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MP3.com Gone by December 2, 2003


Has everyone heard about this? I just got an e-mail or two that 
tipped me off to it -- and after investigating a little I found out 
it's actually true. This comes as a major shock to me. I'd enjoyed
a good deal of success with their service (6007 downloads).
I have to say i am really sorry to see them go.

This from MP3.com's own site-news page:

>CNET Networks, Inc. announced today that it has acquired 
>certain assets of MP3.com, Inc.
>Please be advised that on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 
>12:00 PM PST the MP3.com website will no longer be 
>accessible in its current form. 
>Following a transition period, CNET Networks, Inc. plans to 
>introduce new and enhanced artist services. If you would like 
>to receive e-mail updates on these new services and notification 
>when they are available, as well as an invitation to their special 
>artists-only preview, please sign up here. 
>Your personal information, music, images, related content 
>or other information will not be transferred to CNET 
>Networks, Inc. or any other third party. MP3.com's content 
>administration tools will remain available until the site is 
>redirected on December 2, 2003. Please note, however, 
>that promptly following the removal of the MP3.com website, 
>all content will be deleted from our servers and all previously 
>submitted tapes, CD-ROMs and other media in our possession 
>will be destroyed. We recommend that you make alternative 
>content hosting arrangements as soon as practicable. Please 
>remember to update or remove all links and references to 
>the URL www.mp3.com. Additionally if you would like a 
>historical record of your page, we recommend that you 
>capture screen shots of the page as well as your artist 
>statistics pages since they will no longer be available once 
>the site goes offline. 
>MP3.com stopped collecting monthly fees for Gold and 
>Platinum Artist Service subscriptions as of November 3, 
>2003. For any monthly Gold or Platinum Artist Service 
>subscription fees MP3.com received during the period 
>beginning October 13, 2003 and ending November 2, 2003, 
>MP3.com will be issuing a refund that will be prorated 
>to reflect a termination of the subscription as of 
>November 2, 2003. For any previously paid annual 
>Gold and Platinum subscription fees MP3.com has 
>received during 2003, MP3.com will be issuing a refund 
>that will be prorated to reflect a termination of the 
>subscription as of November 2, 2003. Any artists 
>who subscribed to the Platinum or Gold Artist Service 
>after November 2, 2003 will receive a full refund of 
>any fees paid. 
>If you subscribe to any other MP3.com services, you 
>will receive separate e-mail messages with specific 
>information about refunds and service availability. 
>Participants in the truSONIC Business Music Service 
>program will be receiving an e-mail update about the 
>process for their continued participation in that 
>All content uploads will cease immediately. Approvals 
>of previously uploaded content will continue through 
>Friday, November 14, 2003. CDs will be available for 
>purchase through Monday, November 17, 2003 at 
>12:00 PM PST. 
>MP3.com will perform a final artist accounting and check 
>distribution on or around December 1, 2003. Any artist 
>account with a balance of at least $25.00 will qualify to 
>receive a payment in the final artist accounting (reduced 
>from the usual requirement of $50.00). Payment of CD 
>royalties will be included in the final artist accounting. 
>If you anticipate a payment, please verify and update 
>your artist account and contact information no later 
>than November 20, 2003. Click here for help updating 
>your contact information. 
>Please be sure to check the Sophie message board and 
>System Service Report (SSR) for further updates. 
>On behalf of all of us at MP3.com we thank you for your 
>patronage and continued support. It has been a privilege 
>to host one of the largest and most diverse collections 
>of music in the world. MP3.com wishes to express its 
>sincere thanks to each of you for making our website 
>an important part of your musical journey. We wish you 
>continued success. 
>P.S. Remember that in order to receive e-mail updates on 
>CNET's new artist services, you should sign up here today. 

Geeeze! What to do now?

tEd  kiLLiAn