Apparently today is the 1st Annual Quit MySpace Day where musicians are being encouraged to dump their MySpace accounts. Yes, MySpace is a clunky, annoying, spammed-filled experience, but for any serious artist/band, I think deleting your MySpace account is a serious mistake (for now). There are two reasons:
1. MySpace returns great search results on Google with some search results featuring an audio player ready to stream popular songs by that artist.
2. Press and music venues still find MySpace useful. I’m not sure why, but just about every venue and news outlet still tend to grab a band’s MySpace link over using their official website. My guess is that they know it’s a direct link to streaming audio of the artist’s music plus all the other band essentials.
I find using MySpace just as frustrating as anyone else, but it takes zero effort to let my account sit there just in case. Until it’s officially dead or there is an obvious new replacement, I’ll keep my account open. I suggest other artists do the same.
-Kevin B. at CD Baby