By Jon Newton 10/7/03
MP3.com owes musician Steve Cox a huge vote of thanks. Because he saved them from disaster.
Cox sings as the Voice of Golden Eagle and promotes himself on MP3.com, the site bought by Vivendi Universal from Lindows entrepreneur Mike Robertson.
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MP3.com had become a shadow of its former self when Vivendi walked in to turn it into a shadow of a shadow. However, Cox uses it and, "When I went to my artist site URL this morning, I saw one of the infamous VeriSign redirects instead of my music, complete with the dreaded message, 'We didn't find: artists.mp3s.com'," he says "There is no Website at this address."
Further investigation showed the site was "almost entirely broken". While the front page was still there, any link that went to the MP3S.com 'sub-domain' was non functional and, "That meant the music charts and ALL streaming music services were down," says Cox.
"As an artist being directly affected by this breakdown my next actions were clear. I picked up the phone and called Network Solutions customer support," he says in a Net post. "Within minutes I used my own credit card to purchase a one year renewal for the MP3S.com domain."
The cost to Cox? $35.
[Everything seems OK today - the painful MP3.com front page is back in its full glory and the links we tried worked. The question now remains: Do we thank Steve for his trouble with a bunch of roses - or ....? - Ed]
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