Since its heyday in the mid-2000s, MySpace has become the butt of social media jokes. In recent years, however, not only has the company been purchased by a group that includes Justin Timberlake, but music supervisor Scott Vener has been added to help curate the site behind the scenes.
At its peak and even a bit beyond, MySpace was a haven for budding artists to not only get their music heard, but to build up communities that could enable them to tour, sell merchandise, and maintain a career without having to go through the major label machine. Before MySpace fell, a number of websites began cropping up offering these opportunities and more, rendering this once appealing, incidental aspect of the site to be rendered useless in the eyes of many.
While "New" MySpace's design is beautiful, we're wondering how a new MySpace holds up against the robust services offered by sites like Facebook, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and others that effectively allow you to both upload (and sell) your music, while still maintaining a social aspect. Will there even be a point to adding this to your ever-growing list of social media sites? We got a chance to preview the site, and want to walk-through some of the immediate questions artists might have when trying to incorporate MySpace into their online traffic.