#3 Thread of Revelation: Collection of information about missing features

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In this thread you can find information about missing features.

Please let me know if there is a feature I have missed or if any of the
information is inaccurate or out of date. I have not included the features
covered in the service disruption announcement.


*Thanks for all the input. Sorry for the delay. To keep the thread true
to its purpose, I will stick to posting about features that used to be on the
old site and new features that will be introduced. I will not be posting suggestions for features or bugs with features that have been reintroduced.


Time horizon

"Now that things have settled down after the big release we'll get back in to our two-weekly sprint cycle. This means you should see releases every fortnight. The next one will be around 10-14 days from now."
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/beta-update-5th-august

«[...]core features that impact the most users/subscribers [will be] prioritised first»
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/further-updates

Some features are probably months away from being reintroduced:
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/sad-angry

I recommend reading this post for a better understanding of what is going on:
http://www.last.fm/forum/21717/_/2255064/2#f21310591


Features that will be re-introduced:


Profile page customization (choosing how many top artists are displayed etc.) [This seems to be somewhere between 'under consideration' and 'confirmed as coming back'. The first twitter link is positive, but the other links are more ambiguous.]
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/636125615561682944
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/top-bands
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/are-we-ever-getting-our-charts-back
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/636559552477966336

Events
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/what-s-happened-to-my-events
   - Event creation/editing should be back very soon:
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/643380061060636672
    -In the meantime: Tip on how to change location:
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/whats-the-matter-with-the-new-version-of-events

User journals
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/what-s-happened-to-my-journal-are-journals-coming-back
    -Before service is restored, journals can be accessed from: www.last.fm/user/USERNAME/journals

User groups and connected forums
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/what-s-happened-to-groups-are-they-coming-back
    -Can be accessed from (read only): http://www.last.fm/group/GROUPNAME

Taste-o-meter / user compatibility
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/where-are-my-neighbours

Neighbors
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/where-are-my-neighbours

Possibility of using streaming services other than spotify:
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/streaming-services

'Friends who listen to' and top listeners on artist pages
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/why-cant-i-see-which-friends-listen-to-a-certain-artist-an...

Artists/albums/tracks that you have scrobbled 0 times and tagged will appear in library (by design, the new site will not count artists/albums/tracks that you have scrobbled 0 times and added to the library. However, you can find the artists/albums/tracks you have added to your library with 0 scrobbles towards the end of your library)
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/where-are-the-artists-i-ve-added-to-my-library-but-not-scr...
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/tagged-artists-with-no-scrobbles-gone-fix-it

Playlists
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/639434486090870784

Image voting and upload
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artist-and-label-last-fm-features-disabled-at-launch-12th-...

Label pages
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artist-and-label-last-fm-features-disabled-at-launch-12th-...

Adding/correcting youtube content
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artist-and-label-last-fm-features-disabled-at-launch-12th-...
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/wrong-video-581q09bo4v6d9
   -Related: Voting data on youtube videos has yet to be restored
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/track-playing-wrong-youtube-video

Tag search + site with your tags
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/tag-search
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/my-tags

Average tracks scrobbled per day stat
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/average-tracks-played-per-day

More than 10 similar artists in ‘similar artists’ tab (I think it's safe to assume that this also applies to similar albums and tracks)
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/10-similar-artists-to-a-band

Access to more than 10 shouts
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/639090185607626752

Artist and track catalogue correction
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/how-to-request-a-correction-to-a-mistagged-artist-song

Auto-detection of inputting tags(?)
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/when-auto-detection-of-inputting-tags-will-be-work

‘Free download’ section on tag pages
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artist-and-label-last-fm-features-disabled-at-launch-12th-...

Weekly chart snapshots
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/where-are-my-weekly-chart-snapshots

API account creation
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/cant-create-api-account
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/trying-to-apply-for-an-api-key

Changing time zone
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/when-are-the-time-zones-gonna-be-fixed-5kqdu346ankti

Library - Sorting alphabetically and by tags
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artists-collection-ordered-by-name

New releases from bands in your library
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artist-and-label-last-fm-features-disabled-at-launch-12th-august

Music manager
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/artist-and-label-last-fm-features-disabled-at-launch-12th-august
   -In the previous thread I incorrectly wrote that the music manager was not coming back. My bad. It was actually just the old music manager that had been decommissioned:
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/where-is-music-manager-page

Deleting artist/album/track from library
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/how-do-i-delete-a-track-or-an-artist-from-my-library

Flagging images
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/how-do-you-flag-photos-on-last-fm

Info on the users you are following on home page
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/639434132313911297

last.fm/api/feeds
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/639090271636983808

Notification of new follower
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/639068861468274688

Ability to reset account (I'm assuming from the tweet it's on their to-do list)
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/637219148875960320

Ability to delete messages in inbox
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/636847329312657408

Page for weekly top tracks/hyped artists by genre/tag (the old “Charts” feature)
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/633994402323546112

Muzu videos
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/beta-update-5th-august

General statement on library
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/634302449562464256


New features that will be introduced:


Ability to change username:
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/username-changing

Artist disambiguation
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/uploading-your-own-artist-picture

Updated "now scrobbling" track without having to refresh the page
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/do-we-really-have-to-refresh-the-profile-page-to-show-our-...

