Mixwit to Shut Down End of December

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12/18/2008 12:30 PM |

Well, this is a bummer. It was only a matter of time, we suppose, but we did so heart Mixwit, the little nostalgic digital mixtape web site that could! It brought you The L Magazine Mix, after all, which, really, we hope we can resurrect in some other form, somehow (send us exclusive mp3s, we like them!). For now, though, an email this morning brought word that Mixwit is shutting down at the end of this year.

“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,” wrote co-founders Michael Christoff and Radley Marx. They’ll try to find a way to preserve user playlists and cover art, and CNET reports they’re also considering donating Mixwit’s source code to the OpenTape project.

The full memo after the jump.

We regret to announce that Mixwit will cease to exist at the end of the
year.The website and profiles will be turned off around Dec 27th and
all embedded widgets will stop playing before the end of December.

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.

You guys are all amazing. It’s clear that all of you put a ton of time and
effort into your mixes. For me personally, I was looking forward to all of
the designs people created for their tapes. There was a lot of basic tapes
and many lovely photos, but the designs and artwork – WOW!

We’re very sorry that this has to end. We’re going to try to figure out
some way to archive the artwork and playlists, if for nothing at least
historic value. As for now, everything needs to be shut down by the end
of the year just to make sure we’ve got a clean start for 2009.

We’ll return early next year with a new company and new toys. Until
then, enjoy the holidays and please take good care of yourselves,
your families, and your friends =)

– Radley & Mike

Bummer: Web mixtape service Mixwit to shut down” [CNET]