This morning, GrageBand.com users were informed via email of the discontinuation of the site, effective on July 15th 2010. Being a Myspace powered company along with iLike, the sites current users will be able to transfer their GarageBand accounts over to iLike. On a funnier note; people are still able to sign up for GarageBand. (Makes Sense) Here is the email that was sent to the users concerning this motion.
It’s been over ten years since we started helping discover independent music on the ol’ interwebs. Things have changed a lot since then. Most of those changes have been good and some of them have been bad. Some changes are just bitter-sweet.
It’s with this bitter-sweetness that we are announcing today that Garageband.com will be discontinued as of July 15th, 2010.
The landscape of how music is discovered and delivered has changed drastically over the last decade and we are proud to have been a huge part of that change — first with Garageband.com and then with iLike.com and beyond. Sadly, that landscape will not include Garageband.com anymore.
Link your account to iLike: (action required)
If you want to continue to make your music available for streaming or download on iLike.com and the iLike application on Facebook, please go to iLike.com and login with your Garageband username and password by July 15th, 2010. This will automatically link your account to iLike so we can port your music, profile photo, and biography to iLike.com.
Finally, if you have recently made a purchase on Garageband.com and would like a refund, please email refunds@iLike-inc.com to request a refund. Valid refund requests must be received no later than July 31st, 2010.
The Garageband and iLike team
I believe this to be a start to a long chain of foldings for Myspace. They have been on a quick decline in the online community for the past 2 years now with the power of Facebook and Google flooding the internet. Cutting costs will be a big thing for the future of Myspace as they struggle to focus on the right paths to bring success once again. It will be interesting how long iLike can hold on with the huge advancements in online music streaming and promotion. They are really going to lose it when BeatPlay.com is released.
By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC