There isn’t any real shortage of social music service available right now but now another option — MuStation — has appeared on the market, hoping to set itself apart through a few interesting and unique features.
MuStation was founded and is owned/operated by Alabama, Georgia’s James Newton. It’s a social music service that aims to create “original” results by blending key features from sites like YouTube, MySpace and Facebook. This vision for the service isn’t exactly an original one — in MuStation’s recent press release Newton stated that his team is trying provide something fresh by ” . . . combining two of the most popular websites on the internet . . .” — but it does offer a handful of interactivity options previously unseen in social music.
The site is designed in order to allow users to stream music and share their favourites with friends through YouTube music videos, playlist creation, a healthy list of web-based radio stations and more. While this — the core feature of MuStation — is already being successfully handled by other services, the platform does differentiate itself by offering both kareoke and mashup sections.
Whether or not this is enough of a draw to give MuStation an edge in the crowded social music industry will remain to be seen. The ability to share embarassing videos (through the site’s community wall, chat rooms and friends lists) of yourself singing along to top 40 tunes could either make for a great timewaster or an ultimately forgettable feature.