You can basically get Grooveshark Desktop without paying for it, by using two cool features of Chrome!
It’s just using a greasemonkey script, and the Create Application Shortcut. Awesome! Click to find out more.
Assuming you have Chrome (if not, why don’t you!?) you need to download the following greasemonkey script. It’s safe, I’ve checked the source code so it won’t be running any jiggery-pokery on your computer.
That’s great. Now when you visit Grooveshark you won’t have any ads. Sweet! That’s one benefit of the VIP membership we have eliminated. Now what about the second one? Grooveshark Desktop? Basically you want an icon on your desktop that opens up Grooveshark. Independent of your web browser. You don’t want to switch tabs to change your music. But this costs $3 a month?! How dare they! Just do this little trick and you’ll have the Grooveshark Desktop (Chrome Version).
First go to Grooveshark and bask for a moment in your ad-free music player. Then click the “Customize and Control Google Chrome” icon, (wrench). Then click “Create Application Shortcuts”. Leave all settings the same and click OK!
Now if you have a look at your desktop you can find an icon there. Either use that or if you’re running Windows 7, drag it to your task bar.
Your wonderous new media player awaits …
Tik Tok is a kick ass song. Don’t judge.
SUPER UPDATE: Better taskbar functionality
If you’re running Windows 7 like me you may have noticed that if you have Chrome open already and then click on your taskbar icon it just opens up as a new Chrome window (because it has the same AppID I presume) … which means if you want to get access to your new window you have to hover over the Chrome icon to get to it. Now – no longer!
Shift-right-click on your taskbar Chrome shortcut (not the new one you’ve created) and go to properties – then the Compatibility tab – and finally uncheck the “Run this program in compatibility mode for …”. Click OK and that’s it!
Wonderful! Now when you click on the taskbar shortcut to Grooveshark or any other webpage (think Gmail, Todoist, BBC, Twitter, Facebook!) it will open in a unique instance that you can click on directly from the taskbar. Love it!
UPDATE: New icon
I found an icon so that the original one isn’t so pixelated. I’ve uploaded it here in ICO format. Download the icon, save it to My Pictures or some place safe. Shift-rightclick on your Grooveshark taskbar icon and click Properties. Then Change Icon, find the icon you saved – and Ta-Da you have a groovey new Grooveshark icon. Wasn’t that easy!