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Post-Imeem, MySpace Music Is Suddenly the Bad Guy…

Imeem was dead-and-gone, and plucked from the ashes by MySpace Music. So why is MySpace getting such a bad rap? Perhaps anger is simply an irrational beast, one that feasts on the easiest and most visible scapegoat. Outside of the industry, fans and bands appear mostly uninformed about the factors that led to Imeem’s shutdown, and MySpace Music – the only party still standing – is now weathering most of the blame.

And the situation is getting worse. After an abrupt transition and redirect last week, Imeem users and artists were shocked to find their accounts wiped away, and a storm of criticism erupted.

The latest round is being fueled by Wired, who discovered that more than 110,000 artists with Snocap-powered stores will not be paid. Most of these accounts are small, though in the aggregate, they may add up to something substantial.

So what happens next? MySpace Music is currently attempting to resuscitate Imeem user accounts and playlists, though artists will remain unpaid on their Imeem balances. The reason is that MySpace did not acquire the liabilities that Imeem held, often the arrangement in fire-sales of this sort. “MySpace Music did not acquire Imeem’s outstanding debts, including the money Imeem owed to artists under the Snocap relationship,” the company flatly told Digital Music News.

This story has been provided by our content partner Digital Music News.

7 Responses to “Post-Imeem, MySpace Music Is Suddenly the Bad Guy…”

  1. I really loved the way IMEEM was set up. I could listen to the entire song before I purchased it. Now you hear a line of the song and that’s it. I really hate the new set-up!! Now I’m trying to find a site more like IMEEM used to be.

  2. I seriously doubt that all of the obscure and unpopular content on my playlists (world, classical, prog/psychedelic rock, etc) will be intact once this is all over. I’m guessing by the selection of so called “artists” on Myspace Music that if you’re not into top 40 s**t, you’re out of luck. Once more, greed and the stupid masses win out.

  3. TulipTurd

    Exactly like Guy Apollo stated. Myspace cant even properlly organize their current site. Its filled with all sorts of spam and countless music acts. Eventually theyll start charging artist for their service which sucks because they dont even pay artist for the uploads or the traffic they genereate. Luckily I found out about reverbnation a few years ago and they are actually helping the independent artist as well as the majors. Goodbye Imeem and myspace music.