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Tunecore’s Facebook vs MySpace


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Facebook’s Appeal

1. Ease of Use, Networking
2. Clean and Organized
3. Dynamic Interface
4. The Status Bar
5. Less Spam
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Why MySpace still holds the spotlight for music

Facebook was not originally intended to be a music website – when it was growing in popularity, in still did not have working music players. Some applications were slowly introduced that allowed people to play their own music on their profile pages, but it didn’t allow bands to create pages. Bands could make fan groups, but couldn’t play music on the actual pages.

MySpace was still everyone’s #1 destination if they wanted to hear music – and the plus side was you didn’t have to be a member of MySpace to visit a band’s profile.

Facebook soon gave into the pressure to give bands profiles on Facebook and introduced pages, which allow bands to have music players, tour calendars, photos, videos, etc. Even with these new options, bands couldn’t customize their profiles the way they could with MySpace, or organize their content exactly the way they wanted it. Facebook became a useful addition to a band’s online presence, but was not the necessity MySpace was.
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The Verdict

While Facebook is certainly the best place for an artist to advertise and interact with fans, it lacks the appearance of a personal website that MySpace has, and the music player is secondary to the news feed on the page. On MySpace, the music player is the focus of the page, and far more artists have MySpace pages than have complete Facebook pages.

I know of industry folks who will look at a band’s MySpace page before looking at their actual website – (1) to listen to their music, and (2) to see how many friends they have. Yes, the number of MySpace friends you have is still relevant in the industry today. It probably not as accurate as the number of fans you have on your Facebook page, which are much more accessible than your MySpace friends, but it still adds credibility.

I think as more bands begin to adopt Facebook pages and focus on building their fan base through Facebook, the number of fans on a band’s page will carry more weight than the number of “friends” on MySpace. For now, MySpace is still very relevant in the music industry, so I’d recommend having both a strong MySpace and Facebook presence. MySpace for music, Facebook for fan interaction.

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