Music Streaming Wars: Top 8 Contenders

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Grooveshark

Background: In early 2011, Grooveshark's mobile app was pulled by Google and Apple, hampering any potential on mobile. After halving its staff to around 60 and enduring lawsuits from all four major record labels, the start-up is just beginning to regain its footing.

Specs: Grooveshark's redesigned free Web app focuses more on recommendations and social profiles. Drag-and-drop is possible, ads are all but nonexistent, and listeners can build playlists from previously streamed tracks. A premium, no-ads version goes for $9 per month or $90 per year.

Is it working? Not really. Co-founder and CEO Sam Tarantinotold Mashable he's broke and is trying to lower his rent. Grooveshark's user numbers are back around 30 million and its HTML5 player now has 3 million monthly users, with 200,000 new users joining every month.