The astounding rise and rise of Muxtape

Muxtape is basically a site where you can make a mixtape, digitally – which means it won’t get chewed up in your dusty old tape player or get cracked in the post. It’s simple and hugely popular with many people known only by their alias’ who write blogs and post on messageboards. They especially got themselves in a froth last week when the site was hacked and three weeks worth of uploads were lost. “PWNED!” etc…

It’s fucking easy to use. Simply pick a name for your tape, select any tracks you like, upload the MP3’s, organise them into a playlist and that’s it, you’re done! Then all you gotta do is send the link around with a smug sense that your tape will totally change someone’s life/day.

This website does skirt very much on the verge of legalities but like all web 2.0 tech it has been created out of a frustrated desire to make mixes for other people in a digital age, when things should be piss easy to share, without the limitations of things like the clunky iTunes store which you obviously have to pay for or learning Garageband in order to make a podcast.

They’re not really covering their asses either. All their legal disclaimer says is:

Muxtape is a service for creating mixtapes. Users may not upload multiple songs from the same album or artist, or songs they do not have permission to let Muxtape use. Individual users may not create multiple muxtapes. Accounts not meeting these restrictions are subject to termination without notice. Muxtape will never reveal your email address to a third party. Muxtape is alive.

Oh and who could miss this bit of grey text which comes up as you’re uploading your track?

By uploading a song you agree that you have permission to let Muxtape use it.

The site was formed by a guy called Justin (his blog is here), who quite impressively, despite the site only going live in April, has already been interviewed by Wired and is racking up over 100,000 users, although some estimates suggest over a million people have used the site. There isn’t much else to say about it except for the semi-interesting fact that the most popular Muxtape, according to Quantcast is one by Travis from Gym Class Heroes, which he linked in his blog.

Have some fun with it before it gets shut down after a year of mind-numbing broadsheet features about oil tanker paced legal action or until someone creates a much better alternative, probably on Nike’s dollar.

Ours is a bit of a guide to the year so far

Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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