There was a mixtape revival in 2008, and it looks to be over. Firstthere was Muxtape, which provided acassette tape interface for audio playlists. Then there was Mixwit, doing basically thesame thing. Then Muxtape shutdown under threat from the music labels, and judging by the tagline on the new Muxtape website, “relaunching soon, in the serviceof bands”, founder Justin Ouellette hopes to go legal. Now comesnews that Mixwit is closing its doors as well, saying
We’ve put a year of work into Mixwit so this choice wasn’ttakenlightly. I won’t go into the details of our situation but state simplythat we boldly marched into in a position best described as “between arock and a hard place.”
Filling the void now, Opentape.fmstands alone. And fittingly so. Opentape is software that allows peopleto host their own mixtapes. And it’s open source. That combination offeatures will make it very hard for the music industry to shut down dueto their copyright concerns. And if Mixwit donates their code toOpentape assuggested on their blog, Opentape will only get better and stronger.