HMV and Popworld taking on MySpace with music social networking

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popworld.gifHMV is struggling in the face of competition from online retailers and download services, so could a MySpace-style social network be the answer? The company certainly hopes so – this morning, while announcing its latest profits warning to the City, it unveiled plans to launch a social network aimed at music, film and games fans.

Meanwhile, TV show Popworld is revamping its own website with, yep, MySpace-style social networking elements (i.e. profiles and blogs). Popworld has also launched a new mobizine, which lets people check out a bunch of new bands from its Popworld Promotes site on their phones.

Techspace has the full story on both of these moves. MySpace’s barnstorming blend of music and networking is clearly making waves throughout the music industry…

Stuart Dredge