Grooveshark launches dramatically altered website

Grooveshark has launched its drastically revamped site, which has been several months in the making.

In a blog post, it was announced that the new version of the site would see more emphasis placed upon social features, the discovery of new music and the requirements of artists.

In terms of the service's enhanced social experience, users can now spy on friends' music choices in real time, as well as getting suggestions based on their musical preferences. You can also now post updates and share songs and playlists on other social media platforms.

The changed homepage is central to the new experience Grooveshark intends to provide. It is described by the site as "the perfect launching spot for your evolving taste in music" because it is tailored to individual tastes - developing as you listen to a wider variety of artists.

The search box of old has been replaced with recommendations based upon your previous activities, though if you're not logged in, you will find a selection of the site's most popular music.

However, music fans are not the only people Grooveshark wants to target. Artists signed up to the service will gain access to the all-new Artists' Dashboard, which has the ability to monitor how often individual fans listen to certain songs, and what they actually think of an artist's music.

It remains to be seen whether Grooveshark can catch up with alternate music services like Spotify, which benefits from its deep affiliation with Facebook.