MySpace Replaces All iMeem Playlists With Ads — Doesn't Ask Permission
from the is-that-legal? dept
With MySpace buying up some of iMeem’s assets (and leaving many musicians with little hope of getting paid what they’re owed), one of the big complaints was that all of iMeem’s public playlists simply disappeared overnight. This was particularly obnoxious, because plenty of people had relied on iMeem for legal music streaming of playlists they had put together. It appears that last week MySpace decided to add insult to injury and quietly started replacing all iMeem playlists with giant ads. I just checked the one iMeem playlist I had created on a different blog, and, sure enough, in its place was a giant flash ad for Beyonce ringtones.
This should be a warning for anyone using any third party widget maker for placing content on your site. You’re basically giving others control over what they display on your site, but it’s particularly obnoxious to replace something like a music playlist with an advertisement. Many sites that included iMeem playlists were non-commercial, and sneaking ads into them could potentially impact other issues. As we were recently discussing, Vimeo says that you can’t post its videos to sites with ads (even though it seems to ignore most people who do). But what if you had Vimeo videos on a site that also had an iMeem playlist? Suddenly that site has “gone commercial” with ads, even though the owner of the site might not even realize it.
As many people are claiming that streaming services like Spotify and the now-Apple-owned Lala are “the future of music,” including their ability to post streamable playlists, it’s worth remembering what happened in this instance. It’s certainly making me think twice about ever using a third party app for streaming content, knowing that they might just replace it with an ad down the road.