Myspace Was Better Than Facebook (For Music)

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Skrillex built a fanbase on Myspace
With Facebook's stock and growth rates skydiving, it's time to say something that should have been said a long time ago: Myspace was better. Maybe not when it came to its coding or those garish "personalized" pages, but definitely when it came to music.

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Back in the day -- say, about 2004 or so -- an artist's Myspace page was an interactive business card, a piece of free ad space upon which bands built brands. One click, and you could find everything: tour dates, photos, bios, videos, blog entries, and most importantly, streamed music. Now? Folks interested in a one-stop shop of information about a band really have no idea where to turn first.

You might be able to find out what you need to know after perusing an artist's Twitter, YouTube, tumblr, Facebook, Bandcamp and their personal website, but since Myspace's decline, there's no centralized social media hub for fans to hang out on.

For starters, Myspace's music player was impeccable. At the top of each page was a built-in song streamer that was easy to use, and often had bands' whole catalogs, practically.

And when you wanted new music, you weren't left skipping through Pandora ads. You'd simply search through Myspace's categories for up-and-coming musicians in your preferred genres. Through this method, I found out about folks like Marques Toliver, the soulful violinist-vocalist who has gone on to tour with James Blake, Hope, whose acoustic ballad "Bring Me Flowers" accumulated 5.7 million plays on Myspace, and Grizzly Bear, who have since become indie rock favorites.

Myspace also helped tons of artists get signed. Diddy first listened to Janelle Monae on her Myspace page. He promptly messaged her and then, months later, she was signed to his label. Universal Republic signed folk-pop singer Colbie Caillat after she held down Myspace Music's number-one unsigned artist spot for months. And artists built giant followings using the social networking services, including Soulja Boy and human subwoofer Skrillex. At its peak, the company even developed its own label, Myspace Records, to boost some of the talent found on its pages.


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17 comments
MeShugena
MeShugena

@villagevoice I somewhat agree however now it's MySpace who?

allisplural
allisplural

@dylan_redekop how I find music now=Youtube/Vimeo. Then I venture into social-netz. Myspace was nice in the past-i hardly go there now.

geehoneybee
geehoneybee

@dylan_redekop Facebook has music applications?!?!?

dylan_redekop
dylan_redekop

@allisplural Interesting–I never used MySpace and can't stand it now. I find new music by way of radio, social netwrx, pressers and youtube.

dylan_redekop
dylan_redekop

@geehoneybee Well it has the BandPage app and the Bandcamp app etc etc. I'm sure you knew this, no?

geehoneybee
geehoneybee

@dylan_redekop @geehoneybee Oh, you are referring to usage for actual bands? I'm referring to listening to music via Facebook.

geehoneybee
geehoneybee

@dylan_redekop Maybe I should have read the article. =P #awkward

dylan_redekop
dylan_redekop

@geehoneybee The article references sorting thru various Facebook apps/pages vs. MySpace's "all on one page" approach..

geehoneybee
geehoneybee

@geehoneybee @dylan_redekop New Twitter tweaks are making me reply to myself as well. #howconsiderate

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