0134: "Myspace"

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0134: "Myspace"

Postby Shoofle » Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:09 pm UTC

I don't know, it seems to me like the whole Myspace/music system offers a pretty decent and streamlined system to let poeple listen to music online.

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Postby wisnij » Sat Jul 29, 2006 5:47 pm UTC

The problem is those music widgets are set to play by default, so it's not "let" so much as "make".
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Postby Jesse » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:15 pm UTC

Yeah, especially when you're viewing through people's pictures and blogs so every time you return to the main page it hits you again.

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Postby Taylor » Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:31 am UTC

You can always tell when someone at school is on Myspace, because there'll suddenly be a burst of loud music that continues for a few seconds before the person turns it off.
Even going into your options and setting it to not automatically play won't always stop it.
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Postby Vyathx » Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:33 am UTC

To tell you the truth, at first I truly hated Myspace with its blatant misregard for user interface, eternally malfunctioning database system and the complete and utter rape of every W3C specification ever written. Now, however, I only despise it.

People are apes, and when you unleash them with the possibility of injecting CSS, youtube streaming videos and an assortment of other annoying gadgets, don't be suprised if your browser gets mollested.

On the other hand, people are apes, but it makes them listen to my music on myspace :)
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Postby xkcd » Sun Jul 30, 2006 1:38 pm UTC

I don't know, it seems to me like the whole Myspace/music system offers a pretty decent and streamlined system to let poeple listen to music online.

Whether you want to or not.

Myspace does a lot of things that are exactly what the internet is awesome for -- social networking, letting people share and discover new bands, letting friends communicate online, etc. It just does it in a way that is offending to all my senses :(

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Postby twenty10 » Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:53 am UTC

myspace is like the carnival of the internet. garish crap dressed up to be appealing.
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Postby bri » Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:51 am UTC

Hrm, trying too hard to be a direct descendant of geocities?

It is a pity that actually useful (for stalking, of course, but surprisingly enough for staying in touch too) ideas for 'mass participation' tend to suffer so much from... aesthetic deprivation. That said, though, there are sites like flickr which are both useful and well designed. So there is no clear correlation.

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In conclusion, my favorite bit is where someone has a horrible cheesy Fall Out Boy song playing on their profile, but then someone else has linked some horrible rap video in their comments, and two battle it out at the same time...

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Postby Axolotl » Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:23 am UTC

In my opinion,
MySpace is:
-a potentially enjoyable timewaster
-an effective way for bands to gain a following
-good for stalking
-good for low-key online socialising
-easy to use

MySpace is not:
-particularly well designed or managed, beyond the basic concept
-idiotproof: while easy to use, users are given the oppurtunity to add some really annoying 'features' to their pages, such as those ridiculous embedded music players which run without asking first (very rude)

REASONS I DON'T WANT YOU TO FORCE YOUR MUSIC ON ME WHEN I VISIT YOUR MYSPACE PAGE
- I'm on dialup (snigger if you want :D), so forcing streaming audio on me slows the rest of my browsing to a crawl
- I often play my own music while using the computer, and I'd really prefer to listen to ONE song at a time
- There's a fair chance that I won't like whatever it is you've chosen. If you want to recommend a band, do it. I'll make my own decision on whether to give them a listen or not, based on the type of music they play and whether or not my taste usually agrees with yours.

Luckily I've now realised that Firefox's Adblock can be pretty effective at dealing with this.

Anyway, please forgive me. I don't usually go on long, poorly-written rants, I swear.

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Postby Cowie » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:39 am UTC

For a period of time I flat out refused all links to myspace in a boycott of having music forced on me.
There was a time, long ago, when some shithead learned how to embed midis into his webpage, and the secret got out. Simultaneously, several thousand additional shitheads banged their heads on keyboards to simulate their favorite music in midi form, and distributed them all over the internet. These two equally horrible phenomena crashed together and created a web browsing nightmare made only slightly more tolerable by having a wavetable soundcard or wingroov, which would ultimately crash your shit. And then, there it was. The shining bastion of hope. A checkbox in IE. Disable music on webpages. Gone were the days of loading a webpage and being assaulted by the remnants of what could only be described as what would happen if TRL got a back alley abortion. I assume the internet continued to suck for several years while i couldn't hear it before people finally gave up. For a time, it was bearable.
And then it happened. MySpace came along, AND. RUINED. EVERYTHING. Again I am forced to live in constant fear of embarassingly lame music playing embarassingly loud from MY computer, and it's YOUR fault.

