January 31, 2006

Last.fm Player – custom radio station

Filed under: Music,Social Networks,Web 2.0 — Administrator @ 10:12 pm

Last.fm is a great Web2.0 example – social networking, tagging, free, user generated playlist…

Last.fm is the flagship product from the team that designed the Audioscrobbler system, a music engine based on a massive collection of Music Profiles. Each music profile belongs to one person, and describes their taste in music. Last.fm uses these music profiles to make personalized recommendations, match you up with people who like similar music, and generate custom radio stations for each person

Truth be told, the Last.fm’s Player is a bit, well, weak, but, that aside, I’m really happy with the music I’m getting pushed, for example: Laura Pausini’s “Viveme”; Jurassic 5’s “Hey”; and Long Beach Dub All Stars’ “Kick Down”.

There’s a lot of talk about increasing royalty payments for streaming services – we’re not sure if this would be the best move given the weaker economics (at least, with early adopters) of web streaming v traditional radio – what we’d like to see would be some type of blanket licensing – thus allowing for numerous subscription opportunities/possibilities.

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