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Happy ‘Quit MySpace Day’!

This day was declared by blogger, Andrew Dubber of New Music Strategies. I can’t believe I missed this one last year. We have been discussing MySpace and its everlasting decline in value as we plan for a greater music tool for the musicians and their fans that follow. This day was estabolished to get artists to boycott the music site for it’s terrible response to the demands of the people running the show [the users]. Read the whole article here.

MySpace Doesn’t Work on Google Chrome

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With the increasingly easy functionality of Google’s Chrome web browser it is becoming a very popular tool on most computers for internet usage. I’ve currently been using Chrome as my main internet browser but have had some problems with certain site’s layouts. Chrome’s intricate code restrictions have been leaving some site’s buttons covered by photots or videos that would have normally laid out in a different area on the page.

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Now I understand if someone running a blog out of their home, doing their own coding, with very little background on the development process wouldn’t really be too concerned with an issue like this. Recently I have been going through all of our artists on our Music Without Labels site and going through all their content which in most cases happens to be MySpace. Using Chrome, I’ve come to realize that MySpace is one of these sites being restricted by a faulty code that Google’s browser refuses to accept, causing the header photo of each band to cover their music player. Now wait a minute!!! You would think by now a company like MySpace would have figured this out.

By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Myspace: Still No Moves

According to TechCrunch Europe, Myspace visits have declined 50% over the past 6 months from 10 million to 5 million. Now they are laying off workers in their London office. Obviously everyone who isn’t using MySpace saw this coming. I mean, come on here.

I’ve just been recently been looking at our Music Without Labels artist’s music and most of them are still using Myspace. A few months ago we had a post on The Music Lab Blog relating to MySpace’s current flaws in their site. One of the main things that was holding them down and is today, was the fact that they allow HTML to be added to the comments on artists pages. This means as fan or artist, you can post comments with videos or songs on them that play automatically when the page loads. So it’s a complete turn off for a fan to go onto your Artist Profile and here someone else’s music playing over top of or before they can select one of your songs.

It is things like these that have been complained about for the past year, and they are still wasting their time on buying other companies to save their ass. Here’s an idea. Listen to the people who use your site and give you the numbers to stay alive. That is the start to having a successful business. Stop looking for a savior and focus on your site and the people you surprisingly still have.

By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

GarageBand.com Takes A Dive

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.

Dear [user],

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.

Sincerely,

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

Social Interaction Online Right Now is Still a Baby

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First came Myspace – Nothing more than a glorified account profile complete with videos, music, pictures, blogs, messages, comments, and more. Then came Facebook with most of the same features, plus a higher level of social interaction with live updates and chat options.

Though Facebook’s level of social interaction is higher than myspace’s, and though that is probably the reason why Facebook eventually came out on top, even Facebook’s level of social interaction is still very simple for the time being.

It’s safe to say the web is in the infancy stages of figuring out the extent of social interaction online. Sure Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with friends, but is the level of interaction they offer good for much else?

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Myspace: Don’t Waste Your Time!

MusicWithoutLabels believes that any social networking platform, if used properly and maintained proficiently, can be used to effectively promote a brand, a band, a business, etc. Studies have shown social media platforms can increase brand recognition, promote constructive criticism, and create exposure. These platforms also allow the user to create an intimate, more personal connection with fans and new listeners. Facebook, at the moment, is creating the most buzz and will hold that crown for the immediate future. As with all technology, fads come, Twitter, and they go, Myspace.

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