Thursday, August 17, 2006

Apple kills Last.fm?

Leopard is coming, the new system for Apple. And it seems that Apple is going to make a huge Social Software push. Like Wiki Server, iCal Calender Sharing, iScreen Sharing, Teams and iTunes Social Features Sharing.

iTunes Social Features Survey
According to MacShrine, Apple recently sent out a survey asking for information on the following details:

The ability to view a friend's wish list, with permission
The ability to view what a friend is currently listening to, with permission
The ability to view a friend's playlist, with permission
The ability to view a friend's recent purchases, with permission
The ability to view a friend's favorite artists, with permission
The details of the survey are nowhere to be found (so it may just be a rumor), but the need for these types of features is clear. People learn about new music from their friends, and iTunes needs to reflect that. Apple's recommendation system lags way behind those of Last.fm and Pandora, whose services make it easy to discover new music and connect with others. By allowing people to see what their friends are playing (and not just those people on the local network), Apple will do some sorely-needed catching up.

Read more on:
Wiki Server
iCal Calender Sharing
iScreen Sharing
iTunes Social Features Sharing

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