It’s not a good day for MySpace when one of their key competitor is a music start-up that’s not yet profitable – but it looks that way right now. Old competitor Facebook is now streets ahead and squaring up to tech big boys Google and Apple, and MySpace is facing competition in another area – its cachet as a platform for new music.
Bands still turn to MySpace to promote themselves and fans still go there to listen to new songs but perennial problems with MySpace – buggy loading, poor design and a busy user interface are letting simpler, faster and better-connected services get a new lead in this area.
SoundCloud is one of the new services snapping most closely at MySpace’s heels. It’s a place where users can upload sound files to the internet cleanly and simply and then embed them anywhere else on the internet. The way it makes stuff so easy to share has had it dubbed the Youtube of Internet Audio files.
And that’s just how it works – individual users have short profiles and channels, just like Youtube, but the core is the music not the social network. Grabbing an embed code from SoundCloud lets you stick it in your blog – great for music review sites, or podcasters.
By persisting in doing both social networking and acting as a music platform – but doing neither well – MySpace may see itself outsmarted on both flanks. We need some focus at the top here!
And it’s going to take more than a new logo to sort that out..