I first heard about the music site Grooveshark from someone in Brazil via Second Life a couple of months ago. I tried it out and liked it but did not realize until last week that the site was started by a University of Florida student and still operates out of Gainesville. Now, even if you're a Noles fan, you gotta be happy for this guy.
I would say it is something of a cross between streaming radio sites like Pandora and your own personal files like iTunes. You can listen to entire songs without purchase (unlike iTunes) and create and save your own playlists, etc. You can even upload your own tunes. You can then easily share those with friends and see their playlists as well.
Basically, you create your own shareable tunes lists of any music you want. The catch is...the tunes are not downloaded. On the positive side of that, there are no copyright issues as with file sharing sites. The downside is you cannot load them into your mp3 player or iPod.
All in all, a great way to discover and listen to new music -- and share with others!
Their stated goals: "To improve the connection between people and music. To change the music industry in ways they seem so unwilling to consider. To have fun."
Go gators? ...