Where is the last.fm or Pandora application for mobile phones?
UPDATE 2007/04/17: M3Solutions have put together a last.fm python app for SymbianS60 phones
What would I do if I had a flat data rate cost on my new EDGE smartphone? I’d use a version of last.fm/pandora for my mobile phone. This is how mobile phones could use the fact that they are internet enabled with equivalent speeds to some broadband networks to compete with proper MP3 players and satellite radio.
Auto-discovery of music you like based on OTHER music you’ve liked is big/will be big.
In an ideal world the apps would use the existing last.fm/pandora servers and have the same features of the Windows application. You would be able to buy/download tracks to your phone, and it would make money off of these music sales. This would also get around not being able to use last.fm/pandora in corporate settings.
The hole in one would be negotiating a contract to develop this for last.fm or pandora as this could be a huge, huge market. But if that didn’t work out, developing competing software for the wireless market could still be a coup d’etat (but would require more work developing contacts with the music market).
Music companies sell more music. Phone companies sell more smart phones. Wireless providers get more usage of those data networks they shelled out so much cash for (which will reduce costs over all, get more people into using their phone for data, etc). Mobile has a killer app to compete with the MP3 player / satellite radio markets. We take a chunk of the change along the way.
This isn’t a totally new idea. It came to me fully formed, but I can see that other people are having it:
It’s always a good sign that a lot of people are having the same idea at the same time because that is a clear indication that this is something the market can and will support.