MySpace faces serious competition in music. Not only is much of the material offered by labels becoming ubiquitous through a host of licensing deals, as we reported earlier this month, Facebook is planning a late 2007 launch of an artist platform it hopes will outstrip MySpace. It includes a tie-up with Apple, something we heard was also in the works for MySpace but have been told by a source familiar with the situation that is not the case.
Update: Looks like MySpace is also adding Skype to its IM client. *CNET* News.com reports the two have a deal
will announce a deal Wednesday to use Skype with MySpaceIM. MySpace users will be able to link their profiles to Skype accounts and will be able to place calls using Skype through the IM app. Private profiles will be exempt from non-friend calls. The service will be available in the 20 countries where MySpace is localized. “Only” 25 million of MySpace’s 110 million active users have downloaded the IM client, according to News.com.