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Or am i missing something?
(I thought i posted this last night so it might be around somewhere else)
basically they've removed all on-demand track previews, to replace them with links to spotify / we7 etc. you still get free tracks on the radio though.
free downloads still seem to work though, eg: http://www.last.fm/music/Tempertwig/Tempertwig
"they've removed all full on-demand tracks". you still get the 30s previews.
i use the site as a radio at work basically but can't tell you the amount of bands i've got into and CDs i've bought from a good track coming up in someone's library or artist radio and backtracking to their page and hearing a little more of what they've got. I guess i've been looking at Last.fm as a total package where they seem to see themselves as an app. or something like that. What about full tracks from independent artists who upload their own stuff? Surely this is a major loss for them. Shame.
On-demand streaming is one of the most expensive-to-run functionalities of last.fm, and they have failed to keep up with other, superior streaming services, such as spotify.
It appears that last.fm (or the bosses at CBS) have decided to cut their losses and swith off on-demand streaming.
unsigned acts aside (and i'm sure a replacement service will spring up to cater to them), last fm was a poor cousin to spotify when it came to on-demand streaming. plus, the web-centric design also throughs up loads of problems with geographic restrictions that Spotify doesn't suffer from because its software based and can easily control access. I'm actually surprised this hasn't come around earlier.
basically they're focussing on the radio, scrobbling and providing recommendations as thats what they're best at.
so long as the radio works I'm happy!
This sounds pretty crap.
So, if I udnerstand correctly - You can't just play one track in isolation, but the full track still exists in the site and will play if it comes up when you play the Radio of the band/neighbour/whatever?
I am blocked from Spotify at work but I listen to the last.fm radio a lot.
I thought it was a full-package site too, or at least that is what I thought they were trying to achieve. Weird.
For a site that is popular it can represent the biggest cost, greater than hiring/buying the actual servers to host the media. Most of these media rich sites run on the cloud now - and the companies that host cloud services make the most money from bandwidth costs.
So in short aboynamedgoo is correct - it looks like a cost saving excercise