Last.fm's New Semantic: A Focus on Costs, Revenue

6 thoughts on “Last.fm's New Semantic: A Focus on Costs, Revenue”

  1. I personally have no objections to them enforcing whats good for their business. What i have a problem with is enforcing regulations on the platform. Their latest post states that

    “# You won’t be allowed to use our API to stream to mobile phones. This is unfortunately a limitation of some of our licensing agreements. Again, we may be able to make an exception to this if you talk to us directly.”

    I think bending over backwards to appease the content creators, If i pay 3$ a month as an Indian user, why shouldnt i be able to use Last.fm on my mobile phone? Why bottle neck this down to “Talk to us?”, the independent developers get screwed. We dont have people to talk to their people!

    1. There’s no point beating Last.FM over the head about the mobile phone thing. It’s not their decision, it’s the music industry – their content partners – who have imposed that rule. Clearly, the music industry has seen what a lot of us have seen coming for a while now – that distribution of music via mobile is going to be a much bigger game than CDs in the future, and they want to keep that market for themselves. How can one blame Last.FM for that?

      I actually appreciate the way Last.FM is clearly trying to balance things, including taking a call on exceptions, “grandfathering in” existing popular applications, etc. I’d say let’s give them a chance to prove themselves before condemning them.

  2. I’m listening to Pandora.com on my iPhone over the 3G network right now. Love Pandora. I don’t really care what Last.FM does, expect that I feel bad for all the people who really enjoy it, but that’s what you get for free, never know when, terms will change, or it will go away.

    The idea that an advertising model just can’t work is nonsense. If you provide a great service and have enough traffic you will always be able to sell enough advertising. The reality is that some services aren’t that great, or weren’t well funded, or have too much overhead, or just can’t attract a volume of traffic (printed newspapers are finding this out now).

    So I’ll keep enjoying Pandora, until it changes too.

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