Thursday, February 24, 2011 Challenges Myspace Music

Online community with over 250k members and 40k bands looks to further foster artist development and promotion

Myspace Music has had a stranglehold on the music hosting game for quite some time, but according to Chris Brickhouse, owner and operator of, their media player is outdated, their profiles are littered with Myspace navigation, and their pages take too long to load.

"The Myspace media player downgrades the bitrate of the music, making it sound 'fuzzy' and play at a lower volume, whereas our media player doesn't require flash... The music is exactly the same quality as uploaded," said Brickhouse. "They degrade the songs to save disk space... We won't sacrifice the music quality for a few bytes of space."'s fully customizable band profile pages are just the latest change in an ongoing effort to foster band development and promotion. Within five minutes a band could have their page up and running. The site allows users to do live previews of the site's appearance before committing to the design, and the number of tracks a user can upload is unlimited.

In addition to visual customization, users have the ability to sell merchandise (without paying a fee) on their page. The interface allows them to manually add items, then facilitates a transaction (single or multiple) via PayPal. There is also the option to connect to display Twitter activity, list upcoming shows, embed videos, and update fans with news, etc. started in 1998 as a forum for Hardcore, Metal, Punk, Hip Hop, Emo, and Indie fans. It has since become a free music hosting site and community with over 250,000 members and 40,000 bands.

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