If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – Myspace snuggles up with Facebook

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Will this new connection be a Myspace saver?

Interesting announcement from MySpace: “The new Myspace and Facebook are friends.” The premise is that you link your two accounts and Myspace will display your likes on Facebook into “real content” on Myspace.

It’s true Myspace still has the edge for musicians and presentation of audio content. But it’s been losing ground to Facebook. Will this new connection, promoted as a musical mash up, be a Myspace saver? Are the execs at Myspace banding together with the execs at Facebook in the face (get it?) of Google shutting off data feeds to Facebook? Read the rest of this entry »

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Is One Life Enough

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I have some cool new music to listen to while I keep busy.

I’m helping judge entries for the Dublin Virtually Live song contest.  It’s a pretty cool idea, and I am impressed with the happenings and offerings in Dublin Virtually Live.  The contest title has me thinking though.   “Is One Life Enough?”

This time of year–for me–the answer is NO!  It always seems to me after Halloween, we begin the slide into the holidays.  The year seems to move faster and faster as we move to the “finish line”, and I try to cram everything in.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just spread some of this great holiday cheer throughout the year?  I simply don’t have as many invites to be with family and friends the rest of the year.  Instead we try to cram it all into a brief five weeks or so.  The good news is we take time to make it happen at least once a year, but the bad news is this special blessing creates stress. Read the rest of this entry »

Popular Voting Open For Is One Life Enough Theme Song Contest

Dublin, Ireland – November 15, 2010 – Popular voting is now open for the Is One Life Enough Theme Song Contest. Artist awards include recognition and prizes from Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin Virtually Live. Voter awards include great music and “I Voted” in-world tee-shirts. All Second Life Residents are eligible to vote at the IOLE Song Contest Web Site [http://www.siterma.com/iole/]. Winners will be announced December 1st. Virtual Environments: Is one life enough is an award-winning, university-level course on the professional use of social media.

Editorial: The death of MySpace?

myspace rip The answer is clear: use more than one.

MySpace is in imminent demise, according to Webware CNET News (News Corp. to MySpace: Time is running out).

For years, MySpace has been the de facto, free, online, playable-music-files web service of choice for musicians to share their work with fans. Even artists with their own personal and professional websites maintained a MySpace page to direct listeners to their links. But since its acquisition in 2005 by News Corp., MySpace, even with 100 million worldwide users, has lost ground to Facebook (five times as many users) and Twitter (twice as many).

So what’s an artist to do? Read the rest of this entry »

Music Startups and Copyright Challenges

Original Aggregate Music A killer app for aggregating several independent artists and streaming their original music is sure to shake up the old guard, in a way that provides appropriate returns for the artist, and without killing the host!

Recently Mashable reported on Dalton Caldwell’s presentation to the YCombinator’s Startup School at Stanford University, featuring several startup experts, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.  The speakers were invited to share their own startup story.  The Mashable headline is what grabbed my attention:  Are Music Startups Destined to Fail? Read the rest of this entry »

The perfect music listener website?

listener websites image The best music listener website features don’t all exist on a single website–yet! 
By Teddi Davis

FreePlayVL last reported on musician’s assessments of the what and the why of the best music aggregator websites as captured in our survey–but what about what listeners want?  Starting with the websites that musicians liked the most, this article dissects various functionality across these websites to identify what features are essential for the perfect music website from the music listener’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

The revolution continues.

reverbnation article image So what makes for the perfect listener and artist website?

iTunes has fundamentally changed how music is acquired and consumed, starting a digital music revolution.  With a big chunk of the music loving public moving online to satisfy their music needs, the Web is proving fertile ground for finding and learning about great new artists.

ReverbNation.com was cited most frequently by artists responding to a recent survey Read the rest of this entry »