[qi:005] It was sort of a good-news-bad-news kind of email. Toby Padilla, founder of MusicMobs, wrote in to let me know that he was joining Last.fm as VP of desktop & client software, and will be working on developing cool products for the social music company based in London. The bad news: MusicMobs, well-known for their Mobster recommendation software, was shutting down. (See, Mobster in the iTunes Hood.)
Almost four years old, MusicMobs never really hit the mainstream, even though some of us with terabytes of music always appreciated Mobster’s ability to find songs in our libraries. In many ways, it was too early to the social music game. Toby pretty much says so on MusicMobs.com.
Over the last couple of years things have begun to change. … Many competitive services were launching and our own costs were starting to grow beyond our ability to support them. I ended up spending less and less time developing the site and more time looking into ways we could survive and grow into a service everyone could use.
Toby tells us all playlists are available for download. “There was just too much overlap between what I had built and what they have. It was really taxing my resources as well. I felt that I could focus 100% on creating cool products if I didn’t have to maintain the legacy codebase/site. I am a bit sad about it though,” he wrote in an email. So are we.