MyxerTones: "As Seen on TV"

Yes, KTLA’s Kurt the Cyberguy did a little segment on MyxerTones that aired this week around the country on CW stations. It’s pretty funny to see people talking about our stuff on what feels like (but isn’t!) the local news. You half expect the people to say things like, “Gosh, he was such a nice neighbor. I can’t believe he was capable of that” or something. But instead, we got a lot of free publicity, and it wasn’t like 60 minutes where they sucker you into an interview and then make you cry before it’s over.

Many thanks to MyxerIndie New MaximumDonkey for showing up on such short notice to film the segment with Kurt in LA. They just happen to be a featured artist on MyxerTones this week. Me, I flew in to do an in-studio interview. Yes, yes, 5 hours on a plane for 3 seconds of airtime. But what’s important is that I am semi-coherent in the three seconds they spent on me. They could’ve just as easily picked a part of the interview where I was, umm, like, uhhhhhh, stammering and all that. Having a big camera about two feet in front of your face makes you kinda nervous.

Anyway, fun stuff! You’ll be sure to notice the new shiny red “as seen on TV” buttons appearing all over the site any day now…

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7 Responses to “MyxerTones: "As Seen on TV"”

  1. Anonymous April 7, 2007 at 6:58 am #

    cool

  2. Anonymous April 7, 2007 at 9:27 pm #

    New press? Good for you. I wonder how you guys are going to like the lawsuits you are going to get for supporting all the unlicensed (stolen) content that gets uploaded and distributed on your site every day.

    In just 2 minutes I have found content owned by R. Kelly & T. Pain(Both Sony/BMG), Disney, Viacom and more. It wasn’t hard since they were all on your front pages promoted as featured content.

    Understand that from this point on not only can you expect corporate legal to be on your case we also have people that will follow you from biz blog to biz blog pointing out the fact that you are seriously aiding the distribution of stolen content.

    I suggest you do a much better job of policing your members so that we as rights holders don’t have to consider you an enemy.

    Good day.

  3. Myk April 8, 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    Regarding “unlicensed content” from Anonymous -

    We have a very clear policy on unlicensed content being shared on MyxerTones, which you can find in our DMCA compliance statement and our terms of use.

    As you can imagine, policing a site that delivers well over a million ringtones a month from artists in every conceivable genre, geography, and position on the industry totem pole is a pretty difficult problem. I’m not going to say we’re perfect, but we strive everyday to keep our catalog focused on independent artists, as well as the more established artists (including many from major record labels) that use our services to distribute their mobile content.

    One of the things we do is only promote content from artists that have been verified (by a human) as being an independent artist. These artists are designated “MyxerIndies”, and are the only ones that we will promote or allow to charge money for content. Every MyxerIndie has to complete an artist profile that points at a homepage, bio, hometown, etc., that is used by one of our staff to determine if they are a true independent artist. Obviously, it’s not a perfect solution, and people can work around our system, but it’s the best we’ve figured out to do so far.

    We’re always looking for ways to improve our system and policies, and if you have any suggestions for us on how we can do a better job to keep things focused on content that originates from the content owner, we would love to hear from you. We have some experiments we’re going to be trying in the future that will hopefully work a little bit better than the current system, but it’s an evolutionary problem that we think about and work on every day. It’s a very complicated problem, and we’re doing our best.

    Thanks for the comments, and for bringing up your concerns. Please understand that we’re receptive to criticisms and suggestions by our entire user community, and we would love to hear from you directly – send to abuse@myxertones.com, or directly to me at myk.willis@mvisible.com.

  4. Anonymous April 14, 2007 at 5:12 am #

    well, even though you guys have got some really bad corporate issues… i for one would lyke to thank you for making this website. it helps me put all of my personal content on my phone and use it. i hope you guys can continue and keep working to help more people use their own content. thank you!

  5. Jimmy A April 18, 2007 at 9:46 pm #

    Even though some of the “content” is perceived to be “owned” by someone else is not a problem at all. Sampling happens all of the time especially by some of the most “talented” rappers out there today who can’t think of their own original hooks. I see this as simply sampling and not a really big legal concern.

  6. Anonymous April 26, 2007 at 12:26 am #

    People share music on a conssent bases whether it a famous rapper useing an beat or ever someone remaking a old song new Music is met to be heard without constritions…

  7. Anonymous April 28, 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    It is legal to play 30 seconds of a song on television, anymore than that and you have to pay.

    I’m not sure if that would apply to this as well.

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