Although Grooveshark is meant to be used as an online music streaming service, if you love listening to the same albums over and over again, you can save a lot of bandwidth if you save those songs to your hard drive instead. And besides, who doesn’t like a big personal collection of songs, readily available anytime and anywhere?
Here are 4 free tools that will help you leech songs from Grooveshark’s servers to your own PC.
SciLor's grooveshark.com Downloader is one of the most easiest to use. Fire up this program and search for your favorite artist or songs to get a list of matches. It is the same list you get when you search for that artist on Grooveshark’s website. Then you select the songs you wish to download and add to the download queue. Clicking on the Download button will start downloading the songs sequentially.
You can configure the directory where the program will download the songs to. It’s also possible to rename the songs by album name, artist name, year etc. in any sequence you wish.
There are other ways to download songs, such as letting the program to retrieve your playlist from your Grooveshark’s account and download songs on the playlist. Another way is to enter a list of keywords to search, and let the program download the results.
If you have no particular artist in mind, you can simply hit the Popular button and see which songs are currently trending, and then download from there.
Groovedown is a another Grooveshark songs downloader with similar functionality. You can search for songs and artist using the search box in the program and get results almost immediately. Then you right click on the songs you want to download and click ‘Add to download list’. When you have made your selection, proceed to download. Groovedown also lets you get the popular songs on Grooveshark.
GrooveJaar is a Java based downloader with a full set of features comparable with regular file sharing software such as the now defunct Limewire. It has a tabbed interface that lets you conduct multiple searches and one-click download buttons – so no wasting time setting up queues. It will also fetch songs from publicly playlists Grooveshark playlists, as well as top songs of the day and the month. GrooveJaar shows full information on all MP3 files such as bitrates, download size, song length and even shows the album cover art. You can also play them without downloading.
GrooveJaar also offers a filtering tool that lets you sort through the search results by title, artist, album name and year. However, its usefulness is limited as it works only if you enter the full name; partial keyword search doesn’t work.
All the three tools above lets you download from Grooveshark without opening the website. But if you prefer going to the website, then Groove Shredder is the tool for you.
Groove Shredder is a Firefox extension that lets you download MP3s from Grooveshark. The download button is integrated right into Grooveshark’s interface and can be accessed by right clicking on any song in the search results or playlist. Groove Shredder also allows concurrent download up to as many files as your internet connection can handle!
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