Feeds

Fring snuggles with Last.fm

But how long before the music stops?

Security for virtualized datacentres

Fring, developer of the free cross-network messaging and VoIP client, has added Last.FM to its supported-services list. It'll provide access to streaming music for S60 users who can share their musical tastes with the world via various forms of IM including Twitter.

Fring started out as a Skype client for Symbian S60 devices, a platform that Skype still doesn't officially embrace - but these days the chaps at Fring have included support for just about every brand of messaging service and provide some nice aggregation capabilities. Into this mix comes Last.FM, the streaming service that provides music based on your preferences, now directly to your phone.

Fring screen with banner advert

Technically impressive, and no doubt a godsend for those who can't wait to Twitter their mates with their listening habits (actually, as of writing the Twitter integration isn't quite working, but it will soon) as well as Last.FM users who want connect their streams to the phone as demonstrated in this company video, but this still won't generate any revenue for Fring.

The company has played around with various business models over the years, some quite innovative, but nothing has yet generated significant income. Fring is now testing in-chat adverts to pay for the business, though that revenue stream is far from assured; and despite signing distribution deals, including one with an Austrian operator, the company isn't making money.

The client is nice, though, and supports quite a range of messaging and SIP-based VoIP services as well as Skype. Just don't get too attached to it. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey
This Herod network's ace – but crap reception in bullrushes
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality
Oettinger all about the infrastructure – but not big on substance
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.