When streaming isn’t

For the most part, I’m not offended by the new community features added to Xbox Live last month. I use Twitter and Facebook, and seeing Facebook pictures on my wide screen is pretty cool. But Microsoft really dropped the ball with last.fm. I’m a pretty active user of last.fm and I was excited when I heard it was going to the 360. But now that I’ve used it, I’m pretty disappointed. I can’t start the last.fm option and stream music in the background, I can only listen by leaving the app running.

Until I can stream my last.fm music and play some Hexic HD, it’s another useless feature to me.


  1. I was pretty disappointed by the forced Zune interface. I enjoy watching game videos and I liked the way they were organized and accessed before. Having to go through an essentially different app with an arbitrary and unmoddifiable interface is a huge step backwards.

  2. I’ve never used Last.fm, but I’m really disappointed with the way the Twitter integration is on the 360. I’d hoped for at least an option that would auto-tweet when you get an achievement or somesuch, but as it is, it’s incredibly lame.

    • I thought about that, too, Tweeting achievements could get spammy, but if I was playing a game of Halo 3 and there was a way to tweet “I’m playing Halo 3, come join me” that might be interesting.

      Having twitter updates pop up like notifications that your friends have logged on might be doable, but could get to the point of being overwhelming as well.

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