I am sure most of us remember abandoning our MySpace accounts for a ‘cleaner’ looking social network – Facebook. But MySpace is back with a bang! Everything old is left behind. Chris and Tim Vanderhook along with Justin Timberlake bought the ‘once upon a time’ social monopolist for a throwaway price of $35 Million. The trio believes that they can give back MySpace its lost charm.
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First things first! MySpace as we know it from its previous birth was the public’s connection to their beloved artists and vice-versa. The all new MySpace does the same but comes with a better design, friendly UI (tricky until you ‘connect’ to it) and of course, a smoother music player.
Starting with the UI of the New MySpace
Like on most social sites, on MySpace too, users can have a profile picture and a cover picture. (FYI MySpace was the pioneer in painting user profiles with personalized images.) Unlike previously, MySpace now has a restriction of uploading a cover picture of at least 1024x768 resolution.
Thus, not allowing the tiny cover picture to span in tile format all over the window. Also helping in making your profile look elegant.
Another cool feature of the site is the horizontal scroll. Yes, the site has a horizontal scroll bar instead of a vertical one, making it a little difficult to use initially, but it is fun once you get a hang of it.
Connecting with artists and other people
You can connect with all your favorite artists which you have already ‘Like’ed on Facebook. Thus, helping you to get connected to your favorite artists, without hunting for them all over again.
You can similarly import your connections from Twitter & Old MySpace as well. You can see little icons on artists and tracks suggesting a connection between you and them. Here`s a little connection guide:
Connecting with artists is easy, whereas connecting with other individuals looks like a task to do!
New MySpace Music player
Music player is the heart of the new MySpace. Like all good sites, the music player on MySpace looks appealing and plays quite smoothly, without any buffer. (Provided you have optimal bandwidth). You can create your own mixes (or playlists, if you wish).
You can send these mixes to anybody as a message. These playlists come with standard features like Add, Delete, etc. You can click on any song and select option for queuing it to your current playlist.
You can also watch videos (in full screen, as well). The site is really responsive at all times. If you move your cursor while watching the video, you will see the site navigation immediately. Also you may close the video, while the audio continues seamlessly.
Another cool feature is the Radio! You can search for genre based or artist based radio stations and sit back as these stations play some good stuff!
Its owners confirm that MySpace has a music library bigger than any other site ever. But if you try searching your favorite songs, you will see a bunch of covers by random artists. This can make you go back to other music site or even Youtube for that matter.
But we are hoping more and more original tracks will be added. And we would have the pleasure of listening to them with ease. Talking of ease, MySpace has a handy new feature of searching any song by just typing the name at any point of time!
Unlike other sites, you don’t have to find the search bar and type. You can type anytime, anywhere!
If you are a music freak and love socializing and getting to know more about your favorite artists, new MySpace is the place to be. You never know, you might just find a cool cover to your favorite band`s latest single!