Web 2.0 with Last.fm

12 Mar

If you love listening to music and fan of the social networking sites, you would enjoy Last.fm. Last.fm is a UK based social network focused on music.

Last.fm is the musical online community that allows you to create your own radio station based on what music you like, add friend and listen their radio stations and also find a new music through your neighbors. Last.fm offers social networking feature for the users. The most popular feature called “Audioscrobbler” allows you to record your music history such as artists or tracks. Once you start playing your music, Audioscrobbler will compile your music profile and generate your chart top overall every week for you based on genres, style and specific artists you enjoy the most and also recommendation other members that have a similar musical style with your profile.

Moreover, the architecture of participation for the site is both on explicit, songs reviews, creating new content, enriching existing content and also implicit, via its recommendation engine.

Last.fm supports tagging to create folksonomy of music. The tagging can be by tracks, genres or artist and also can create personal tag radio station that allow anybody listen your radio station even they don’t subscribed you. Using tagging and folksonomies are common for Web 2.0 styles in its value for user-driven added value and for community-based interaction.

Furthermore, if you are concerned about copyrights in music industry, Last.fm respects for the copyright of all artist labels. For example, the users are not permitted to upload copyrighted file but it is available to purchase in Last.fm.

However, Last.fm gives the listener listen to music for three free plays of any songs in its catalogue after that you can purchase the songs for more play.
For more information: “Music Manager Help: Guide to Music Copyright”

If compare with other popular music providers on the internet, the ability to recommend music based on listener styles make Last.fm is different from Rhapsody or eMusic.

Therefore, Harnessing collective intelligence is the key to create architecture of participation. In last.fm, users write an online review, Tagging and sharing the idea are all the ways to adding the value to the application.

References
en.wikipedia.org (accessed March 12, 2011)
www.zath.co.uk/ (accessed March 10, 2011)
oreilly.com(accessed March 10, 2011)

musicmanager.last.fm(accessed March 19, 2011)

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