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sometimes it’s useful to see Google ads, they may tell you some interesting things:
apparently, an advertiser of this sponsored link to the “community owned site” bought a ’wordpress.com’ keyword bid from Google
so, if you want to embed any of Last.FM’s widgets in your wordpress.com blog you are supposed to end up on the wordpress.org landing page (wordpress.org/hosting) and click on some affiliated links. (oh, and also you can’t discuss hosting in the .com forums)
because, as you might probably know, wp.com, being powered by the so called WPMU* application, is very limited in what can be embedded into user pages.
unless, of course, an interested service makes an “attractive deal” with Automattic.
I think it would not be an exaggeration to say that request to add Last.FM support is the most asked one on .com (see forums). Last.FM is a pretty much open platform itself, the sombre black WP logo is promoted on ’copy + paste code’ of every of its widgets. besides, there are at least dozen of various Last.FM plugins and widgets for WP from community. so, what’s the deal?
the answer is probably lack of that said “attractive” (for Automattic) deal. TGA, as always, nailed it again:
last.fm are doing pretty well without wordpress.com, so they had no real incentive to come courting them.
*) WPMU stands for WordPress Multi-User. however, the more proper name for it would be WMPB — WP Multi-Blog.