GF5 Puts Mashable’s Top 5 Social Music Sites to the Test

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If you know me, then you know that I don’t have a lot of patience. I want things to work, and I want them to work now. If stuff doesn’t work when and where I want it to work, I get very angry very quickly.

So, the perfect test of what Mashable called the Top 5 Sites to Build a Playlist was to give each of them a spin during one of the busiest, most stressful hours of my day—the commute home on a bus from Boston, Massachusetts to Nashua, New Hampshire.

Each day, I use my hour-long commutes to and from Boston to get work done. What I want in a music player—what I need, in fact—is something that I can set up quickly and promptly move away from. I’d also like to have something that works just as well on the shared Wi-Fi on my bus as it does on the wired network I use at work, but that’s mostly gravy. Here’s how Mashable’s picks fared

Slacker

Mashable gave big props to these guys, but their site took too long to load on the bus’s Wi-Fi network, and I gave up.

Favtape

Favtape had a nice, clean interface, but I couldn’t figure out how to put a list together, or even how to play an individual song. I gave up. I do think I’ll go back and try again, though. I think I might have just been missing something obvioius.

Blip.fm

This site, first mentioned to me by good friend Leslie Poston, worked right out of the box. It seems like it could be a lot of fun, especially once I start making friends in the community.

8Tracks

I signed up for an account without a problem, began building a list based on songs in their network/library, but then stopped when they told me I’d only be able to listen to 30 second snippets of songs on lists I created. I guess this restriction goes away when you upload songs on your own, but why the fuck would I want to waste time doing that? If I have access to the songs on my computer, why not just play them from my computer? I mean, I guess the idea is all about sharing the playlists (and the 30 second restriction wouldn’t apply to friends listening to lists I created), but don’t make me do so much damn work to create playlists that I can listen to. Just don’t do it.

Grooveshark

Grooveshark was my favorite of the services that I tried. It worked without me having to sign up for anything, allowed me to build playlists out of songs without having to upload them, and, most importantly, it allowed me to queue up a few songs and get back to work.

E. Christopher Clark