Earlier today, Justin Timberlake tweeted a link to this teaser of the New MySpace to his 13+ million followers. The site, now been acquired by Specific Media for 15 months and partially owned by JT himself, gets a complete makeover and the aesthetics and user flow seem to take inspiration from two other social networks – Facebook and Tumblr. Users will be able to login via Facebook or Twitter with the option to bring photos or other information with them so you don’t need to build from unless you want to. Status updates look similar to the mobile app Path, with photos largely displayed and user comments showing up underneath. There’s also a music component which allows you to browse albums, find popular songs and artists and more. Want access? Get in line at new.myspace.com.
The bootleggers on Canal Street are jumping up and down right now and for good reason.
MySpace Music goes live, my friends. We don’t have MySpace, but their reach is vast, with roughly 120 million users. They signed a deal with the big four music companies – Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.
As a user, you get to stream full songs for free, build playlists and buy tracks from Amazon or as ringtones from Jamster. On top of that, MySpace will also offer concert ticket purchases and merchandise. Did we mention that the tracks are going to be DRM-free?
Amit Kapur, chief operating officer at MySpace, said that, “In order to really meet the needs of users, you need to unlock the content,” he said. “The only way you’ll solve that is having a free, ad-supported environment.” MySpace chose to partner with Amazon over Apple because Amazon offers music free of rights management restrictions and variable pricing, Kapur said.
Well, if you are part of MySpace, then log in and check it out and let us know what you think. If you’re not already part of the cult, maybe you should consider joining or wait until Facebook unveils their music integration plans.
Yesterday, AOL announced that AIM and ICQ instant messaging as well as AOL Mail are coming to BlackBerry smartphones. Today, there were more announcements making crackberry addicts jump for joy. One announcement was by TiVo and another one was made by Myspace.
Users will now be able to send pictures from their BlackBerry device’s camera app to their friends on AIM or ICQ, and see AIM or ICQ messages in their regular BlackBerry smartphone inbox. There’s a lot of integration with the BlackBerry Address Book, allowing users to associate a contact in their IM contact list to the respective contact in their BB Address Book. Calling a person, emailing them, and sending them a MMS or SMS can all be done seamlessly through their AIM or ICQ session.
TiVo’s announced that it will let BB users control their DVR recordings on-the-go with a new app that’s coming soon. The program will let you browse through program guides and schedule recordings right from the phone.
Myspace showed off a new BB app that makes messaging, commenting, and other things in Myspace simpler than ever before. The most interesting feature is probably the camera integration, which lets you take a photo and have it shoot right over into your profile. These types of features have been done before by Facebook and that app has been out for about a year now.
Do you think these apps are groundbreaking for RIM? Will it help them keep market-share? Let us know!