Myspace Music Launched in UK to Take on Spotify and Last.FM

Subset MyspaceMySpace has launched a UK version of MySpace Music and are prepared to take on the sonic streamers such as Spotify and LastFM with the brag that it holds “the most comprehensive catalogue” on the internet.

Myspace has buddied up iTunes and will enable DRM-free MP3 downloading as well as offering free streaming access to entire back catalogues of artists on both major and independent labels.

MySpace Music already has 13 million UK accounts and is generally the first thing people ask for when chatting to unsigned bands like Subset.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Courtney Holt, president of MySpace Music, described the new look MySpace as a “social music discovery service” and that “We provide streaming audio, video, a comprehensive suite of artist tools, original content and programming all wrapped up together in one nice package”.

Kasabian played an intimate gig in London on 2 December to mark the launch of the site, which is run by a subsidiary of News Corporation after its owner was bought out in 2005 for more than £300m.

Artists will be able to publish playlists so fans and friends can see what their fave artists are listening to and get a sense of what influences them. Check out what Britney Spears, Lady GaGa, Katie Price and even the Vatican are grooving to.

Holt believes that this is going to be huge in the UK, adding: “MySpace Music is the number one music site in America and since we have launched in Australia and New Zealand we have seen double the engagement than pre, so we believe this is going to be great for MySpace in the UK.”

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