Although Facebook and MySpace serve similar purposes, in my opinion they never seemed to compete directly. While Facebook’s sole purpose (at least originally) was to be a social networking device for college students, MySpace seemed to entice a younger population as well as a majority of those interested in the music scene. Unlike on Facebook, bands on MySpace could create pages and offer clips of songs to constantly attract new fans.
Most of my friends have accounts only on facebook, but many of musically inclined friends, as well as my high-school-aged sister, prefer MySpace. Until recently, the two entities seemed to draw separate crowds.
Now Facebook may be taking steps to compete directly with one of the only unique characteristics of MySpace – it’s music scene. According to TechSpot.com, Facebook soon “will reportedly let bands and labels create artists pages, and allow various widgets to be embedded for music promotion, organizing events, and more. Among those widgets would be iLike, the most popular app inside Facebook, but will also include iTunes widgets for listening to 30-second song samples, and eventually allowing users to buy music through Apple.”
The article does mention that this news has not been confirmed officially by Facebook or MySpace, and another Web site claims Facebook may not be teaming up with iTunes but could in fact be creating an iTunes competitor.
Bloggers and news sources are wondering whether this possible new Facebook application will lead to the downfall of MySpace or whether MySpace’s history of being a cyber home for musicians will win in the long run.
With all of the Facebook hype in recent news, I believe MySpace’s glory days may become a thing of the past. If musicians transfer their Web sites from old “spaces” to new and possibly “cooler” pages on Facebook, MySpace will have lost a majority of it’s remaining fans.