Last.fm is a music-listening service that provides recommendations based on user preferences. Rikki Tooley created an SDK in .NET language with the main goal to offer functionality beyond API bindings. This kit is supported in .NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8.0, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows Phone Silverlight 8. A quickstart guide is available with installation, usage, dependency, and planned features. One of the future plans is to improve identification of poorly tagged tracks using audio fingerprints and the MusicBrainz API. Because music lovers can benefit from the improvement of this feature, Rikki Tooley invites other developers to join the conversation on https://gitter.im/inflatablefriends/lastfm
Launching a new streaming music service in 2014 is not for the faint of heart. Companies like Spotify and Pandora have significant market share, Apple entered the space in 2013 with the launch of iRadio, and electronics giant Samsung wants in on the action, too.
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Naspter is one of the most recognizable names in digital music, being one of the first music distribution platforms when it was released way back in 1999. After much controversy, and changing hands several times in the last 10 years, it is now owned by the US electronics retailed Best Buy. Now the technology behind Best Buy Remix, the open API for Best Buy's product catalog, has been released to the public with the Napster Access API (for technical details see our new Napster API profile).