For the last 6 months I have been an avid user of the website Mixwit. The “mix tape” sharing site allows users to create online mixtapes and share them with friends. Users can pull songs directly into Mixwit using a built in search from services like Skreemr, Seeqpod, and ccMixter or they can manually add songs from outside websites.
Unfortunately I received a message in my e-mail this evening from Mixwit announcing that the site is shutting down on December 27. According to Mixwit’s blog the original shutdown date was December 21, but due to hosting issues they will be up for 6 extra days.
No real details were provided as to why the site was shutting down, but Mixwit creators Mike and Radley had this to say,
“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.”
On December 27 profiles will be turned off and by December 31st the site will be completely dark. Mixwit’s creators are looking for a way to make the mixtape artwork and playlists available for historical purposes, and will notify users via e-mail where they’ll be able to find their stuff by the end of the year. In addition they are considering donating their source code the OpenTape project.
I have personally put months of time, effort, and even emotion into some of my mixes. Over the last six months I created nearly sixty mixes, many of which had significant meaning to me. A close friend of mine and I exchanged mixes on an almost daily basis for months. The mixes themselves tell a story and act almost as a yearbook for her and I. I also built my popular Twilight Saga soundtracks on Mixwit.
I hate to see the site go since I was a big fan of the site and saw a lot of potential in it. I wish the best of luck to Mike and Radley, and any others involved in the project in their future ventures.