Earlier today, I received the following email.
Dear Fuzz User:
Sadly, we are contacting you to announce that Fuzz.com is shutting down on February 13, 2009. Between now and then you may want to take the opportunity to post your forwarding information to fellow Fuzz users. It was with a heavy heart that we finally made the decision to turn off the lights, but because of increasing operating costs and flat revenues it simply no longer makes sense for us to keep Fuzz.com running. We offer our heartfelt thanks for being a part of it, and we’d like to give a special added thanks our avid, core users — true music fans who made Fuzz their home-base, and created a real sense of community.
Please note that once the site is shut down on February 13, 2009, the band and user accounts, and all other content on Fuzz.com, will no longer be accessible. For artists who have used the site to sell music, we plan to make a final payout within 60 days of the shut down.
Honestly, I am not surprised. Some of you may be saying, “never heard of it.” I never really used the site myself. It is a reminder that people are beginning to make choices about the sites they prefer. Considering the overwhelming amount of social media sites available, it was just a matter of time before some begin to shutdown.
There is some good news. Although Fuzz.com is biting the dust, their sister site, Blip.fm, is still breathing for the time being. I wrote about Blip when I first started this blog. It works like Twitter, but allows you to “tweet” or “bleep” with streaming songs. I don’t remember Blip having integration with Twitter, but it looks like it does now with a few others such as Jaiku and Friendfeed. I only wish they would add Plurk.com to the mix; that would be awesome.
Check it out if you’d like, and feel free to connect with me: http://blip.fm/contrapuntist. I promise to add it to my microblog mix more frequently.