really like its design. It got nice dark colours which makes it comfortable to browse in. At the top we have the search window to find all the songs, artist and albums. To the left the play list panel is located. Here you can quickly access your play lists and create new ones. In the middle we got the song window. It is here all the songs will be presented to you. At the bottom we have the play controls where you can adjust the volume, play, pause and shuffle. Very simple and clean design. Less is more!
Score 8 out of 10
The design is quite similar to Spotify but with less appealing colours. As a matter of fact it looks like a web page coming straight out of the 90’s. Even the text fonts look dull and utterly boring. Grooveshark really needs to work on this.
Score 4 out of 10
The content at Spotify is like a roller coaster. One week you got your play list filled with different songs and the next week some of them has mysteriously vanished. This is due to licenses which Spotify still are having problems with. Don’t get me wrong it still got a huge library but sometimes I wish it had more especially if you compare it to Grooveshark
Score 7 out of 10
It’s here Grooveshark really shines with its huge collection of music. I listen to a music style called Psytrance. It can be really hard finding music in this genre but Grooveshark surprised me a lot when I found out it had old classic psy tracks from the 90’s that was impossible to find at Spotify. I spoke with my friend who’s really into the band Tool. He said that not a single song were present at Spotify. I made a search on Grooveshark and the result? See the picture down below.
Score 9 out of 10
I made a list of some odd songs that might be a bit tricky to find on the services. Here are the result comparing them two.
Total Eclipse – Transparent mind2. The Delta – Travelling at the speed of thought3. Laser Dance – Brain Mission4. Dance 2 Trance – Power of american natives5. UX – Master of the universe
Spotify found track 2,3 and 4.Grooveshark found all of them
Spotify has 3 account types. There’s Premium which lets you play for unlimited amount time. No ads will be shown. Offline play lists and you can use the service on different devices. This costs 9.99$. But in Sweden we pay 99 SEK which is 14$. The unlimited account lets you play unlimited amount time and no ads. The price 4.99@ or 49 SEK. The third and final account is the free one. You will only be able to play for 10 hours a month with this account. You can only play a song 5 times and there are ads.