MySpace Music, the one stop for all music aficionados, could be graduating to a mp3 player, a la iPod. The suggestion was made by the MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco in a talk with Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. The MySpace Music service has been very successful if you consider the figures.
An excerpt from Reuters:
People streamed music more than 1 billion times in the first few days and have created 80 million playlists since the launch, DeWolfe said. Five million bands upload their music to the site.
But will the service be able to make a dent to the success of the iPod. Several attempts such as Microsoft’s Zune have not made much of difference. What could be the benefit of a MySpace backed mp3 player ? It could provide a platform for young artists to further their fan base. Also, by adding support for syncing with Linux, Windows and other operating systems the music player could boast a wider platform support than iTunes.
Social Network friendly features could be an added plus. With MySpace having initially started as a online space for music artists, this would be more like going back to their old days. The metrics are definitely favorable for introducing mobile devices tailored to social networking use but what MySpace will be figuring out is whether they are better off doing partnerships with handset makers, including direct support for cell-phones with Music Store support. Would you be interested in owning a device that carried your MySpace network too ?