Hot off an announcement that they’d be charging for radio access outside the US, UK and Germany, Last.fm has said that all non-official mobile clients will be banned. This isn’t going over well.
The spoiled-child POV is that this sux because they’re dix! But really this is nothing but good in the long run. When companies stop pretending to pay the bills, they help the market to become rational. Either they can afford the bill and should pay it or they can’t afford it and shouldn’t incur it. They have realized that they can’t afford it and aren’t going to incur it any more. Credit executive leadership at Last.fm.
As you could imagine, this kind of blows for a lot of people. Windows Mobile users will no longer be able to use Pocket Scrobbler, Symbian folks will have their beautiful baby, Mobbler, ripped from their hands, and BlackBerry owners will soon find FlipSide, a pay app, rendered silent.
To the Pocket Scrobblerers, Mobblerers and FlipSiders I say: there’s no substitute for real freedom. If some vendor is generous or forgetful enough to cover your bills, all you can say is thank you. And if /when the free ride runs out, just say thank you.