It just works, it really does

A while back I posted about Rhythmbox including support for Open Content services such Jamendo and Magnatune. For a while now Rhythmbox has included support for last.fm and I have used it to update my account there. Well, today I went to fire up my music in Rhythmbox, clicked the last.fm entry and started listening to my Neighbour’s music. One click and I am now listening to a stack of incredible metal, perfectly suited to my tastes.

This is great for a number of reasons:

  • For last.fm to figure out the kind of stuff I like listening to it did not resort me entering metadata. I just listen to music, and it learns about my impeccable taste in music. :)
  • To access this Neighbour radio it is one-click-tastic. I click a button and I get some decent music.

This is exactly the kind of stuff I am talking about. Rhythmbox has made it easy for last.fm to learn about what I like to listen to and as such provide me with with new content via my Neighbour’s radio, all from within the comfort of a single Rhythmbox window.

We need more stuff like this in the Open Source desktop. Yes indeed. :)

  • http://xubuntublog.wordpress.com Vincent

    If only you’d upload your music to Last.fm :P

  • jono

    Vincent – how do I do it?

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  • http://www.last.fm/user/jonty Jonty

    Hi Jono,

    If you want to upload your music to last.fm, look for the “Labels and Artists” link in the footer. Yes, we know the labels site is currently a bit sucky – I’m working on it’s replacement right now..

    If you ever want any help, or have questions, feel free to email me directly and I’ll sort out whatever you need!

    Cheers, Jonty

    (Last.fm Developer, and fan)

  • jorge

    The nice thing about the radio is that you can listen to it anywhere. I usually don’t keep my music collection on my laptop when I travel (and tend to leave the ipod at home), so when I’m on the road I listen to last.fm radio streams and it ends up being a great mix.

    Also, look at last-exit (it’s in universe) for a dedicated radio app for last.fm, it’s nice. From there I can do things like “Music from the fans of Metallica” or “campd’s radio” which end up being great as well. The subscription to the full blown radio is like 3 bucks a month and has saved my sanity many times.

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  • http://schestowitz.com Roy Schestowitz

    Sound like quite a milestone. Well done!

  • Meneer R

    Maybe Ubuntu should turn some of these plugins on by default. Even the more experienced users need to be told. Nobody expects a treasure hidden in the interface like that. Stuff that cool. should be on by default.

    At least Jamendo, being all open content, should get this preferred behaviour. I believe in simple minimalistic interfaces, but there is big difference between some expert features and stuff that might actually be a selling point.