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MySpace Buys and Then Takes Down Imeem 165

Posted by kdawson
from the do-what-i-meem dept.
Conchobair was one of several users letting us know that Myspace has snapped up free music streaming site imeem. Visitors to the imeem site are being sent to a MySpace redirect page, which states that they are "working to migrate your imeem playlist to MySpace Music." Currently there is no way to access imeem music or playlists or to make use of imeem apps on Android or iPhone. The AP reports that the deal was done for less than $1M — not bad for 16M subscribers — noting that the music startup was running out of cash. PC Mag notes: "Last week it was announced that Apple had purchased Lala, and now MySpace snaps up imeem. Are Pandora and Rhapsody next?"
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MySpace Buys and Then Takes Down Imeem

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  • by mcrbids (148650) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @02:59AM (#30374768) Journal

    The combination of crappy layouts, shoddy design, counter-intuitive interface, and juvenile audience are all working together to render Myspace irrelevant. I just checked my myspace page, apparently for the first time since May of this year.

    Nothing's changed...

    • by nametaken (610866) *

      MySpace sucks, and if they're smart they'll stop buying companies and work on a complete overhaul. Facebook ate their lunch and MySpace still does nothing to fight back.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by obarthelemy (160321)

        The horrible thing is that, like IM and file formats, there's a strong network effect. There's a strong incentive for everyone to use the same site, pretty much regardless of specs, functionnality, reliability...

        Hopefully someone will come up with some kind of Social Web standard and filters, that will let us import/export content and contacts between sites, maybe set up front-ends on several sites but point them back to our own site...

        • friendfeed.com perhaps?

        • by Gerzel (240421) *

          Yeah but if the companies allowed that they'd lose their customers.

          The only way is for you personally to use sites other than those that you dislike or else nothing will change. Users have to move away from the sites, because if the users don't show themselves to be mobile the sites won't improve.

    • by sznupi (719324)

      I wish...

      For some reason many / most(?) of interesting new music bands choose to use Myspace as their homesite.

      I'm really torn; great new music (yes, there's plenty of those if you care to look around) versus crappy nature of Myspace.

      • For some reason many / most(?) of interesting new music bands choose to use Myspace as their homesite.

        And where else will the bands (or their marketing managers) find such a large collection of malleable young airheads, all eager to be commanded what to think, what to buy, what to talk about, and what to do, so they'll appear all grown up and cool?

        • by sznupi (719324)

          Yeah, supposedly the arguments "it was better" are mostly about feeling better past primetime...

          Anyway, independents (not some genre; mode of action) are most plagued by the error of choosing Myspace. Local bands (yes, even in countries where Myspace doesn't exist otherwise), real jobs, no managers, little side money from small number of CDs & concerts.

        • by schon (31600)

          And where else will the bands (or their marketing managers) find such a large collection of malleable young airheads, all eager to be commanded what to think, what to buy, what to talk about, and what to do, so they'll appear all grown up and cool?

          Youtube.

    • imeem was kind of cool.

      Of course, no more. I'm sure "Tom" will put an end to that.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by rolfwind (528248)

      Sounds like the geocities of this decade.

  • This Sucks (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Conchobair (1648793)
    I work behind a firewall and I can't install or upload music files. This was my wonderful go to on a shitty day of work, that I could listen to anything from Nirvana to Ennio Morricone, from NWA to Neil Young.. for the love of god someone, do you have something that is just as good?
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      There are a ton of sites that are much better than imeem, but the one i've really started to like is grooveshark.com. lots of people like last.fm or spotify, but grooveshark lets me listen to any song ondemand, without downloading an external app, which is a must for listening to music at work.

  • by cowtamer (311087) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @03:16AM (#30374844) Journal

    Really. Does the name not mean anything??? :)

    • by gmhowell (26755)

      Judging by the lack of replies, I'm guessing /. posters are not well versed in the classics.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by zullnero (833754)
        Or else they are, and just don't care about the reference enough to bother replying. Doesn't seem like the kinda place for heated discussions about Greek myth.
      • by csartanis (863147)

        You're right, I thought this was somehow related to the "Leave Britney alone!" guy.

    • by temcat (873475)

      OK, "imeem" means "we have" in Russian, so what?

  • by AcidPenguin9873 (911493) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @03:20AM (#30374860)

    Business charges $0 for its product, runs out of cash due to lack of viable revenue. Details at 11.

    Unless you're Google and can sell tons of ads, "free" is not going to survive.

