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Make GIFs and jam to free radio with Myspace's new iOS app

Caitlin McGarry | June 13, 2013
Myspace is struggling to shed its image as the OG dinosaur of desktop social networks, first with a radical new design and now with a new iOS app that puts Myspace's music cred front and center.

Myspace Radio has flown under the radar as a desktop feature, but might emerge as a competitor to Pandora and other streaming start-ups.

One word: GIFs
Yahoo realized that animated GIFs rule the Internet, which is why--OK, maybe just a small part--the company purchased GIF-tastic Tumblr last month.

The Myspace app features a plus sign that hangs out at the bottom of the screen. That's the content creation button. You can create a text update, post a photo, or make a GIF. It'll be interesting to see what Myspace users make of the GIFs--the format can be a creative restriction, like Vine.

"I really feel users are going to get in there and define where this goes," Tahmasbi said. "That creativity is going to help us see what the possibilities are."

The Myspace iOS app and a mobile redesign debut Wednesday, with other mobile platforms in the works.

 

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