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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Last.fm Gets a Makeover: Flash Player, Taste-o-meter, and more

Last.fm, the popular social music recommendation service, has added some much needed features today. Whereas, previously, you had to download its software to play Last.fm radio, now a Flash player is on every page. It's a big step toward making the service easily accessible to new users since almost everyone has Flash installed. Unfortunately, not working when I tested it.

Other features include a Taste-o-meter that's displayed on user pages, indicating how musically compatible you are with the profile you're viewing. First tested in Japan, the taste-o-meter is an interesting entry into the online dating aspect of social networking. An events calendar is also live, and the downloading service is back again. Free MP3s are always a crowd pleaser.

Rival Pandora is also worth checking out.


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sorry for the self-promotion -- you may also wanna check out our new service, iLike... it has a lot of features in common with LastFM, although it's not exactly the same. (iLike is simpler and has fewer complex features. iLike is more integrated with iTunes, more emphasis on discovering music via friends, and more emphasis on discovering free downloads indie music.) Our site is barely 3 weeks old and we have a long way to go, so let us know what we can improve :) -ali, ceo, iLike.com

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