iSearchBetter

Doug and I have been muttering for some time about Amazon’s new approach. It seems to make a lot of sense that “user’s search on price, we’re never going to be the cheapest, so let’s take a cut of everything and host other shops”. But, what it does do is dramatically reduce the quality of your service. Recently I’ve found it impossible to filter out the third party crap that’s filling up Amazon’s ‘shelves’, and have a had a number of unpleasant (and unfulfilled) shopping experiences.

Welcome, then, iSearchBetter (unfortunately only American at the moment) that does exactly what I want (a bit like GMBMG), in that is searches Amazon and filters out the crap. Nice. We need a UK one.

BBC Last.fm mash up

I’ve been musing about tying Sleevenotez to radio for a while – it seems a fantastic way to increase the depth of a radio show without trying to turn it into TV-lite. Particularly for niche/genre stations it makes “What the hell is this?” a much easier question to answer. We get a step closer with a Yahoo! widget from the BBC Radio R&D team that allows you to listen to a BBC radio station and update your Last.fm profile with the songs you’re listening to. Sweet.