Weekend Web Roundup

Friday, 17 October 2008
by flaneur
filed under Announcements
Comments: 54

At Last.HQ we like to make a fuss over big new features and applications. But not every improvement to Last.fm is on the scale of an iPhone app or a site relaunch — the webteam also devotes time every week to fixing bugs, improving existing features, and generally sweating the small stuff.

We’ll occasionally use this space to point out some of the smaller touches that you might otherwise have missed. Here are a few things recently released into the wild…

Recent tracks settings

Right above your profile page’s recently played tracks is a new “Settings” option. Want twenty tracks instead of ten? Want to toggle images? Set your timezone to Abidjan? You’ve got it.

Also new is the ability to show what scrobbler and media player you’re listening with. We’ve just added support for some older clients as well.

Real-time listeners

When we relaunched the site this summer, one of the biggest new features was real-time user charts. Since then we’ve been working on scalable ways of bringing more real-time features to the site.

We’re currently testing one approach with our friends over at Motorola, who were interested in showcasing what people in various Motorokr groups around the world were scrobbling.

Now you can visit the group members page for the answer – just leave it open for a bit and watch! Once we’ve done more testing we hope to roll this functionality out in more places (all groups, friends lists, etc).

Lyrics

According to some on Last.fm, it’s all about the lyrics. We tend to agree! Historically though, putting lyrics online has been fraught with difficulty.

Through a partnership with LyricFind we hope to change this, in a way that fairly compensates songwriters much in the same way as artists.

As a start, we’ve put lyrics on more than 800,000 track pages and introduced lyric searching — in the U.S. and Canada only.

The internet knows no borders, so we’re working overtime to bring free and legal lyrics to the rest of the world.