When NewsCorp dumped MySpace for nearly one-quarter of its purchase price, it marked the dawn of a new era in internet music hosting. Over the past few years, artists have grown increasingly frustrated with the clunky layouts, unappealing design, and the growing irrelevancy of the once-dominant MySpace. The new start-ups have given greater focus on meeting artists' needs rather than delivering a one-size-fits-all music-hosting platform. ReverbNation, Facebook, and the recent expansion of Spotify are just a few varied examples, but two of the current heavy-hitters who have found their niche are Bandcamp and SoundCloud. These sites have built their approach around the needs of individual bands and listeners, offering higher bitrate downloads, full-song streaming, and ease of embedding throughout the web. Additionally, the artists themselves make sales instead of the... More >>>