After more than ten years in business, GarageBand is shutting down. No, not the Mac software. The music website! Geez, don’t you remember GarageBand?
GarageBand.com was part of the first wave of indie music communities. It was one of the first places where bands could go to post mp3s, and have them submitted to a peer review process. And it was one of the first places where listeners could go to browse through a large collection of unsigned bands. The deal, for artists, was that to post one mp3, you had to review thirty songs by other bands. Way back in 1999 when the website launched, this forced march community participation thing was pretty fresh.
But that was then, and this is now, and there are other options available to indie aritsts (ahem, GigHive, ahem). GarageBand lost a lot of traffic over the last few years because it stopped evolving. First, the makers of GB created iLike, and then iLike became part of MySpace, and somewhere in there, everybody just moved on.