LONDON (Hypebot) – Last.fm has launched a new section http://build.last.fm designed to showcase third party applications and widgets for the music discovery and social networking site. The apps extend the Last.fm experience across the web.
Examples include apps for Realtime, Skype and the BBC.com. All were developed using the site's open platform architecture and free webservice tools which have been available since 2003. The company estimates third-party apps on other sites (Facebook, bebo, etc.) added 19 million music fans to its user base in January in addition to the 21 million on the the Last.fm site itself.
Last.fm promises more expansion in 2008. “Our web services will be massively expanded in 2008, and Build.last.fm is the cornerstone of that strategy. The developer community is an integral part of the Last.fm experience and is really what makes the Last.fm platform so strong."