Like.com has launched the first social music discovery service designed for iTunes and iPod users. iLike helps people discover new music and share their listening experience with friends. The iLike Sidebar for iTunes complements Apple’s popular media player with a “buddy list” and features for music sharing and discovery. The iLike website (www.iLike.com) gives users a profile of their music listening habits and helps them explore the music libraries of friends. iLike also provides personalized recommendations of free MP3 downloads from almost 200,000 independent artists, drawn from GarageBand.com, the company’s first website.
The Seattle-based company features a legendary line-up of technology and music industry leaders, former Beatles’ producer George Martin (Chairman, Advisory Board), and Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads (Chairman, Board of Directors), among them. CEO Ali Partovi, co-founded LinkExchange, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1998. President and COO Hadi Partovi, was Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer and co-founder of Tellme Networks. More on iLike.com>> [24×7]
Real-time Seattle Traffic Tools
Commuters and people on-the-go now have even more real-time traffic information at their fingertips. WSDOT is offering three new tools to help drivers make informed travel choices before they get on the road:
* Traffic and travel information on your cell phone or PDA: Drivers will now be able to access the popular Seattle area traffic flow map, ferry schedules, mountain pass reports, and current travel times from their PDAs or cell phones.
* HOV travel times on the Web: Drivers will be able to see and compare HOV and general purpose lane travel times.
* Electronic highway message signs on the Web: Drivers will be able to visit WSDOT’s Web site and view messages that currently appear on electronic highway signs.
For more information:
Small screen traffic page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/small/ (to get started, type this address into the internet browser on your mobile device)
HOV travel times: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/traveltimes/
Variable message sign map: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/vms/
Web Tools FAQs: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/questions/ [24×7]
Amazon.com Launches Auto Parts Store
Amazon.com Inc. has added an automotive parts and accessories store to its Web site, offering more than 1 million new, used and remanufactured parts.
The Automotive Store, which can be found at http://www.amazon.com/auto, lets users enter the year, make and model of their car to find parts to fit their vehicles.
“We’re providing a broad selection of products for auto enthusiasts, who are passionate about the appearance and performance of their cars, but also making the Automotive Store convenient for the everyday motorist who is looking for basic car care and maintenance items,” said Steve Frazier, vice president of the automotive unit at Amazon.com.
The company said it will carry brands such as Actron, Fram and Lund, along with items listed by more than 250 independent auto, truck and motorcycle parts retailers, such as Auto Barn and Midway Auto Supply. [24×7]