I haven’t decided how I feel about last.fm’s series of moves. On one hand my son tells me that last has been invaluable in his discovery of new, old and especially “underground” music (as he identifies it).
On the other hand I am blindly and bitterly prejudiced against CBS but also find it difficult to give them credit when they are so deeply embedded in the corrupt, gouging, pre-internet archaic licensing system.
Regarding the 3rd party hackers who made mobile plugins, my understanding is that they were using undocumented URLs they scraped from the site. If that’s true then I have zero sympathy for them or their users. hack+entitlement=loser