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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this music download site offers an unlimited supply of free MP3 downloads -- legally -- as well as social networking opportunities.
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What's it about?
GROOVESHARK.COM provides access to a huge range of music, with ways to search by artist, song name, genre, and more. You can also save playlists, get recommendations, and share tunes with friends. Founded by three college students "hell-bent on changing the music industry," this site apparently has found ways to supply music through information sharing, advertising, and other methods.
Is it any good?
Music lovers of all ages will rejoice at the breadth and depth of genre and songs here, and the ability to save playlists once and then listen from any computer with Internet access. It would be nice to see some sort of safeguards for younger users when playlists and searches contain music with adult content. Parents may want to keep tabs on younger teens' playlists and set some rules about how playlists can be searched and shared between friends. There's also some controversy about Grooveshark's legality, which has caused a number of record companies to distance themselves from the site (and taking their music with them).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kinds of music rules apply in your family, on- and off-line? What does the music you listen to (and may want to share with friends on your Facebook page via Grooveshark's widget) say about you? Parents, is it okay with your teen if you search for and listen to their playlists -- and is it okay with you, parents, if your teen listens to yours?
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