I’m generally disappointed with the state of the World Wide Web these days. The WWW used to be a simple communications tool to share information on a globally connected network. I’m not saying that it should have stayed that way, but I wish we had taken a more structured approach to innovation. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t go into it again. My point for today is that Last.fm has done things right. It’s the only modern web service that I use regularly, and it does exactly what it needs to do – nothing more and nothing less. I am sitting at work right now listening to “recommended” music, a lot of which I’ve never heard before. I have to say, there is a lot of good music out there, from the 50s to modern day. I have been “bookmarking” things that I like so I can look into purchasing them after a little more listening (Last.fm is not a free music download service).
So, if you’re interested in music and have the time to listen to it, I’d suggest looking into Last.fm. It’s free. I’m listening to the Dixie Chicks right now. I never even thought to give them the time of day, but I like what I hear.