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arztde
2011-02-28, 05:40
Arround one year ago i did have a communication with a developer from LastFM stuff.

It was a discussion about some Ideas to use LastFM with the Xtreamer and to have an own Internet TV Musik station similar like MTV but specialized to look videos from your favourite scrobbelt music.

He did write me: "Thanks. I havenít tried out Xtreamer, but it looks nice. Iíve officially stopped working on my project a couple of years ago, but you can find plenty of articles about it online. Over the years Iíve had a couple of requests for integrations with other platforms, so I created an API. Documentation is pretty sparse, but it should be enough to get you started."

Youtube + Last.fm API
http://api.tv.timbormans.com/

I looked arround and i think its a good idea to focus developers a little bit to this API.

In general it seems to me not to much difficult to extract code because for example Locuth (SlimControl developer) use similar methods for the integration of the Lyrics inside the WinMobile remote for Squeezebox.

In general i think it should not to much difficult to adapt this API for different use and make it possible to have a free acces to LastFM.

pippin
2011-02-28, 07:34
It would have to be a free plugin since using the Last.fm API for commercial application violates their license.

arztde
2011-02-28, 08:48
It would have to be a free plugin since using the Last.fm API for commercial application violates their license.

I think special for the remotes what in general are commercial it is no problem to give a (Interface - Schnittstelle) for free developed Plugins.

At the moment SlimControl is not billed. Users can take and use it for free. Just need to register. Its just Closed Source. In this point special for SlimControl i do not see any violation. But with a Plugin interface inside other commercial products also i do not see a problem of violation.

Still exist a SqueezeScrobblers group inside LastFM for a Plugin inside Squeezeboxserver that makes it possible for users outside Germany, USA and UK to use LastFM in any country.