MP3.com vanished from 40 million subscribers' "Favorites" list
across the world when the Web site's new owner, C-Net, a company
based in San Francisco, closed down the popular site on Dec. 2.
The move will not only have an impact on music lovers but will
hit many independent artists as well.
The Front Porch Country Band, a country band based in the Central
Susquehanna Valley, was one of MP3.com's biggest success
The group is made up of: Johnny Jolin of Hughesville; Kim
Reichley, from Lewisburg; Alison and Richard Rupert of Hughesville
and Joseph P. Hauserman of Elimsport.
The Web site has been instrumental in the their success as a
group. "I thank MP3.com from the bottom of my heart," said lead
The band racked up a million plays on the MP3.com site. According
to Web site's statistics, it was the most listened to country band
in the world over the last 15 months.
Those numbers have landed the band in contract talks in
Nashville. In fact, Jolin said he hopes to announce a record deal
early next year.
Snagging a coveted recording contract would have been much harder
without MP3.com. The Web site allows musicians to speak directly to
"It was just a great tool for us to get in contact with
listeners," said Jolin.
That accessibility allows independent musicians to avoid the
traditional struggle to get noticed by the big record labels or
radio stations and speak directly to music lovers.
"Otherwise you get discovered the hard way," he said. "While
cleaning toilets or waiting on tables. This way it was a lot
And once discovered on MP3.com, The Front Porch Country Band took
"It allowed us to compete with huge, huge, country legends."
MP3.com statistics ranked the band's songs higher than country
music heavyweights, such as Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton
and Willie Nelson.
The reason is simple, said Jolin.
"I think it's just the music, you put all the hype aside and the
music speaks for itself."
It's an option other struggling artists won't have with the
demise of MP3.com.
"Hopefully something else comes along," said Jolin, noting there
are other similar sites, but none as large as MP3.com had been.
"I'd like to see another web site like MP3.com or I'd like to see
it continue. It's been a great opportunity for us."
MP3.com was launched in 1997. By 2000 it had 40 million
subscribers and featured a mix of major and independent artists. The
site boasted 1.6 million songs and over 250,000 artists.
In 2001, the company was sold to Vivendi Universal, which in turn
sold it to C-Net on Nov. 14.
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