Update: Grooveshark shut down. The extension is no longer working because of it which is why we have removed the link from this article.
If you are not using one of the desktop applications that can tune into Grooveshark's vast music database you are stuck with the web interface which can in some situations become quite bothersome. Most users run Grooveshark in a tab in the browser. If they want to stop the music or change the type of music that is played they need to do that on the Grooveshark tab.
SharkZapper for Google Chrome changes as it provides remote control functionality for the music streaming service. While it does not change the fact that Grooveshark needs to be open in a tab in the background, it offers direct access to much needed controls.
The extension places an icon in the Chrome address bar that expands on a click. The interface displays the song that is currently playing along with cover art if available.
Controls allow to mute the song, change the volume, pause it or load the previous or next song. Users who are logged in can furthermore rate the song (smile or frown) and add it to their music or favorites.
A search is available as well to quickly search for songs on Grooveshark. The search activates the Grooveshark window that displays the search results from where the songs can be played or added to playlists.
A mouse over on the extension icon displays the artist and song that is currently playing on Grooveshark.
Options are available to change the behavior of the extension slightly. It is for instance possible to activate notifications on song change, or to remove the album art from the remote control window.
SharkZapper is available for direct installation on the Chrome extension gallery. The remote has been designed for Grooveshark's HTML-based interface.
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