Grooveshark is an amazing online media player with a vast library that contains music from practically any artist imaginable. Grooveshark works with most any modern browser and seems to be embracing the new HTML5 standard, having been slowly ditching Flash for some time. They’re new interface is an absolute pleasure to work with, and has actually surpassed the Adobe Flex/Air Desktop application currently available to paid subscribers.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn the new Grooveshark into a functional and usable desktop application in a few very easy steps. This tutorial can be effectively used to make an nearly functionally-identical alternative to Grooveshark Desktop or to make the new interface available as a desktop application for subscribers who prefer it. Let’s dig in…
SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m a Grooveshark VIP subscriber, have been since the month VIP came out. Grooveshark memberships come with many additional perks that you’d probably like, so if you’re using Grooveshark a lot, support the developers and subscribe.
Still with me? OK, so to do this you’re going to need Google Chrome. OK, ok, you may not use Google Chrome as your default browser. You may even hate it. But for the purposes of this tutorial you just need it installed, you don’t need to change browsers for this to work. So, if you don’t have Chrome installed, go install it, and then come back here when you’re done. If you have it installed but aren’t using it, go start it now. If you’re already in Chrome, keep reading.
(optional) If you are a paid subscriber, or want to be fair to the developers and artists and see the ads, skip this step. Once you have Chrome installed, you can install a User Script to dynamically remove advertising from Grooveshark pages. To do that, go to the Grooveshark Ad Remover page on userscripts.org from within Chrome and click on the Install button. Chrome will prompt you at the bottom of the window to accept the installation, press Continue to finish the installation.
Next, load Grooveshark in a tab in Google Chrome. Once it’s loaded you may login (if you have an account). Enter the Customize menu in Google Chrome (signified by a wrench to the right of the address bar). Open the Tools menu and click Create application shortcuts….
You can now choose where you would like to make shortcuts to your new application. Leaving these checkboxes at the defaults is perfectly acceptable. Click Create once you’ve made your selections.
After closing the dialogue you’ll notice Grooveshark will pop out into it’s own window, complete with shortcuts in whichever places you selected. You may now close Chrome and launch Grooveshark anytime you want by opening the application from the created icons.
It should be noted this same method will work with most any online application, turning it into an easily accessible desktop application that you can run separately from your browser. Share the applications you’ve taken to the Desktop in the comments below, and be sure to share this tutorial with the music-lovers you know.