Posts tagged with Last.Fm

Q&A: Last.fm's Chris Wistow on brands and monetisation

Streaming music online is a competitive business.

Spotify is probably the most recognisable provider, but the likes of Deezer and Grooveshark are also posting strong user numbers.

In order to keep attracting new users, one of the key challenges for streaming services is differentiating themselves from the competition.

Last.fm seeks to do this by tracking user listening behaviour and recommending artists based on their musical tastes. Since launching in 2002 the London-based company has collected 65bn pieces of track data from its users, which is obviously a powerful tool for advertisers.

To find out how Last.fm makes use of its data and sell its service to marketers, I spoke to commercial director Chris Wistow...

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Spotify's new apps reviewed

Yesterday, Spotify announced a new apps platform, featuring apps from Last.fm, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and more. 

Whether this apps platform provides ways for developers to monetise their apps is up for debate, but I want to look at the apps released so far, and whether they enhance the experience for Spotify users. 

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Social media meets Xbox Live

The convergence of the television and the web has been promised for more than a decade now. Anyone remember Microsoft's acquisition of WebTV in 1997?

There were good reasons at the time to see the potential of a marriage between the internet and the TV, and there still are. Like a lot of predictions, however, this one was a bit premature. But is now the time?

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Songkick launches as IMDB for concerts

London-based startup Songkick has just launched its social network for gig-goers, which lists a million gigs, new and old.

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The Songkick site is a database of concerts and tour histories crawled from around the web, so users can not only see upcoming gigs, but add pictures, ticket stubs, and review and reminisce about their favourite concerts.

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Q&A David Maher Roberts on music recommendation service The Filter

The FilterBacked by Peter Gabriel, The Filter is a recommendation engine that provides users with suggestions for music, movies and videos.

I've been talking to CEO David Maher Roberts about how The Filter has progressed since it launched last year, its recommendation services, and its applications for other businesses...

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Site review: Spotify

Swedish startup Spotify launched its online music streaming service in public beta a few months ago, looking to compete with established music sites like Last.fm.

Offering either subscription or ad supported version of its service, Spotify offers the artist and related tracks radio that is a feature of Last.fm, but has also provided a good range of tracks that can be listened to on-demand.

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