Thursday Jun 05, 2008

Last.fm in a Box

Yesterday, Last.fm  announced a major expansion to its “offsite community” strategy by partnering with a range of social networks and other online destinations to distribute the site’s ad-supported streaming radio service.

Dubbed “Last.fm in a Box”, the service will be made available to “multiple online platforms”, including Bebo, Billboard.com, Break Media, CBS Television Stations, CBS Affiliates, eMusic, Frengo, Gigya, iGoogle, Live Nation, Meebo, MP3.com, Netvibes, Ning, Pageflakes, Photobucket, Piczo, Six Apart, Stardoll, WAYN.com and WordPress.com, according to the press release. Although none of the partner efforts are yet to go live — since the ink has only just dried — I read that each ‘Last.fm in a Box’ offering will be customized and integrated into partner sites “in a bespoke manner”. In other words, ‘Last.fm in a Box’ is both a strategy and a platform (backed up by a bunch of APIs), rather than simply a one size fits all widget.

 

Monday Apr 28, 2008

Social Networking Your Music with Java ME.

Happy Monday everyone. In between recording webinars with my partner in all things social media, Heidi, having to re-shoot videos because we were laughing too hard and planning for all things JavaOne, I was able to catch up a bit on some cool technology news. Strands, the team behind the social music site, MyStrands, have updated their Social Media Player for Symbian S60 and Java equipped phones. Picking up all the music on your device, Strands can recommend similar artists and songs, match you up with users that have similar musical tastes, and helps you navigate your musical neighborhood.  The cool news about this update is the inclusion of support for Last.fmand the sending of your track information to that service too. I think that is pretty sweet and will have to test it out on my Java enabled mobile phone...stay tuned on how it works for me...its not like I need any other excuse to get more music on my phone. ;-) 

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