RJ just announced that he, along with the other two founders of Last.fm are leaving Last.fm. Details in this post: Message from the Last.fm founders, Felix, RJ and Martin. This is a big deal. RJ, Felix and Martin laid out the roadmap that just about every music 2.0 company would follow. They continuously brought new innovations to music discovery that are now standard for music sites, innovations like scrobbling of music taste, web services to allow access to all of their music data, social tagging of music, recommendation radio, to name just a few.
I hope that the folks remaining at Last.fm will keep the vision of Felix, RJ and Martin alive, and I wish Felix, RJ and Martin the very best in their next venture(s). (I guess it is time to pay really close attention to playdar).
#1 by zazi on June 10, 2009 - 3:29 pm
I think it is time to pay more attention to services like midomi, because often people don’t know the artist or track by name (that lies in the nature of music – to remember melodies or parts of a track). So the problem is still to deal with fuzzy queries of all kind (textual or contentually (query by melody, query by example, …)).
So generally the idea of playdar is good, but I think it become sucessful, if it can support fuzzy queries.
#2 by Garg on June 11, 2009 - 8:15 am
Should’ve seen this one coming with the sale of Last.fm to CBS Interactive. I hope they take their magic and produce something just as awesome with less red tape.
I deleted my Last.fm account when they started charging in my country.