I signed up on fuzz.com in August last year but I have never been really active on this music discovery site. I wasn’t really fond of the music available there, to be honest…..BUT the site has had some great features (e.g. mixtapes) and above all the admins were dedicated to their community.
From their manifesto:
“We believe technological process and tools can never replace individuals and human interaction – maintaining a personal touch is vital.”
… how true !
click image for complete fuzz manifesto
Here is an abstract of an email I received some days ago.
“Sadly, we are contacting you to announce that Fuzz.com is shutting down on February 13, 2009. Between now and then you may want to take the opportunity to post your forwarding information to fellow Fuzz users. It was with a heavy heart that we finally made the decision to turn off the lights, but because of increasing operating costs and flat revenues it simply no longer makes sense for us to keep Fuzz.com running. We offer our heartfelt thanks for being a part of it, and we’d like to give a special added thanks our avid, core users — true music fans who made Fuzz their home-base, and created a real sense of community.”
Apparently, Fuzz’s sister site Blip.fm will continue to exist, but Blip and Fuzz can’t be compared, Fuzz was more a music site with great discovery and communication tools and Blip is more twitter-like.
Oddly enough, I am secretly glad I did not participate in the fuzz experience because it is always sad when a community breaks up … even if it is “only” an online music community.