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This publicity image released by Myspace shows a screen shot from the newly designed Myspace.com. Tim and Chris Vanderhook unveiled the new MySpace.com, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, revealing a site that combines social networking with streaming music that is focused on the creative community. There are new features aimed at helping artists connect with their followers, an app and a radio function. (AP Photo/Myspace)
New Myspace takes it back to the future
Tech » Brothers unveil update that’s part social network, part music streaming service.
First Published Jun 12 2013 06:13 pm • Last Updated Jun 12 2013 09:49 pm

Nashville, Tenn. • Myspace owners Tim and Chris Vanderhook think the site had it right — at one point. And they believe they’ve revived and improved that formula for success as the revamped first titan of social media debuts its latest incarnation.

The Vanderhooks unveiled the updated Myspace.com Wednesday, revealing a site focused on entertainment that combines social networking with streaming music. There are new features aimed at helping musicians, writers and other artists connect with their followers, an app and a radio function.

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"Today more than ever there’s this need for a creative ecosystem that kind of caters to the creative community and that’s both a social network and the streaming services attached," Tim Vanderhook said. "For us when we looked at it, we really talked to a lot of artists and ... they all said, ‘I use all these various platforms but none of them really do what we need.’ What they really needed, they explained to us, was a home."

The launch comes nearly two years after the Irvine, Calif.-based Specific Media owners teamed with Justin Timberlake to buy the ailing website for $35 million, a fraction of the $560 million News Corp. paid for it in 2005.

The new owners briefed media this week in the run-up to release. Timberlake was not made available, but the company says he provides the strategic vision for the company and was the person behind the idea of focusing on the creative community.

The Vanderhooks believe the previous owners made a mistake when they tried to compete with emerging force Facebook. At its peak, they believe Myspace was driven by a sense of discovery and sharing. Bands, for instance, would post songs, tour schedules and blogs for fans to follow. It was more direct than a website and gave users the first true sense of social media’s larger possibilities.

"Everyone had a lot of fun on Myspace at one point," Chris Vanderhook said. "It’s easy to kick it and say, oh, yeah, Myspace sucks now, but everyone had fun on Myspace before. It’s just that they didn’t keep pace with technology and they didn’t keep up with the times."

The site continues to help those bands (or filmmakers or writers) with analytics that measure fan response and other tools to help them grow.




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