Ability to scrobble more than one million tracks
http://www.last.fm/user/mudduck


Features under consideration:

Age, gender and nationality next to profile name
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/age-and-gender-info
   -As a temporary fix, include "Age • Sex • Location" in 'Display name' in user settings.

'Artist - Track' instead of 'Track - Artist'
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/new-website-okay-thats-fine-but-song-title-artist-has-to-g...

Flickr integration
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/lastfm-event-nnnnnn-event-codes-for-use-on-flickr-etc-appe...

Cover art in the "Recent Tracks played" section of user profile
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/636559552477966336

Not coming back:

Old site
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/looking-for-old-style

Subscriber perk: No ads even when logged out
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/subscription-ads

Last.fm widgets and imagegen charts
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/charts-publishing-charts-on-external-websites-using-the-ch...

Currently no information:


User profile

'About me' section with more than 200 characters + ability to use html/bbcode
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/638694174879977473
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/636472368110546944
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/633985294899920896
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/633992723813560320
https://twitter.com/lastfm/status/633991280733777920

Followers/followeds(?) who are "listening now"

Looking at scrobbles from the last 6 months

Event attendance

Recent Activity List

Link to ‘Home’ (Link to a website)

 ‘Last seen’

Acknowledgment of a library reset

Misc.

Artist page – Country and year of formation

Artist page – Ability to see top tracks for past 7 days

Artist/album/track pages – The date when you first scrobbled this artist/album/track

Artist/album/track pages – Intra-site sharing of artists/albums/tracks

Library - Ability to display albums you have played during the last month. One album cover per album. In descending order from the last album you played. (This sounds very specific, but used to be a feature)

Library - Ability to more effectively go deeper into the library
   -In the meantime, manually type the page you want to visit in the url: http://www.last.fm/user/USERNAME/library/artists?page=5 (you can select username, artists/albums/tracks and page number)

RSS feeds and embeddable widgets

Re-enable API V1.0 - especially feeds: user.recenttracks and artist.similar

Multi-tag/multi-artist radio

Shuffling of loved tracks

Banning of tracks on radio

Page for recommendations (+ ability to sort recommendations by genre)

Page for recently added tracks (+ link to this page on the home page)

Exporting of data

Ability to verify and synchronize your tags against the ‘LFM view of things’. Main problem: Too few search results. For a well-written explanation follow link: https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/thread-of-revelation-collection-of-information-about-missi...

Formatting in shoutbox and private messages

Display of basic user info when you hovering over a user name

Ability to change sort order in list of followers/following

E-mail notification of incoming shout and message

Transferring iTunes listening history to new account

Lab feature - 'Tag library': Possibility to browse all the artists in your library tagged with, for instance, "rock"

Lab feature - 'How are you two connected': Shortest path between you and the user whose page you're visiting

Lab feature - 'Blast from the past' as a distinct feature (this is now integrated into the home page)

Lab feature - 'Lab neighborhood'
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Posted 4 years ago

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So... it has been weeks now, what's added/returned. I am not seeing anything different??
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garynotrashcoug

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I think most of us were expecting a new release this past week. It's the weekend now and they're not back until Monday. Hopefully this coming week?
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Yep, it was supposed to be late this or early next week.
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Just looking at that list makes me tired. The fact that list is not shrinking makes me reach for the nearest alcohol. Their rather atrocious record regarding timeliness of most/all things in the the recent past make me... ungh(sound of my head hitting my desk). I really don't know why I check back and expect changes (restoring that list of things we already had, if you will). At least the forums are busy... like hospitals during an emergency. I think I could live with the changes a lot easier if we had back most of what they said was coming back. Right now it's like using a totally different beast/guinea pig.
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there's something new? like everytime I open the site is like the same shit. the staff is lazy as fuck.
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Does anyone know the size of the team of developers? The staff page (http://www.last.fm/about/team) lists 6 profiles, 4 of whom are managers (one, the CTO left last month), one developer, and one unknown (all via linkedin). Then a few more (Maddieman and jammus) from the posts on the staff page who are user support, and web team lead, respectively (via linkedin).

I'm just wondering if we could get some concrete idea of what our expectations should be over the coming "weeks and months" because almost none of the core functionality has been restored after over a month now (taste-o-meter, image upload), not to mention feature requests, ideas etc.
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There is a list of last.fm staffers in the 'about' section of this page. I'm not sure if the list is complete. Three staffers are listed as developers. Ben XO is also a developer, but not listed as one. This means last.fm has at least four developers.

What's certain is that the team is small: "That being said, please understand that we operate with a small development team, and the nature of software development is such that changes will not happen overnight, but in gradual increments (what the development team call 'sprints')."
http://www.last.fm/forum/21717/_/2255064/2#f21310591
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Interesting.... I know they've had the Java dev and web dev recruitment open for some time now.

