Sit back and plug into the world of online music. From online radio to music videos, artists to blogs, downloads to networks, we pick 12 websites for each category helping you make the right decision for the right reasons.
MySpace just keeps on growing.Â The music section is now a few years old and is becoming ever bigger and ever more sophisticated.Â With record company partnerships and massive user-involvement the siteâ€™s continual evolvement is clear to see but how does it compare against its closest rivals?Â We went along to find out.
What music sharing options does this site offer? Can I share tracks, playlists, videos, or make comments here?.
Each song and video listed on the MySpace Music network can be added to your playlist or shared with others by a simple click. You can also click on to the profile of the person who uploaded the file to find like-minded people who love the same bands or merely to check out their profile for other recommendations. MySpace makes it easy to share music and videos.
How easy is it to find exactly what you need on this site?Â We tried and tested it out and graded..
This site covers a comprehensive range of music, from different countries and in different genres.Â Despite the mass of music and video files, MySpace has found excellent ways to filter listings and consequently it is easy to navigate around and find what you need. Creating your own playlist or video list is also quick and easy.
Does this network organize, host or have a place for social events? Can you meet up with other members? We evaluate the events....
There is a lively Charts section which can be filtered by a range of different countries.Â You can look for artists, songs and videos and filter all results by unsigned, indie and major as well as by twenty-one different genres. Whatâ€™s more, you donâ€™t just get the Top Ten here; these charts go all the way to 200.
The great thing about the MySpace music community is the massive exposure it gives to unsigned bands. Not only is it a great way for them to gain a following and create a buzz but it often leads to record company deals and online record sales too.
Finally there are featured and celebrity playlists available for those who want to try out some new sounds and need a bit of a steer. Overall, we love the heady mix of major stars alongside new, unsigned bands as well as the wide range of genres on MySpace Music.Â Lots of choice here and few will draw a blank on finding something right up their street.
Is there a membership option? If so is it good value? Whatâ€™s to gain? Deals, discounts, special offers? We checked it all out for you.
Joining MySpace is free and the music feature also has no associated costs. Whilst this is great, other sites have gone down the road of membership linked to the full length streaming of songs and this is something MySpace may need to consider in order to compete full with other music sharing sites.Â At present, their service may be free but it is not as all encompassing as rival sites.
Is this site legit? Does it offer dodgy streams or quality content? We asked the awkward questions so you donâ€™t have to.
MySpace has deals with the four major record companies.
In March 2010, due to music licensing regulations, MySpace Music became a music store and although previously streaming full songs, reduced streams to 30 second samples for all signed artists. With copyright issues driving the function of the site, music fans need to make a clear distinction between the functions and features of MySpace, which has a music social networking focus, as opposed to music video and download sites, which have a focus on streaming.
MySpace is currently at a crossroads and currently on a journey of rediscovery.Â The rumor is that the music and video sections will expand to encourage greater options for discovery, including a recommendation tool based on each playlist.
How interactive is this site? Is there a Facebook Group? Twitter? RSS feeds? Linked In? Forum? We found out.
The MySpace video section allows for the rating, sharing and commenting upon each video streamed. Each song listed on MySpace Music can be added to your playlist by a simple click. You can stream songs on audio or video (depending on what is available) but remember that signed bands only have tasters and not full streams now. There are also music forums split by ten music genres, all of which have regular posts and seems busy with banter. Finally, you can click on to the profile of the person, record company or band who uploaded the clip.
Social networking is what MySpace does best and the music section is no exception.
Is this site up-to-date? Can you find the latest releases and the new bands that everyoneâ€™s talking about?.
MySpace contains music news, celebrity updates and new releases.Â It also covers new, unsigned bands so continually has its finger on the pulse. On the downside, it can only stream tasters of major bands so the updates, although timely and comprehensive, are not as user-friendly and playable as on rival sites.