Posted in industry | music on November 16, 2009

MySpace"Speculation arose this past week that News Corp.-owned MySpace Music (NWS) is considering moving to a paid model, since the cost of free streaming is making its current model unsustainable. News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller expressed some interest in such a move in an onstage interview conducted by paidContent's Rafat Ali in Monaco on Thursday, noting that he believes in the "freemium" music model conceptually, even if a practical and sustainable version hasn't appeared yet." [Business Week]

TechCrunch says that MySpace can't afford all the royalty payments it has to pay labels to stream music. Which bands get paid when their music is played on MySpace? Britney Spears? If anything, I would have thought it was the other way around (MySpace trying to charge bands for the free service) (though I understand it is a mutually beneficial relationship).

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Comments (31)

With 99.99% of my friends moved to Facebook, the only reason I still have an account it to check out their free streaming music on upcoming bands. If I had to pay, I'm pretty sure myself and the remaining 1% would jump ship. Besides, myspace will be out of business in the next few years anyways. I mean who goes on that site?! Seems to be teens, pedophiles and people with IQ's in the 70 range.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 10:48 AM

You can't stop Progress...someone else will just pick up right where they left off.

HypeMachine, iMeeM, etc. etc. etc....

Posted by TXn | November 16, 2009 10:49 AM

I like myspace b/c it gives me a place to show off pictures of me in a bikini.

Posted by A guy with winter bush | November 16, 2009 11:03 AM

time to gentrify Friendster...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 11:05 AM

MySpace Music just signed a deal to begin airing ads on their music streams. how is that not mentioned in the article?

that is a done deal and means ads will be their revenue, not subscription fees.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 11:07 AM

Hopefully this will be the death-knell for major labels.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 11:19 AM

what about makeoutclub!?!

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Posted by Redes e Telas de Proteção | November 16, 2009 12:36 PM

first comment is right. myspace will be out of business in a few years cause they suck and just can't compete with other sites like facebook, twitter, etc. the world will be a better place without myspace anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 2:42 PM

hype machine is taking over/will take over

myspace bye bye

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 2:48 PM

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Posted by Friendster | November 16, 2009 3:01 PM

This would be a great idea....I hate the quality on myspace anyway. People will start buying cds/lps again and hopefully more indie record stores will be opening up.

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Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | November 16, 2009 3:11 PM

Comment #1 is right.

Myspace is busy, ugly, and slow loading. And it seems the only reason bands even use it is because it's free and easy. I hate when I discover a new band, and the only thing they have is a myspace page.

Come on, all these bands have unemployed web designer friends. Just offer those guys some leftover groupie puss and get a real website up.

Posted by Cuse | November 16, 2009 4:06 PM

Comment #1 is very very wrong. While Myspace has lost popularity amongst the affluent white people that migrated to Facebook, it is actually still very successful everywhere else, including elsewhere in the world. To assume that losing support amongst the elite rich white folk is an automatic death knell for the site is just narcissistic.

And the problem with any website trying to charge for access is that there will be another site right around the corner ready to offer the same service for free. I think Friendster early on had plans to charge before Facebook pulled the rug out from under them. And Muxtape, in its new incarnation, is already seeking to be the new Myspace for bands.

Posted by burnd | November 16, 2009 4:43 PM

Jeremy Jay's myspace is my favorite page on the net.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 5:01 PM

If you want to know more about finding and working with music for free on your PC then check out this post here:
http://ninjarabbits.blogspot.com/2009/11/you-and-your-music-collection.html

Posted by nicholassimon | November 17, 2009 12:30 AM

These guys have to think about what is good for business too. Myspace is a great platform.

Posted by colon cleanse | November 20, 2009 7:56 AM

yea, if myspace starts to charge either artists or listeners for streams, they're done. again, comment #1 was dead on, only reason most people use myspace is to check out bands, that's all i use it for, and as others have noted, there are other sites waiting to pick up the slack. so they'd be dumb to kill all they have going for them...

Posted by brian roach | November 20, 2009 9:32 AM

Myspace is already established as a big brand. People always have inertia when it comes to changing things. Many will just pay if they decide to charge.

Posted by dermapril | November 21, 2009 8:06 AM

Doubt myspace will be paying any royalty fees as far as im concerned, myspace should be charging for all the bandwidth.

Posted by husky training | January 8, 2010 1:39 PM

i agree with husky training, they spend a lot of money for the bandwidth itself, let alone pay royalty fees

Posted by boxer training | January 11, 2010 7:30 PM

What if MySpace stopped streaming music for free? From Brooklyn Vegan November 16, 2009. "Speculation arose this past week that News Corp.

Posted by Apotheke | January 19, 2010 9:56 AM

it's been nearly 2 years since the last discussion in this strand, wonder what these folk think now ?

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