last.fm's new features

last.fm rolled out a set of new features today, including a flash radio player, free downloads, and an events system that will apparently include ticket sales options. You can see an event I’ll probably be attending tomorrow night here.

The new features are as well executed as is to be expected, though there do seem to be a few problems with the operation of the option for event promoters to ‘lock’ their events and it would be nice to know whether there is integration with any other event services such as eventful, upcoming.org and tourb.us. There are already far too many places for event organisers to list their events, and since those sites provide well structured data it would be good if there could be some sharing.

Techcrunch are among the sites with a write up, though you’ll have to look past Marshall Kirkpatrick’s frequent digs at “indie” music and apparent belief that there’s a clear distinction between indie and other artists.

2 comments

  1. “There are already far too many places for event organisers to list their events, and since those sites provide well structured data it would be good if there could be some sharing.”

    Agreed. Luckily, there’s already at least one place (and process) for that sharing: Pingerati. (http://pingerati.net/) It’s just a matter of getting all the interested parties to use the thing, in both directions. It’s great to have a dozen different takes on an event, but it’s even better if everyone knows about all the events. In both cases, it’s all about letting people know it’s happening.

    (Disclaimer: I work for one of those interested parties with the big flashy logos on Pingerati.)

  2. Absolutely. One of the reasons I even bothered to suggest the integration, which a couple of years ago would have been a pipedream, is that it’s now so easy to share that information.

    I note that last.fm are using hCalendar and hCard to mark up their data so they’re clearly not unaware of the possibilities.