Ben XO is the Lead Dev IIRC.
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that position has been up since I last thought last.fm might be a great place to work and was looking into it (several years ago). 
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With only 10 events per page, an artist's shows for 2015 can be spread out across 7 pages. That's super annoying to browse through.
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I want album pic next to song title in last played...
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For the love of GOD, what has been done since the initial move over to the new site? One single thing????? I can't discern one single thing, though i see lots of mentions of "what's supposed to happen soon or at some point"... should i just come back in a year? FFS, this goddamn site is getting on my nerves today, haha
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The Taste-o-meter is back! I assume/hope they'll expand on it and improve it.
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While I'm glad to see that they brought this feature back. IMO the meter itself doesn't look as pleasing to the eyes as the former one. Why not keep the simple bar? Change for the sake of change isn't necessary.
The bar could be positioned just right above the text, it wouldn't be a space hog anything. Nonetheless, this is a step in the right direction, I hope they keep it up.
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I agree, I prefer the line. However I don't have much against the current design, it's alright. What I would like though is having more bands listed, and perhaps a button that would take you to a "compare" page where maybe bands you share would be listed and some more data on compatibility. Just three bands isn't that interesting. Maybe a choice of how the compatibility should work too, either focus on recent listening or all-time bands.
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I noticed the reduced number of listed bands too, I swear there used to be four or maybe even five in the old bar. They seem to be taking a minimalist approach to this re-design anyway.

I also just noticed something else, if you hover over your avatar in the circular meter, it'll show the overall percentage of the compatibility. I thought this was a pretty neat nuance.

An in depth comparison would be just lovely. Some ideas for the data that could be used to enrich this:
1) Put the top 10-15 bands you and the person in question share in common against each other.
2) Under each band show its overall play count.
3) Display the date of the first play-history too.

In fact, if it turns out they're planning to improve this in the future, why keep this limited to mutual bands only? Why not take this to another level? There could be a comparison of the most listened to genres/sub-genres
I don't know how they would proceed with implementing the latter suggestion but hey, I'm just giving out ideas here.
I do realize that they have a very busy schedule nowadays, turning everything within the site into a round shape.
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Good suggestions Hunter. For the record, it was mostly 4-5 but it could be less or even none if you just didn't have enough compatible artists. As many artists as I listen to, I was always amazed when I'd encounter someone for whom I had nothing in common.
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Compatibility and "Song title - Artist" is back!!!

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Keep coming last.fm
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L'amener sur!!!
Good place: My recommendations are almost solely a reminder of what I have listened to, not many suggestions if any,very linear - anyone else have this problem?

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Songs scrobbled from my iPod are starting to get stuck in cache again....urgh.
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Hi Donyvi,
I wanted to make sure these 3 things were known to the team:
1) There are many missing Muzu vids that should be on track pages - when will they be re-imported?
2) We need to restore the ability to add YouTube URLs for missing videos (and to flag incorrect videos, and to suggest better ones)
3) There should be an option to select an exclusive stream provider -- currently either YouTube or Spotify (if more stream partners are added, we should be able to select a specific subset of the available ones)

Thanks!
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seems that something is going to happen again... so devs, don't forget about this...
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I think it's "ok" that they have top albums now on our pages (as well as top artists)... but the problem is at least half of the new albums I listen to don't have a picture on the last.fm site, so I get that big ugly grey circle. And I can't even upload the picture to the artist page to fix it (because I can get the pic easily).

I suppose a problem like this must be VERY low on the priority list in last.fm mystery land... where who knows what kind of conversations take place about the work that needs to be done on the messiest upgrade in Internet history!
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Actually Jon has stated previously that they are currently working on image upload and all the logistics around it, so.... "soon" maybe? There's supposed to be a new release today or tomorrow, so we'll see.
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It will be soonTM
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They have revived shout histories but only partially, it is limited to 50 pages (in the case of artists at least). The earliest shouts for artists who have become popular since last fm has been around are interesting. I like to what users who left those shouts are listening to now and whether they've consistently picked up on artists who later become well known before anyone else. So I don't think we can say that this feature has been fully revived and so should remain on your list of missing features (assuming it's already on the list).
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I like to what users who left those shouts are listening to now and whether they've consistently picked up on artists who later become well known before anyone else.

haha... so i was not the only one interested in this... :D
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It's obvious what they are doing. They're losing money so they've cut the site to nothing (features need programmer bodies to maintain them data takes up space on servers etc, it all costs) then only bring back as little as possible gauging what they should bring back on user responses. In that way they have the smallest cheapest to maintain site they can get away with. This has previously been their approach to losing money when they removed the streaming service. Cut the site down and hopefully the money saved will cover that lost by disgruntled users leaving. There is nothing they are doing that will attract new users.

However this feature slashing strategy is a flawed approach because although most features may be used by only a small percentage of users each user has they're own pet features that no one else seems interested in. So by removing minority features you actually risk angering the majority of users.

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