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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
>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?
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