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last.fm sadness

I tried to play a "custom radio station" in Amarok via last.fm today, and I get a message stating "This item is not available for streaming". I did some googling and read that this is a problem that may have been fixed as of Amarok 1.4.6. I upgraded Amarok via Ubuntu's backports and it still doesn't work. So I apt-get installed the lastfm Ubuntu package and tried that, and it still doesn't work. Depressing.

Then I read that last.fm streaming was gimped up a few months ago due to pressure from record companies. Those J-pop songs that I almost certainly can't buy in America were really bringing the industry to its knees. Thank God that was put to a stop, before all music on the planet ceased to exist.

The very latest version of the last.fm client (downloaded from last.fm manually) does let me play a custom radio, but only searching based on one artist at at time. The sucky Flash-based web player also works in the same way. Amarok does not, and I don't know what's going on there.

Neither of the official clients supports pausing the music either though, again because the music industry forbids it. I believe this is because every time someone pauses music coming from a radio station, a 20-dollar bill somewhere in America bursts into flames.

So there you have it. I'm not really going to use last.fm any more. Not a lot of point in it.

July 09, 2007 @ 6:49 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux

3 Comments

tante
Quoth tante on July 09, 2007 @ 7:39 AM PDT

The industry has just not yet realized how their business will have to be run in the future.

Dumbasses.

Baloki
Quoth Baloki on July 09, 2007 @ 10:14 AM PDT

If you use an English IP address you can still use last.fm in Amarok and some of the old features as our copyright laws arn't as stringent as the US ones yet.

Brian
Quoth Brian on July 09, 2007 @ 10:48 AM PDT

Yet.