MP3.com, CNET's music discovery Web site, is launching various features through a new "MP3.com Community" tab on its home page. The function allows music fans to create a personalized music experience

MP3.com, CNET's music discovery Web site, is launching various features through a new "MP3.com Community" tab on its home page. The function allows music fans to create a personalized music experience, as well as network with others who share common interests.

"We're building a community based on music," says Tim Mitchell, director of MP3.com. "We didn't want it to be a free for all. One of the complaints about [other networking sites such as] Myspace.com and Friendster is that their tools weren't useful."

The enhanced community features allow fans to create a personal profile; rate and review artists; track favorite artists; and compare playlists, wish lists and preferred download sites. CNET launched a similar community for videogame fans through its Gamespot.com property in July.

Since its beta launch in July, MP3.com has attracted 70,000 members. A recent survey of those users revealed that they listen to music for an average of 7.4 hours per day and spend more than $250 per year on music, with at least half spent on downloads.

Mitchell says MP3.com will soon add features such as message boards, private messaging and user journals (blogs). Additionally, the site will incorporate "unions," which represent a vehicle for communities to form around artists.

MP3.com claims that since its May 2004 launch it has served 2.5 million streaming music clip, and in August generated 500,000 leads to its legal digital music service partners.

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