Better Grooveshark UserScript, Adds Features, Removes Ads

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 8, 2011
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

I really like Grooveshark mainly because it does not have IP or country restrictions and that the majority of features can be used without an account. That couples with a vast music library make it one of the best music streaming services on the Internet.

Better Grooveshark is a userscript that adds several features to Grooveshark. Users who open the Grooveshark website after installation will notice the lyrics sidebar that's been placed by the script on the right side of the screen.

Artist name and song title are automatically filled out for every song that is playing in the Grooveshark player. The script checks for matching lyrics on sites when the search button is clicked and it is up to the user to select one of the lyrics repositories to display the lyrics in the interface.

Ads are removed from the Groveshark website by emulating a premium mode. Grooveshark premium users and those running ad-blockers or comparable applications do not need this, everyone else will see no ads on Grooveshark.

The userscript manipulates the page title to display the artist and song title in it. It can also emulate some vip features like scrobbling and the crossfader.

The Better Grooveshark Userscript is available from the official Userscripts website. I have only tested it in Firefox, it may work partially or fully in other browsers as well.

Update: Grooveshark has introduced IP-restrictions to the service which blocks access to the site if you are located in countries such as Germany. See How To Access Grooveshark If It Is Blocked In Your Country on how to get around those limitations in your country.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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