One of the premier independent music websites will no longer be in existence after next week. GarageBand.com will shut down effective July 15th.
The following message was posted on its website.
After ten years of helping people discover independent music, Garageband.com will be retired on July 15th, 2010.
The landscape of how music is discovered and delivered has changed drastically over the last decade. We are proud to have been a part of that change — first with Garageband.com and then with iLike.com, and today with MySpace. As part of the effort to deliver the best user experience, we’re focusing our resources on MySpace and iLike, and retiring Garageband.
Link your account to iLike: (action required)
If you want to continue to make your music available for streaming or download on iLike.com and iLike’s Music application on Facebook, please go to iLike.com and login with your Garageband username and password by July 15th, 2010. This will automatically link your account to iLike so we can port your music, profile photo, and biography to iLike.com.
We also recommend creating a music profile on MySpace if you have not done so, sign up, as iLike and MySpace are working closely together to deliver the next generation of tools and services for musicians and music fans alike.
Finally, if you have recently purchased Gold Membership or Contest Entry on Garageband.com and would like a refund, please email email@example.com to request a refund. Valid refund requests must be received no later than August 31st, 2010.
The Garageband and iLike Team
That’s too bad. There were many artists that used GarageBand.com to get airtime for Live365.com. Though the website will be morphed into MySpace Music, a part of me wishes it would still keep it’s unique independent style.
Just another casualty of the music business.