Hammer falls on Muxtape

OMG, told ya!

Every picture tells a story, don’t it?
Every picture tells a story, don’t it?

As predicted by, well, everyone, the highly cool playlist-sharing site, Muxtape.com, now displays an ominous notice that the site’s owner needs to “sort out a problem with the RIAA.” On the other hand, the site’s Tumblr page reassures us that “No artists or labels have complained. The site is not closed indefinitely. Stay tuned.”

May I quote from myself on this? Why, thank you. Here is “the crucial problem with media content owners: They can’t figure out how to do cool projects like Muxtape or OiNK, which invite music lovers to spread information like pollen to the wind, so they methodically shut them down. Net result: the world is deprived of innovation, information and coolness.”

I have certainly spent cash money on releases encountered through Muxtape, but the RIAA isn’t happy with that. They want to charge the middleman who is advertising “their” music as well as the consumer who actually buys it. In fact, I think they’d like a piece of the action every time you even think about music. If it’s true that no artists or labels have complained about Muxtape, you have to wonder whom the RIAA is actually representing in this matter.