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Postby Pocket » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:15 pm UTC

Axolotl wrote:Luckily I've now realised that Firefox's Adblock can be pretty effective at dealing with this.

This Adblock of which you speak - I can't seem to find it. Somebody has made a music streamer that is invisible, and impossible to turn off. It is my ambition to destroy or disable it. If anyone knows how, shoot.

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Postby michaelandjimi » Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:08 am UTC

twenty10 wrote:myspace is like the carnival of the internet. garish crap dressed up to be appealing.
Screw you. Carnivals rock.

...I know he's never going to read that.
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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby V477 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:41 am UTC

I think there is a grease monkey script out there that strips down the page to the myspace default.

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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby soapBAR » Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:54 pm UTC

This Adblock of which you speak - I can't seem to find it. Somebody has made a music streamer that is invisible, and impossible to turn off. It is my ambition to destroy or disable it. If anyone knows how, shoot.


Here ya go (Firefox required of course). As for the invisible music streamer - there must be a plugin for it somewhere (assuming ABP doesn't take care of it) - google for it..

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Postby Ivy » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:20 pm UTC

Taylor wrote:Even going into your options and setting it to not automatically play won't always stop it.

It only stops it for YOUR profile, not for all the other profiles.

I personally have automatic play disabled. I'm usually listening to my own music while browsing and webpages that force me to listen to their music annoy the hell out of me, so I don't want to be the one doing it to other people with my MySpace.

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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby GonzoMcFonzo » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:46 pm UTC

Disabling that shitty music in 5 easy steps:
1. ditch FF for a real browser, by which I mean Opera
2. turn off speakers (for a moment)
3. go to myspace page with shitty music
4. right click on page, select "Block Content..." and block shitty music player, video player, etc.
5. turn speakers back on and browse happily

You only have to do this on one page and it should block them on every profile.
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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby Whyareall » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:22 am UTC

I read this comic. Then I set my music to "Trogdor" (ie VERY LOUD first 5 seconds) and the headline to the same on the comic.
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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby Grego » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:38 am UTC

GonzoMcFonzo wrote:Disabling that shitty music in 5 easy steps:
1. ditch FF for a real browser

Like Internet Explorer!

Sorry, but it needed saying. In the grand scheme of things, firefox lays its stake as being one of the better browsers (ie: not IE) whereas you make it sound bad.

Intriguingly, neither "firefox" nor "Firefox" are recognised as words by the browser's spell checker. That seems slightly...odd.

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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby evilspoons » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:49 am UTC

GonzoMcFonzo wrote:Disabling that shitty music in 5 easy steps:
1. ditch FF for a real browser, by which I mean Opera
2. turn off speakers (for a moment)
3. go to myspace page with shitty music
4. right click on page, select "Block Content..." and block shitty music player, video player, etc.
5. turn speakers back on and browse happily

You only have to do this on one page and it should block them on every profile.


Wow, it took your snide post to make me realize this: I guess Firefox is just a cheap facade and underneath it's actually styrofoam packing peanuts and clockwork. I'll switch to a real browser right away! :roll:

You can do this with Adblock or Adblock Plus in Firefox. Just open the Adblock settings window and look through the list of blockable items. This should let you pick out even the "invisible" players.

Or you could solve the problem the way I have and simply never visit MySpace unless you're going there for a band. What other possible reason would there be to visit that garish hellhole?

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Re: "Myspace" Discussion

Postby culled » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:55 pm UTC

GonzoMcFonzo wrote:Disabling that shitty music in 5 easy steps:
1. ditch FF for a real browser, by which I mean Opera
2. turn off speakers (for a moment)
3. go to myspace page with shitty music
4. right click on page, select "Block Content..." and block shitty music player, video player, etc.
5. turn speakers back on and browse happily

You only have to do this on one page and it should block them on every profile.

Won't that block the music player from even showing up? I don't have a problem listening to music on myspace, I just don't want to be forced to listen to music on myspace.


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