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Musicmobs Joins The Last.fm Social Music Revolution

November 20, 2007

I started Musicmobs four years ago as personal project and an exploration into social music. When we launched things looked quite different than they do today. The phrase “Web 2.0” had never been uttered, Audioscrobbler was the only social music tool, Friendster was at the height of popularity and people were beginning to see the power of user driven content and bottom up design. Since then, I’ve devoted my life to developing Musicmobs and social music discovery. You’ve seen a lot of this work on the site and with Mobster. I’ve also spent a significant portion of my time developing music industry relations and in two-way conversations about how people will be listening to music in the future. Over the last couple of years things have begun to change. Musicmobs continued to grow to its current state thanks to all of our passionate users and the excellent help from Maribel, Chris and Jeff, but I knew this wasn’t going to be enough. Many competitive services were launching and our own costs were starting to grow beyond our ability to support them.

I ended up spending less and less time developing the site and more time looking into ways we could survive and grow into a service everyone could use. This led to much soul searching about the direction Musicmobs should take and where I wanted to be in the future.

I explored MANY options. Some were to go it alone as a startup, others were to join a large company or larger startup and continue to innovate with a greater pool of resources.

Late last year I started talking to Last.fm to see if the most obvious fit was also the best. Those conversations ended up getting put on hold as they went through their sale to CBS. Shortly following the acquisition, Last.fm reached out to see if I was still interested in the possibility of joining them.

A couple of flights to London later, it was pretty obvious that we should be working together. Not only was their vision nearly identical to my own, but we all got along extremely well and I was thrilled to hear that they were big fans of Musicmobs!

Specifically, they really liked what we had done with Mobster. A lot of what Musicmobs.com does is duplicated on Last.fm but Mobster continues to be a unique application. This was very exciting to hear since I always felt Mobster was one of the best parts of Musicmobs. Unfortunately, it was a piece that was really hard to keep growing since it required development on multiple evolving platforms.

In the end, I accepted Last.fm’s offer to help create the social music dream team 🙂 I’ll be heading up the desktop and client software division and working with some really amazing people to take the Last.fm desktop player to the next level.

Unfortunately, this does mean that Musicmobs will be coming down so I can focus on moving forward. Fortunately, since my vision was so inline with Last.fm’s, I will get to continue to develop on the ideas that have grown over the last four years. In many ways my work with Last.fm will be Musicmobs version 3.

I would like to thank all of the users that made Musicmobs what it is. It’s been an honor serving you to the best of my ability. I hope you’ll join me on Last.fm so we can continue to be on the cutting edge of music!

– Toby

Musicmobs on Last.fm: Toby Maribel Chris Jeff

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Recently Updated Stats

January 9, 2007

We just made a quick change to the index. Previously, the “Cool Musicmobbers” list consisted of users that were recently added as favorites. For a change of pace we’ve swapped out that list with “Recent Updates” which will show the last Musicmobs members to sync their stats. You will only show up on this list if you have selected an album cover for your profile. This should keep the index a bit more fresh and provide some transparency into what’s happening with the mobs.

iTunes Catalog with Musicmobs support

April 5, 2006

There is a new version of iTunes Catalog available that features Musicmobs support (syncing stats), among many other features. Be sure to check it out if you get the chance.

Playlist tagging and display

March 29, 2006

We’re experimenting with some new playlist tagging and display options, so expect things to be temporarily in flux. If you would like to chime in on the changes, we’d love to hear from you on our mailing list. Musicmobs Discussion List

My Music badges

March 27, 2006

A couple new things: In addition to the Javascript badges, we’ve got a some really cool new image badges. Check them out on your “Tools” page. To put them somewhere, just click on the badge you like then copy and paste the code (but be sure to specify your Musicmobs name in place of USERNAME). Also, in an effort to encourage communication, you can now delete comments you post on playlists and comments anyone posts to your playlists. This way if you make a mistake or something it’s not permanent.

Mobster 1.1 for Windows

March 25, 2006

Version 1.1 of Mobster for Windows is officially out! Go grab it and let us know if you have any feedback.

How to add Musicmobs data to your blog

March 23, 2006

The developer wiki now contains a how-to on adding Musicmobs data to your blog or web page. We created simple Javascript badges for your top artists, top albums, favorite users and fans. Displaying the data should be as simple as pasting one line of html on your page. Find out how to do it!

How to add Musicmobs data to your blog

March 23, 2006

The developer wiki now contains a how-to on adding Musicmobs data to your blog or web page. We created simple Javascript badges for your top artists, top albums, favorite users and fans. Displaying the data should be as simple as pasting one line of html on your page. Find out how to do it!

New Mobster for Windows

March 21, 2006

We’re almost ready to launch the new version of Mobster for Windows and it’s time to do some beta testing. We have two versions available for download. If you don’t have .NET 2.0 installed the second download includes it for your convenience. Mobster 1.1 Beta

Mobster 1.1 Beta Including .NET 2.0 Here’s a brief list of some of the new features:

  • Link playlist tags to Musicmobs
  • Added auto-complete for artist search field
  • Added stats auto-uploading, configurable in Settings
  • Improved caching of loaded playlists
  • Enabled double-click for lists of playlists
  • Offer more options in installer
  • Offer alternative installer including .NET Framework
  • New icons / graphics
  • Welcome screen with registration / stats uploading
  • Update ‘Publish Playlist’ tab after publishing
  • Improved performance when deselecting ‘Show All Playlists’
  • Fixed broken launching of ITMS when double-clicking track

If you have any feedback, bugs or suggestions. Please e-mail Jeff.

MobDev Wiki

March 13, 2006

Due to increased interest in 3rd party development, we’ve updated the developer documentation and moved to a new wiki format! The documentation is still pretty bare bones, but there is now an outline for more in-depth data retrieval and links to sample applications. Please mail us if you have any development needs or want to join the other developers on the wiki.