MP3.com was originally a pure exchange market for recorded music, named after the music format MP3. Founded as the site of Michael Robertson. July 20, 1999 MP3.com went public.
The site was very popular to market their work to independent musicians. On 2 December 2003, the site was shut down after it was acquired by CNET. Were offered in addition to downloading the songs also hit lists grouped by genre or location, as well as statistical data that gave the artists information about the popularity of their performances. Musicians had three different subscription types with different features to choose from: Free, Gold or Platinum account. The download was free, but users had to sign up with an e- mail. In addition to the Gold and Platinum accounts deserved MP3.com especially with banner advertising money.
Many artists have their music available at MP3.com.
The new owner of the domain MP3.com had first used the service as a platform for established artists in operation and linked to the services Gamespot.com and TV.com as Entertainment Network. In November 2006, then again the original concept, all the artists and fans launched a common platform for the publication of music, videos and related information to offer.
MP3.com for fans
For fans, so users who only consume music but do not want to produce itself, offers MP3.com unlimited access to free music and video already established artists. In addition, fans can download over 60,000 free files with interviews, music and video recordings of new artists. Each fan has the chance to start your own fan blog, and to save his own profile. Changes in preferred artists and albums are tracked automatically. Fans can also use the community options: they can assign rankings for groups, write your own reviews, leave comments and interact on the message boards of the groups. These possibilities correspond almost exactly to the original approach of MP3.com.
MP3.com for bands
Band members can take advantage of all the possibilities that have fans, but are additionally supported. Bands can MP3.com upload up to 100 megabytes own music, supplemented by up to 10 megabytes of photos and an unlimited amount of own music videos. Bands can make their proximity to other bands in the same category and publicly calling on the fans to vote on your band through special links. Artists get own blog tools provided and can manage their own forums. The band tools are complemented by automatically generated RSS feeds of new publications, which in turn can install the fans on their pages to stay up to date. An important feedback element should be the artist charts, which are updated daily.