Controller-free listening is the promise as Microsoft has revealed an alliance with streaming music service Last.fm to feature on its new Kinect motion sensor system. With a wave of their hand or a voice command, users can play, skip, ban and love tracks.
Last.fm has generated more than 2.5 million new registrants since debuting on the Xbox LIVE entertainment service, with users streaming in excess of 70 minutes of music per session.
Kinect for Xbox 360 will allow users to enjoy entertainment on Xbox LIVE and 17 Xbox 360 games controller free.
The Last.fm app takes the music discovery service one step further by allowing the audience to play personalised radio stations created from any one of the millions of tracks in Last.fm’s vast library, and love, skip or ban individual songs without the aid of a controller.
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“Working with Microsoft to develop and launch the updated Last.fm app which is optimised for Kinect navigation provides users with an innovative and engaging music discovery and personalised radio experience powered by Last.fm’s recommendations on a next-generation entertainment gaming platform,” said David Goodman, president, CBS Interactive Music Group.
“Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways, and is an ideal environment for the functionality and fun that Last.fm’s millions of users expect.”
In related news, Last.fm’s app for Windows Phone 7 will be available for free download when the handsets go on sale in the US Monday, 8 November.
Since the debut of Windows Phone 7 in Europe on 21 October, Last.fm ranks among the top downloads in the Windows Phone Marketplace.