    • by Dumnezeu (1673634)

      Business charges $0 for its product, runs out of cash due to lack of viable revenue. Details at 11.

      Unless you're Google and can sell tons of ads, "free" is not going to survive.

      Yes, I'm sure that none of those millions of websites that survive only by ads revenue will go down any day now, including one of my pet projects that hasn't been updated since last year and still generates over $200/month from [non-Google] ad clicks.

      • by c.r.o.c.o (123083)

        That's the perks of being omnipotent, you earn cash out of thin air. But I was hoping that God* made more than $200/month in revenue from any one of his ventures.

        *Parent's user ID...

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by drsquare (530038)

        Maybe $200 a month isn't a lot when you're actually paying for content. You know, like licencing all that music. Internet ad revenue is pitiful.

    • by Sylak (1611137)
      Actually, iMeem had a VIP service it charged for, as well as a cut of music purchased through the site through the stores it linked to.
  • Unless there's another Rhapsody in the world of online music, it's already owned and operated by RealNetworks. Am I missing something, is Real finally en route to a long-overdue end, are they looking to sell Rhapsody, or is the summary just including pointless BS as usual?

    I actually tried Rhapsody for a while... it's not bad as a subscriber, but for free online music I'll stick with Pandora, thanks.

  • Going by 208.72.33.133 in the hosts file doesn't help either, you get a 503. But then, I hadn't really ever used imeem before, so I don't know what I'm getting worked up about.
  • Sweet (Score:4, Insightful)

    by HisOmniscience (1361001) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @03:40AM (#30374930)
    This site was great for trying out artists after a Pandora suggestion. Guess I'll have to go back to torrents for trying out new artists.
    • Yes, because MySpace buying a site and transferring it over to them is great justification to start illegally pirating music.

      Is your music taste some kind of weird obscure music that's actually easier to find on torrents than on youtube or one of the 20 other music sites?

    • Re:Sweet (Score:4, Informative)

      by courtarro (786894) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @10:54AM (#30376946) Homepage
      I'll keep the suggestions flowing: I love last.fm [last.fm] for its ability to help me find (and listen to) new music. It even offers a dedicated client that doesn't require an open browser window all day.
  • by dbcad7 (771464) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @04:00AM (#30374984)
    I had already dropped imeem in favor of Slacker.
  • I've been using my new Android phone for all manner of streaming audio in the car, and really enjoying the hell out of it. But I can't say that I miss imeem.

  • by Trepidity (597) <.delirium-slashdot. .at. .hackish.org.> on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @04:28AM (#30375092)

    Clearly MySpace+Imeem doesn't form a monopoly in the area, so I can see why there'd be no reason to block the purchase. But don't companies that purchase their competitors have to at least pretend to be doing it for some reason other than simply to shut down and thereby get rid of a competitor? If the sole reason for buying a competitor is to get rid of them, isn't that roughly equivalent to paying them to leave a particular market, which would be illegal?

    • by Aladrin (926209)

      MySpace says they are transferring all the playlists over as well, as well as the users... So they bought them for their customer list, which is legal as far as I know.

    • by MacWiz (665750)

      don't companies that purchase their competitors have to at least pretend to be doing it for some reason other than simply to shut down and thereby get rid of a competitor?

      The four major labels already have abandoned any pretense of competition through their joint ventures, like MySpace Music and Vevo.

      Besides, it's just independent artists. Some of this music has been around the block several times, originating from the original mp3.com and GarageBand, through iLike and iMeem.

      The RIAA can do whatever they wa

  • Or their website does.
    The morons who hack it together (I don't want to use the word design) can't figure out they are supposed to serve pages up in the language the http header ASK FOR - instead the idiots just look at the IP and make a choice based on that.
    ("Oh but you can make an account and" - NO, I don't want to nor should i have to to make an account to get to a useable language (and how the heck would be able to register if they serve the page up in some weird language)

  • My workplace has blocked all audio streaming services, as they were using up too much of the company network's bandwidth. At home, I have 80GB of mp3s, enough to play for 40 days without any repeats. Of what use are audio streaming services to me?
  • Yeah, I figured that out last night. It was great; if I wanted to hear a song I'd just go to Imeem and type it in. It played the music I wanted, not the music it thinks I wanted.

    At least Myspace seems to have full songs, but their interface is shit.

    Oh well, back to Gnutella I guess... which is a shame. I didn't want to screw around with a website in order to hear a song - Imeem let me just play it. I bought so much music because I'd been listening to the song for a few days, and it was easier to buy it than

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