Wednesday, December 30, 2009

LAST.FM BRINGS YOUR SHINY POLISHED CD CASES TO THE DIGITAL AGE

I've been using last.fm for years. I've seen them grow out of their audioscrobbler plugin roots and into a full-fledged social community, and for those who haven't noticed the website all over google, the website is now basically the musical equivalent of Facebook (we're officially post-myspace, right?). They've made constant changes over the years, some I agree with, others I don't.

This one's bugging me, however insignificant. But I want to share it with you. See, last.fm thought it was neat to put a transperant "shiny" CD tray graphic over any given album's art, rendering it distracting and obscure. Sure, album art is being considered more and more niche as the mainstream embraces digital distribution more and more, but I'll take it whenever I can get it, damnit. Even if it's at 174x174 resolution.

I know Apple's trying on the "LP" gimmick by putting album-like interfaces with their music. Others I've read said that it's regressive and doesn't take advantage of the new medium. Well, that's the thing. The LP of the future will be interactive. So, whenever 'Pac-Man Fever' comes out on digital LP, it might just have Pac-Man on it. Wakka-wakka.

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