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'Apple just f***** over online music subs for the iPhone' -- Last.fm co-founder on Apple's 30% cut

Speaking rather frankly on IRC, Last.fm's co-founder Richard Jones has condemned Apple's move to grab 30% of content-based subscription fees: "Apple just f***** over online music subs for the iPhone." Jones' apoplectic outburst is just one of many, too. Rhapsody yesterday said it won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, and CEO of on-demand music streamer we7, speaking to paidContent, thinks...

Groovylists makes Grooveshark playlists from iTunes, Last.fm, or Spotify

If you love music site Grooveshark for its huge streaming music library, but hate the process of recreating your favorite playlists for Grooveshark use, you'll love Groovylists. This little web app copies any playlist you've set up in iTunes, Spotify, or Last.fm, right over to Grooveshark, with a few limitations. Groovylists can't import playlists bigger than 200 songs, so you can't use it to...

Last.fm to require subscription for radio use on mobile apps

Starting February 15th, Last.fm will no longer offer its radio service via mobile apps for free. From that point on, a Last.fm subscription will be required if you want to listen on your smartphone. In the official announcement, Last.fm's Matthew Hawn spells out the reasons for the change. Unsurprisingly, it's got a lot to do with profitability. Last.fm on the desktop will continue to offer...

Hands-on: Tubeify mashes YouTube, Billboard, and Last.fm

While YouTube offers its own solution for music-lovers, it is not ideal if you're more of a listener. After all, YouTube leans towards watching videos, and its interface is geared toward that task. Still, YouTube does carry an awful lot of musical content, and there must be a better way to harness this wealth of content and make it into a personalized radio of sorts. Indeed, this is what Tubeify...

Playlistnow.fm is a simple way to find music that's right for what you're doing

When I'm in the mood for some new music these days, I usually turn to 8tracks. However, Playlistnow.fm might prove to be an interesting alternative. Its claim to fame is a search box that starts with the words "I am." (It's kind of like Facebook's old status messages that started with "Jack is ...") You enter whatever it is you're doing (in my case, "I am writing a blog post," although I did try...

Last.fm dumps streaming, focuses on recommendation

Last.fm just made a huge change to its offerings, deciding to let partner services handle on-demand music streaming, while Last.fm focuses on the recommendation and discovery side of its business. It's a big loss for users in the US, UK and Germany, who have been able to listen to plenty of full tracks via Last.fm for the past two years. So, why the switch? Last.fm says it's because of the...

HacKey determines what keys you prefer music to be in

What key do you prefer to hear music played in? Most people aren't aware of a preference in this regard, but you might be surprised to learn that there are some clear key-related patterns to your listening habits. HacKey uses your Last.fm account to determine your favorite music based on a unique listing of your top 50 tracks by play count (both overall and for the last six months) and your last...

Social media a smash hit on the Xbox -- 2 million users in its first week!

It seems the recent addition of Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm to the Xbox Live experience is proving to be a hit! The jury's still out on whether Twitter has been such a huge success on the PS3, but I'm sure Sony will release a statement soon to compete with Microsoft. According to a spokesman from Microsoft, over 2 million users logged into Facebook using their console... in just the first...

Back from the dead? Yahoo Upcoming gets some surprise feature love

It's been a number of months (if not longer) since Yahoo showed any love to its Upcoming events service. Since acquiring the service in October 2005, the service has seen just one re-design - and few additional features since. However, in a largely-uncovered announcement earlier in the week, Upcoming now offers a new Jumpstart feature that scans your Pandora, last.fm and iTunes libraries and then...

YouScrobble mashes up Last.fm and YouTube

Music fans have been using YouTube as a quick way to listen to songs for ages now, and it looks like developers are finally catching on. I recently told you about TubeRadio.fm, which turns YouTube into a pretty nice little music player. Now there's another YouTube/Last.fm mashup called YouScrobble. It's a similar service, but with a twist: YouScrobble is a music players, but it also allows you to...

TubeRadio.fm turns YouTube into a powerful music player

Using YouTube to listen to music is nothing new. Search for a song you want to hear, and you're very likely to find it, even if there's no official music video. YouTube isn't built to listen to music though, and that's where TubeRadio.fm comes in. It's a slick music player that lets you create playlists from YouTube, and can even find entire albums at once, using track listings and album art from...

Last.fm HD radio stations coming to major US cities

CBS, the parent company of Last.fm, is launching HD radio stations in the four largest US markets, powered by Last.fm. We've seen traditional radio stations go online before, but it's rare to see an online service take to the airwaves like this. The stations will play music based on Last.fm's weekly charts, which sounds like a Web 2.0 twist on the old call-in countdown votes on the radio stations...

Fire.FM adds a Last.FM toolbar to Firefox

Last.FM is an internet radio service that lets you create radio "stations" by entering artists you like and listening to an ongoing stream of music from similar artists. Normally you'd visit the Last.FM web page to get started and leave it open in the background while you go about your business. But Fire.FM lets you run the service from a browser toolbar. The Fire.FM toolbar is compatible with...

Microsoft to launch internet radio service?

A few months ago web-based music search engine and streaming media service SeeqPod dropped a hint that the company was working with Microsoft on... something. Now UK paper Telegraph is reporting that Microsoft is planning to launch a streaming music service similar to Spotify, Pandora, or Last.fm. Microsoft could launch the service by the end of July. Users would be able to either stream songs...

Songbird 1.2 released, now with iPod sync (sort of)

Songbird, the open-source, Mozilla-based music player, has a bunch of new features in version 1.2 that make it worth taking a look at. The most important addition is 2-way iTunes syncing, so you can import and export songs and playlists back and forth between Songbird and iTunes. If you thought the whole point of Songbird was to keep you from having to use iTunes, this feature won't make you...