Last.fm - why not make your platform Open Source?

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RE your API  - why not make it open source?

Hey Last.fm why don't you just make your platform open source and let the community develop it - isn't that the whole point of open source - so the firm isn't the resource bottleneck to broadening adoption and market share?

Surely since the API methods have been failing you must be losing listeners?  Wouldn't it be in your best (incl. commercial) interests to let us help save what has been a great platform, in order that the users engaged - after all it's the user generated data that's the most interesting?

We don't want to go somewhere else if we don't have to - if facing
losing your audience simply because of resource vs going open source, surely its worth it?

Let's hear from all those who agree, and invite Last.fm to comment - it's a proven model - all you have to do is get your development leaders to open the door and invite contributions, and access to a sandbox....
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Posted 3 years ago

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Jake Ledoux

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3 years later this is still relevant.

I would pour my heart and soul into making Last.fm the best platform it can be. Making it open source would be such an amazing thing.
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Jan

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From a business point of view this is an atrocious idea. Open source means the code is free to be changed, used and distributed for any purpose. Users can take the code, build and set up their own scrobble platform to compete with last.fm. CBS owns last.fm and receives ad revenue from it. Why would CBS choose to open its code to everyone, free to use, and then very likely create a competing platform (made by users for users)? It would erode last.fm's user base and thus also its ad revenue. Please, when making suggestions like this that supposed to speak to last.fm don't look at it from your own point of view but rather from the point of view to whom you're trying to sell the idea. And from that point of view the idea is dead on arrival.

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That's an antiquated way of looking at it. There are numerous open-source commercial projects. Most people don't want to clone the code, set it up on their own dedicated server, and maintain it themselves. They'd much rather use the already set up service. Some people will, but a vast majority won't.

Going open-source is 100% not going to happen, but for other reasons than yours.
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I remember an old post of mine...

https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/would-lastfm-accept-free-support-development-from-us-the-u...

Maybe it can help in answering your question
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Jake Ledoux

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That's really helpful, theaxel.

It's a reasonable response, and I'm glad to see they've at least acknowledged the idea. I myself would definitely apply if I was in the area, but moving to the UK certainly isn't happening. Maybe someday they might expand to San Francisco or Montreal.
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it seems there is a bit of fresh air in Lastfm, I feared the decline in the past, but now I've the feeling and the hope for a new website management.
I also believe that offering something good and appealing might bring more money to Lastfm, I was a subscriber, I was paying for the service, but after a while I stop to see value on it (specially when they remove the radio).
But that's another thing ;)
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I admire, but do not share, your optimism...