[Lopy notes: Spiral Frog finally launched, and we finally reviewed it]
It’s been nearly a year since I first took a look at the concept behind Spiral Frog, the website that offered to give you FREE music as long as you sat through advertising. I didn’t think that it was a concept that I was going to really care for, but I was totally willing to at least give it a shot, since at that time, the site’s launch was going to be by the end of the year. The year being 2006.
However, as I noted at the end of 2006, Spiral Frog pushed back their release date to Q1 2007, so we had to wait a big longer for our FREE music. How much longer, no one really knew, as reports surfaced about problems behind the scenes. At various points, I tried to sign up for previews and emails via their website, but I guess that I’m persona non grata.
Then, something weird happened. At some point in the past couple of months, Spiral Frog has launched, but only a preview. And only in Canada.
Um, OK. Why? Don’t get me wrong: Canada is great, but it would seem to me that it might be a smart PR move to explain why. Instead, non-Canadians get this:
You were diverted to this page because we detected that you are not connecting to us from Canada. Unfortunately, at this time, we are only able to preview our service to residents of Canada.
Their website is totally mute on the subject: the Canadian preview isn’t even mentioned in their press releases. Actually, according to their press releases, nothing at all has happened with Spiral Frog for over four months. I’m not an expert or anything, but it seems like a preview launch would merit a press release. As well as links to the positive reviews from the enthusiastic Canadian press.
I sent an email to their press contact last week, but haven’t had a response. While I was never sure if there was a market for Spiral Frog in the first place, as sites like iTunes and Amazon begin offering restriction-free downloads, it looks like the market that Spiral Frog had been conceived for will be in a completely different place if they ever do enter it.
Of course, those of us outside of Canada may never actually find out.
Hey Canadians, what do you think of Spiral Frog??