Shocka! Myspace Has Improved by, Like, a Thousandfold
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Once the hot spot for musicians to proffer their handiwork online, Myspace, over the last five years or so, had become the Chernobyl of websites. Its notoriously clunky interface and maddeningly slow loading time were bad enough; actually trying to hear the music on it made one want to revoke Tom Anderson’s internet privileges forever.
But in the last couple of days I’ve received notifications from artists I respect—including Blues Control and Reuber—to check out their Myspace pages. My skepticism soared off the charts, but with trepidation I visited Blues Control’s. Shockingly, the user experience was pleasant and hassle-free.
Over to the left of the page, there’s room for a bio and album art, plus a menu consisting of music, videos, photos, mixes, upcoming shows, connections, etc. When you choose MUSIC, songs scroll down the right side of the page and all you have to do is put your cursor over a track number, click, and, BOOM, music happens. No jumping to another page, no nonsensical transitions to a completely different artist’s music after a track finishes, no hideous design elements. Artists can list track titles, the releases whence they come, release dates, and there’s a tally of the number of plays each track garners. Nice. Here’s another good thing: You can select anything in the menu and not interrupt the music.
Finally, FINALLY, Myspace got its shit together and it looks ready to challenge Soundcloud and Bandcamp for the hearts and minds of musicians and DJs. Sorry for doubting you, Myspace, but your recent history had done absolutely nothing to prepare me for your revolutionary makeover.
UPDATE: Just noticed this article that was linked to in my Twitter feed. Since its January relaunch, Myspace has been streaming music from several indie labels represented by digital rights management company Merlin without permission and not paying royalties. Not cool.