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Morning Hangover: Are Last.fm And Streaming HD Video Xbox 360's Sleeping Giants?

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Posted October 23, 2009 - By G4Sterling

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Morning Hangover: Are Last.fm And Streaming HD Video Xbox 360's Sleeping Giants?

Patrick has made much ado about the most recent Xbox dashboard additions, especially Facebook and Twitter. I totally agree with him there isn’t much incentive to use either of these features on your console instead of a laptop or a cell phone. But the other two features of the update? Those are much more worthwhile. The rebranded video marketplace (now Zune Marketplace) delivers streaming 1080p-quality HD video and 5.1 surround sound to your console within seconds. It’s a huge leap for the service, and clearly defines the role that my consoles have in movie-watching: I’ll use my PS3 for physical media (Blu-rays and upscaled DVDs) and my Xbox 360 for streaming content.

Also, as an iPhone owner, I’ve fallen in love with Pandora, but forgot my Last.fm login. I spent a very bleary-eyed Tuesday night reconfiguring my music taste to fit Last.fm. I can’t vouch for everyone, but I love the idea that I now have streaming music running through my game console (read: running through my entertainment center), and it’s full of possibility for me to discover new music alongside my favorites. I would’ve preferred Pandora, but I’ll happily take the Last.fm app for now.

360 owners, do you think you’ll use these features?

PS3 gamers, got a workaround solution you’d like to share with the rest of the class? The newest Winamp Remote isn’t really doing it for me.

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