"MySpace is meanwhile trying to reposition itself as a video and music-focused site."
As opposed to Geocities Mk 2?
As a performing musician with content on MySpace, I find that it's absolutely fantastic to be able to say to people "Here's our MySpace page, have a listen", and be able to get feedback *.
However, 2 things generally prevent us doing anything useful with it.
1) Independent artists use Paypal (before graduating to iTunes, or CDBaby, or whatever). Fact of life. it's an easy way of keeping track of what we've sold, to who, and whether it's been shipped. It's also a name that customees invariably trust. So stop blocking it with the bloody external links filter!
2) Fix the bastard flash player. or get rid of it altogether. It's a fucking Flash abortion, cobbled together in a 'be alright' kind of fashion, and vomited out of the doors on the unsuspecting masses. I don't want to hit the 'Play' button and bask in glorious silence, I want to hit 'Play' and actually listen to something. That's why I hit 'Play'.
Rant over. Time to go back to the day job.
Paris, because she doesn't need a Day Job to struggle as a musician.
* I never said the content OR the feedback was any good.