Napster was the original product that made sharing and downloading music online cool and accessible, however, as we all know, the RIAA wasn’t exactly as excited as the consumers were about this technology. File sharing services still exist, but a lot of users have shied away from these networks due to fears of being slapped with a lawsuit. In addition to that, even though we are making some progress with eradicating DRM, it’s still out there. Because of this, it’s hard to even wrap your head around a Web-based P2P file sharing network that’s centered around DRM-free music that is legal, but that’s exactly what Grooveshark is.

Not only is it legal to share your music, but you’re also rewarded for doing so! There’s no denying the fact that Grooveshark is about the music, but there’s also a strong social element here. You can create public playlists, join groups, receive recommendations for new music based off of music that you already listen to, and see what others are listening to. The service is in private alpha at this point in time, but if you’d like to see what’s under the hood, go ahead and try to request an account.

[tags]Grooveshark, Napster, RIAA, DRM, P2P, Music, File Sharing, Playlists[/tags]