MySpace just won’t seem to die. After being revived so many times, each one more unsuccessful than the last, it has been reported that MySpace is going to be resuscitated once again. Specific Media, the latest owner of MySpace, has announced that the social networking service will be relaunched later this year with a new focus on what made it successful in the first place: the music. A good idea, since the social networking web space has already been dominated by Facebook, and recently Google+ (though we don’t know if it can keep up).
It wasn’t mentioned what Specific Media’s exact plans for MySpace are except the fact that they’re going to put the service on a “diet…get it on P90X, clean its system and get back to its foundation” but we do know that the online music world has evolved since MySpace was first introduced so it’s going to be an uphill battle. But MySpace already has a good relationship with the four major record labels, a whole library of music from independent artists, and people who still use it to listen to music. Even bands (that haven’t made the jump to Facebook) are still relying on MySpace to upload their songs and share their tour schedules.
However with so many channels for streaming music online now available (bandcamp, Spotify, Reverb Nation etc), it’s going to be a whole different ballgame compared to the web during MySpace’s “glory years”. But hey – it’s better to be late than never, right? Let’s just hope it’s not too late.
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