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10 Years Later, GarageBand.com Closes

After more than ten years of operation, the online music community Garageband.com has announced that on July 15th they are shutting down.  Users can register for an account on the social music discovery site iLike to have their page contents and song files automatically transferred over.  Anyone who has purchased music on the site and believes they deserve a refund can contact the company to request one, but it must be done before July 31st.

Here's the letter sent to subscribers:

Dear [user],

It’s been over ten years since we started helping discover independent music on the ol’ interwebs. Things have changed a lot since then. Most of those changes have been good and some of them have been bad. Some changes are just bitter-sweet.

It’s with this bitter-sweetness that we are announcing today that Garageband.com will be discontinued as of July 15th, 2010.

The landscape of how music is discovered and delivered has changed drastically over the last decade and we are proud to have been a huge part of that change — first with Garageband.com and then with iLike.com and beyond. Sadly, that landscape will not include Garageband.com anymore.

Link your account to iLike: (action required)

If you want to continue to make your music available for streaming or download on iLike.com and the iLike application on Facebook, please go to iLike.com and login with your Garageband username and password by July 15th, 2010. This will automatically link your account to iLike so we can port your music, profile photo, and biography to iLike.com.

Finally, if you have recently made a purchase on Garageband.com and would like a refund, please email refunds@iLike-inc.com to request a refund. Valid refund requests must be received no later than July 31st, 2010.

Sincerely,

The Garageband and iLike team

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6 Comments

  1. Really sad news. It shows us how short the life span of internet brands are. imeem, and now garageband. Musicians are constantly forced to spend time promoting themselves online, only to find those companies gone. Garage Band was there for independents, ilike is like wall mart. If anything, musicians are getting fed up with this fickle online dance.
    Anyways, Sutros is a fresh alternative with a social and cultural bias. It offers great services: ease of integration (facebook, embed, email), and sharing (creative commons). Sutros also allows anyone to Donate directly to the musicians (with no fee).

  2. YES!!! why!! Ten years are not so much time for the good thinks!I think we the GarageBand artists want explanation!

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