I waited quite awhile to blog about Grooveshark’s update to their survey system.
First a quick recap. Grooveshark lets you take surveys to earn points toward a “free” month of their premium services. These services remove ads from your experience at the site or allow you to use Grooveshark on your mobile device to stream virtually any song at any time.
Here is how the survey service worked when it was first launched with paartner Clear Voice https://jasonfleming73.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/earning-points-toward-a-grooveshark-subscription/
Then Grooveshark split with ClearVoice and brought the survey system into the site so that every survey looks and behaves the same.
Which is great from a Usability perspective. This is The Good part of the change.
I’ve been taking these surveys for over a month now and they work quite well. Previously you could tell pretty much which company was trying to get your opinion. But, these new surveys are pretty generic and seemed built to compile a database of your activities and who you are. I’m not sure who is paying Grooveshark to acquire this information or why. But that isn’t even really the bad thing.
*This* is the Bad thing
I can’t earn enough points to get the premium service I want with the number of surveys they give you to fill out. It is like the well isn’t deep enough to get enough water to drink from. I’m not really sure what to do at this point. I’m guessing that this isn’t going to end up working for them as a business model and they will disband it.
But I certainly hope not. I really enjoy earning a service on the web without paying money for it. So I’ll keep at it for awhile until I start forgetting to look for a new survey or care when I am notified that one is available.