Just two days ago we reported on the death of iLike, a streaming music service that once ruled over the land of Facebook with some 60 million registered users. If you try to go its website now, you’re automatically redirected to the MySpace Music homepage. While most of us think that’s a joke in and of itself — because, you know, who goes to MySpace anymore? — one of the iLike co-founders isn’t laughing about it.
Hadi Partovi spoke with Geek Wire and pretty much blamed both Rupert Murdoch, who used to own MySpace, and Facebook for iLike’s death. Read the full statement below:
Online music is certainly a difficult space. Today’s decision by MySpace’s new owners was probably an easy one, and one can easily argue that it was the right decision, given the state iLike was in by the time they acquired MySpace.
It’s sad to see a social music site that once boasted 60 million users (more than Spotify, or Pinterest), reduced to nothing. Rupert Murdoch squandered a lot of tech assets under his management, the fall of iLike is just scratching the surface. Given how much money Rupert makes off spreading the evil cancer of Fox “News,” I think he deserves the bad rap he gets for this mismanagement.
But much of iLike’s demise is also due to radical changes in the Facebook platform. If you look at the top Facebook apps of 2007 – iLike, Flixster, Slide, RockYou, SGN, Zynga, only one of them evolved enough to survive these changes, the rest died like guinea pigs.
Fortunately for newer apps, the current Facebook platform is much more mature and stable than it was in 2007 – it’s harder to build a viral app today, but that is a reasonable tradeoff for platform stability and a reduction in app spam.
On the positive side, the iLike team is all thriving at new startups. Some are at Facebook Seattle, some are at local Seattle startups that all your readers should check out: ThinkFuse, Familiar, and PaperKarma.