As announced and explained last week Sonific is going offline as you read this. This is indeed a sad day for all of us at Sonific, and for our many users, partners and content providers.
Note: if you have embedded a Sonific Songspot music widget on your blog or anywhere else you must now REMOVE IT (i.e. delete the code), otherwise your site visitors will get an error message or just a plain white nothingness-box.
We have received 100s of very supportive mails and encouraging comments from our users and there is quite a bit of blogosphere buzz about the reasons behind Sonific.com's voluntary shutdown (see my favorite snapshots below). One of the most astute comments is by Eliot van Buskirk at the WiredBlog.
If you are (were) a Sonific user and you have not heard about this unfortunate development until now we apologize for any inconvenience caused, and for our widgets going dead on you. We hope that you can find a good alternative somewhere else; check out this list, or this Music2.0 directory, or (my favorites, even though there are not exactly the same), Project Playlist (freshly sued by the labels * no comment) and Last.fm. New: a good Social Music Service Provider List is here
Please rest assured that we will not sell your email addresses to some spam outfit, or otherwise exploit your personal data that you have provided when you signed up.
Please note that, for now, Sonific.com and .net is down but the company is not - we are still in the process of evaluating a good many proposals and ideas to bring Sonific back, so... it's not totally over yet. One of the ideas we are investigating is to to return as a 100% user-generated site that allows musicians, producers, bands, record labels or publishers to upload their music, and any of our users to rate, tag and use it (non-commercially, that is).
If you want to stay informed we recommend that you subscribe to this blog's feed and / or my personal mailing list (Gerd's News). If you want to get in touch with us, for whatever reason, please email me (Gerd Leonhard, CEO).
Anyway, for now, Sayonara, Auf Wiedersehen, Salut, Ciao... Over & Out.
Gerd Leonhard, Co-Founder and CEO
PS: I do have another, even more fictional take on what the future may bring: Music will be SCARCE again. And so valuable. Read more here
And this is my Official Goodbye Video - in case you never got to try Sonific you can watch this: