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I enjoyed reading this post. It sounds to me that your original Oct.24 post created such a wave that Myspace actually came to you. Well done. I agree that this is bullshit and I would like to join you on the split from Myspace. I am going to look into bandcamp right away, but as you know the more exposure the better, so my question is what are some of the other interfaces beyond Bandcamp that I can look into using? Thanks.

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterThe Broadway Bullies

Thank you for not being tickled by the personal outreach program and staying focused on the important stuff. This was a great read.

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Boland

I think myspace just isn't relevant anymore for an indie musician. Facebook has essentially replaced myspace as far as artist-to-fan interaction goes.

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterSam Bhattacharya

I wrote a quick rant of sorts about how I think Myspace can save itself by transforming into a fan/band communication interface: It will never happen, but I think it's what needs to happen in order for their survival.

September 17 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Epstein

Don't worry, MySpace will change once launches on Feb 23. They'll have to in order to keep up.

September 17 | Unregistered CommenterFanaticFactory

Frickin' awesome. I love the idea.

I've never had a site on myspace for music, but as someone who has used it extensively to discover music, I can't stand it. There are so many better alternatives out there (for musicians and fans alike).

Even with the constant changes over at bandcamp, they're still at the top of the heap in terms of freedom for artists. They make it so damn easy for everyone to listen and share anything they find.

September 17 | Unregistered CommenterMark D

Unfortunately, for Andrew and the rest of us, Myspace is now the DX7 of online music, an 'industry standard' and it will take a while for that to fade. I kept on hearing the infernal DX7 presets for years into the 90s (it was a keyboard, the first 'digital' thing, as advertised) and Myspace is set to continue as the first stop for music business people until other safe homes like the excellent Bandcamp hit the top of Google searches.

But it's relatively easy to get rid of all the features, bar the ad's, and just let it sit there... it's the one Murdoch-owned thing I allow myself outside of watching the Simpsons on the Sky channel. And the country-ruining bastard won't be getting much ad revenue from sites that don't work up their friends lists... as with commercial radio, if the advertisers don't see much return they'll eventually stop buying ad's and Myspace will be left to Mafia Wars and bad hip hop.

September 17 | Registered CommenterTim London

sorry dude...

"Myspace is purely and simply a broadcasting platform that makes money for Rupert Murdoch’s corporation by selling advertising. That’s it. That’s the whole story."

check your facts...

didn't read the entire post -- but you are not even close on the above referenced quote...

MySpace is done and any partnership they have will only damage the other co's brand name...

September 17 | Unregistered Commentertone bloke

Spectacular article, Steve. It's long been my opinion that MySpace has become the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the social networking universe -- a shantytown full of old billboards and crazed killer spam bots. This really added some levity to that.

The only reason I have a page at all anymore is for the SEO. Soon as that well dries up I'm gone.

September 19 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Quandary

... and by Steve I did of course mean Andrew. Jeez.

September 19 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Quandary

Myspace is dead. I tried to set up an account for my new musical project and when I try to log in, it just says over and over "thank you for signing up! Check your email to confirm your account" blah blah blah.... running in circles.

I tried this with another established page I've had up for a long time.... and the same thing happens. I can't change anything, as it assumes I'm "signing up"

Ridiculous. Rot in pieces, myspace.

September 19 | Unregistered CommenterChris Caulder

Great article! When I tried to set up a MySpace, I also experienced the ad overload which was enough blinking stuff to induce epilepsy for my target audience. I wasn't able to figure out how to make it a simple, clear site. So I opted out.

Your analysis makes it delightfully clear what the money trail is and why there is still the stench of exploitation of creative talent for the benefit of large entities. Just another demonstration of the internet's power of transparency and communication. Thanks!

September 19 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Henrion

The only problem I have with bandcamp is that while you can delete your account, from the way the TOS reads, they still have a license to your uploaded content in perpetuity, and this can be sublicensee. It could be an unintentional error on their part, but it definitely needs fixing.

September 20 | Unregistered CommenterMike Akrorian

Myspace can recover if it would change into strictly a site for music. I agree a lot with Michael.

The biggest problem I see with FB is it's ever changing....updates roll on and off your screen if you're not watching it continuously, you miss, plus, it has so much other 'noise' on it you won't see what artist are posting unless you go to each one's page. Then there is not nearly the info or the music there you find on Myspace.

My suggestions for Myspace would be to make it more robust and user friendly. Make it a site for all phases of the music business. Make it genre specific to the point of male and female artist in each Genre. Make it a music, resource, and business site.

Then you have areas where you can find clubs by city and state and how to book them...something on the order of the Indie Bible. Allows you to see feeds of your top 100 artists, etc.

Allow each person to transfer their exact copy/format of their .com/.net sites directly onto Myspace.

And above all allow it to be fan friendly.

Have filters or eliminate all the non-business info. on the site. Does anyone really care about what books or tv shows an artist watches?

On FB the biggest problem I seen is Indie artist seldom respond to what their fans are saying about them. Myspace artist have always been much more responsive.

So, make it load faster...all areas including vids and turn it into a music business site for all.

Take all the good things from all the existing music sites and incorporate them into the New Myspace for all areas of the music business.

October 9 | Unregistered CommenterKSE

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