Update: I’ve emailed the founders for some more details. I’ll let you know whether get back to me.
When Muxtape closed up, I did regret the reasons – but wasn’t too sad. I used Mixwit, the cool little brother of Muxtape. Users could make mixes, based on songs from Skreemr and Seeqpod, and spice up the old-fashioned tape with a cool cover. Last night, founders Radley and Mike sent the following email to its users:
We regret to announce that Mixwit will cease to exist at the end of the year. [..] We’ve put a year of work into Mixwit so this choice wasn’t taken lightly. I won’t go into the details of our situation but state simply that we boldly marched into in a position best described as “between a rock and a hard place.” We’re very grateful to be have been part of the mixtape revival of ‘08 and are satisfied to be able to to bow out while things are still good.
Radley and Mile also praise Mixwit users with the fantastic artwork they’ve delivered. They’re trying to figure out some way to archive the artwork and playlists, “if for nothing at least historic value”. The Mixwit code might be donated to the OpenTape project.
The website and profiles will be turned off around Dec 27th and all embedded widgets will stop playing before the end of December. The boys will surprise the web scene next year with another company, they promised.
I absolutely loved this service and the way they brought music, artwork, and blogging together. Here’s a tape I made when my co-editor Boris and I rocked a Jukebox in downtown San Francisco. If you’re reading this article after December 27th, you’ll probably see nothing. How tragic.