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.