N900 reader response; Grooveshark streaming music site
I wrote about the streaming music sites that I tested on the Nokia N900 and then a reader asked me to try out a site I never heard of called Grooveshark. I went to the site, created a free account, and then tried to play some music. I discovered that the Grooveshark site required a lot of resources and took some time to connect initially. I also discovered that it loaded much faster after I had my account all created and setup after the first startup of the program. However, I was immediately impressed with the layout of the site as it seemed to optimized for the browser display on the N900. On the right side is a small area for ads and if you sign up for a VIP account and pay $3/month you can have these ads hidden from view.
The interface works well on the N900 and songs play very well with no skipping or buffering, even on a bit slower than 3G connection. It took me a bit of time to go through the various levels (artists, songs, specific song), but it looks like you can setup playlists on the web and then have those played right from the N900.
As I said, the site is a bit resource heavy and when using some of the small vertical scroll bars I noticed considerable delays in the site. Grooveshark looks like a good alternative, but so far I still find Last.fm to be easier to setup a song and have the service push songs to me to enjoy.