Start digging out those old Myspace shots, because you finally have a (revamped) place to share them: The newly minted Myspace has finally opened to the public.
It very well could be the biggest “Phoenix from the ashes” story of 2013: In 2011, Myspace was sold for a pittance to advertising network Specific Media, and the Web shed one collective tear for the one-reigning social network, assuming that it would never come back from its mighty fall. When Justin Timberlake got involved in its revivification, however, it seemed like there might be hope afterall. Eyebrows were raised, shoulders were shrugged, myriad “sexy back” jokes were made. (NB: Timberlake is pumping his new single via the site today — so it seems that both site and singer are making a comeback in tandem.)
Now, however, months later, Myspace is back, and we must say: We’re impressed. The whole thing has been essentially gutted, leaving behind what has always been the service’s greatest asset: 53 million tracks from artists both established and indie. That’s a hell of a lot more music than any of the subscription services on the block can boast. In the past, however, Myspace didn’t know how to use its store of music to the best effect. That’s all about to change.
The new Myspace is sleek and easy to use, social and packed with content. After logging in via Facebook or Twitter (and thus bringing all your content with you), you can create your own profile (complete with Myspace’s signature “profile song”) and start connecting with friends and bands. That experience is like Facebook meets Pinterest — social, but visually lovely (see my profile above). Users can put up status updates and write on friends’ “Walls,” which is all well and good, but the real gamechanging aspect here is music.
To throw another “this meets this” comparison in there, the new Myspace is Facebook meets Pinterest meets Spotify. Along the bottom of the page, you’ll find a persistent player that follows you no matter where you go on the site. So, basically, you can visit a band’s page, start listening to some tunes, and surf around, without interrupting your jams. You can also create your own mixes — complete with pictures if you so desire — which friends can later check out, as well as listen to artist radio and get recommendations.
Fans: Sign up and take a look around, then let us know what you think in the comments below. Artists: Take a look at our piece on how to make money via the site — we’re guessing it’s about to get a lot more traffic.