Dec 12 AT 7:26 PM Clark Wimberly 5 Comments

Imeem and MySpace don’t Cliq

One of our favorite music streaming apps is no more. Recently, MySpace purchased Imeem and was quick to shut the online music service down. Imeem is officially being integrated into MySpace Music but for the time being, Imeem seems virtually dead and two large issues have arisen.

First problem: Imeem ran the Snocap music storefront system used by thousands of independent artists (many on MySpace). You’ve probably seen a Snocap widget in place on a MySpace page, it was a music player that allowed bands to sell/play/share their own music. Snocap would handle the sales and process payments to any artist owed more than $20. When MySpace bought Imeem, they only bought certain parts, and the outstanding payments to the artists weren’t part of the deal. MySpace purchased Imeem for under $1mil and sources close to the deal say there isn’t likely to be money left for artists (some waiting for payments for more than a year).

Second, all CLIQs shipped with Imeem pre-installed (with no way to remove it). Justin was the first to notice and mention to me that the apps (including others, such as Shazam and Telenav) weren’t able to be uninstalled. When you go into Settings and try to manually remove the application there is no uninstall button to be found. When you try to access Imeem, you get a failed login and nothing else (see a full gallery below). Every CLIQ now has a brick of an app sitting on it, irremovable. I’d assume Motorola will fix this with a future update, but that’s the whole point of giving the user the point to remove their own apps in the first place.

Let’s not get it twisted, the two problems have nothing to do with one another (Motorola had nothing at all to do with the Imeem sale) but there are a lot of losers in the deal. The one common is MySpace, which is where I’ll place most of the blame. I haven’t followed MySpace news or updates for a few years now, so please correct me if I missed any of the finer points, but to me it sounds like hasty planning and short foresight have again inconvenienced thousands of users.

As it stands now, all past parts of the Imeem site just point to a landing page for MySpace Music. MySpace Music has stated its working to merge all the user profiles and playlists over to MySpace and should be sending out emails when the details are ready. That just leaves one issue: who really wants to use MySpace nowadays?

Via: Wired

Source: Imeem

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • Titty!

    When I first read this my reaction: Whaat?!
    Explaination: I hate MySpace Music, for it’s new Copyright filtering service,
    It’s lack of music it has at times.

    Seriously? I first thought. Was this necessary? No. Two different companys. Two different services.

    Conclusion/Release of Relief?: As, I looked through my downloads. (I have a mt3g so I may install if I ever choose to) I navigated to developer’s site, aka former ‘www.imeem.com/mobile’ & realized it changed to iLike (makes sense, it’s now part of MySpace)
    Contents of the page include: iMeem app no longer available for iPhone. If on Android, update coming soon?
    So thus it made me think & decide not to uninstall, Reasons why:

    -A few days ago, I had feedbacked MySpace to include support for artist, upload feature.
    -Seeing that they said, Update for Android coming soon, that’s exciting! Might as well see, what they make out of this tragedy.

    So yeah, that’s how I felt? Disappointed, then after eased a little. It’s still disappointing, but oh well guess right? Not like you can tell former imeem owners to retract, when what’s done is done.

    Anyway, so that’s how that concluded for me. How about you guys?
    Will you miss it? I will. Will it benefit you? I hope.
    And, if not what would do? (Obviously unistall right)

    Features? What features do you think iLike will have?

  • http://sweeterskins.net Lemon

    Bandcamp kicks MySpace Music’s ass anyway… this is a real shame. MySpace has a history of taking forever to integrate common features late.

  • http://Website barriah

    Do you really think that Myspace is going to quickly and efficiently transition the data over to keep the Imeem users happy?

    Here’s a hint. No warnings, no e mails? A mere paragraph of a sales pitch about how wonderful it will all be at a later date. When you enter any form of imeem into your search engine and are redirected to a page that does not even mention the imeem in a pronounced way on the page. Its sort like parents patronizing children when they ask for a pony for a birthday gift. Last but not least Rupert Murdoch and his desire to charge folks for merely reading the news.

  • http://frostygoodness.com Some Random Chris

    Man, with this, and lala being bought by Apple, it looks like the chances of Android (in the US anyway) having a “stream my library” type of app have gone cold.

  • http://Website Keo

    I loved imeem! Luckily Slacker radio has picked up the slack for now artists and great professionally made playlists, but the lack of streaming my music and just better UI has me very sad they are gone. I have hopes, albeit low, for the future!