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The DF Solutions multimedia set ups is one of those things you just wished you owned. Sadly, 99% of us never will. It’s a pretty similar solution to the Kaleidescape products we’ve seen before. This time it’s a 1TB HDD solution that’ll play and upscale video to Full HD.
The base unit, known as the Base, supports up to 17 audio outputs and you also attach link units, known as Links, to bring visual joy to other all sorts of other rooms in your palace as well.
You can store some kind of epic number of CDs and DVDs (20,000 and 3,000) and play back all the important video files – H.264(MPEG-4), wmv, avi, mpg, asf, qt, mov – but the real boon is the internet connection which brings you all the usual YouTube, Amazon, Google, Flickr widgetry plus the recent addition of last.fm too.
It’s all connected up by cat5 cables and has an absolute dream of an interface known as iDyl. It has to be seen to be appreciated. It’s like a sliding wall of all your media with just the right amount of information offered at just the right times.
As for the price, well, if you’ve got ask, then you can’t afford and I forgot to ask so we’ll never but perhaps by virtue of not asking then it means that I can afford it?
Sadly, I’m not sure the logic works the other way around.
Martin Stiksel, Felix Miller and Richard Jones, the three men who founded last.fm in East London in 2003, have today left the company.
Last.fm has been owned by American media conglomerate CBS since May 2007 after they bought it for £140million, netting the trio around £19million each at the time.
Rumours are bound to circulate that their departure has got something to do with the US blog TechCrunch’s recent posts, claiming that CBS had possibly handed over last.fm customer data to the RIAA without the site’s agreement.
It might also be worth noting that it is almost exactly two years since the trio agreed the deal with CBS. It might therefore be possible that there was a two year handover period in place. Details of the departure should be coming clearer in the coming days.
What is clear is that Stiksel, Miller and Jones’ idea has played a major role in the dramatically altered landscape of music distribution. With streaming music become more poplar and more commercially viable with services like Spotify, it is fair to conclude that these three developers will be remembered as pioneers of digital music.
Plus, they’ve all got millions of quid in the bank, so it’s not all doom and gloom.
(via Music Ally)
It’s important for Last.fm to do some shouting at the moment to prove there’s more to life than Spotify and Comes With Music. There is, and to prove what an excellent service they still are, they’ve launched a visual radio player.
At the heart of it, it’s still the same beast except now you get pretty pictures in a slideshow of whoever it is you’re listening to. They’ve also added combo stations whereby you can add more than one artist, tag or genre to your radio choice to receive a stream of more specific, more tailored music. So, now there’s no excuse not to listen to 80s, Pirate Metal, featuring Dolly Parton radio apart from the obvious.
Finally, Last.fm has added a history to the radio player so you can see exactly what you have and haven’t been playing. All good reasons to return what is still the best music discovery service on the web.
(via Last.fm blog)