Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
Grooveshark Website Poster Image
Popular with kids
User-sourced music-sharing site is fun, fast, and free.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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Positive Messages

Some ads contain mild sexual content (girls in T-shirts and underwear, movie stars with the question: "Who made the sexiest music video?")


Giant banner ads as well as those blinking "You're the 1,000 person! You win a prize if you click here!" Also, a Grooveshark store that sells everything from T-shirts and baby onesies to ladies thong underwear.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTonyD 1 October 10, 2015


Isn't this the Grooveshark that closed this year? :0(
Parent of a 11 and 14-year-old Written byrmp November 5, 2010

Inappropriate product placement and suggestive advertisting

First log-in - Huge Victoria's Secret Underwear ad - this is not what I was expecting and is not a positive message to teens.
Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2015

Listen to it all the time

Just fine but it has ads
Kid, 9 years old December 18, 2014

Kinda bad for a 9 year old

When I went on Grooveshark, I saw ads that was offering Vodka and Wine. I tried to report the wine ad and it didn't work. Trust me. It's not for child... Continue reading

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?

Website details

  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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