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February 28, 2007 at 9:57 AM

iLike hits 500,000 users, including a Google bigshot

Seattle music startup iLike today said it passed 500,000 users and added several new features:

— Music “wishlists” for saving songs to play or buy later.

— Instant and automatic playlist sharing online. Friends can browse each other’s music libraries, sample playlists and buy or save to a wishlist songs they don’t own.

— Windows Media Player support. Until now the product worked only with iTunes. The WMP version is still more limited, but given the team’s Microsoft pedigree it’s likely to keep improving.

I meant to mention this earlier, but iLike received a nice plug last Thursday during a WSA dinner event.

Speaker Peter Wilson, Google’s engineering director in Kirkland, said iLike is one of two new “social discovery” services that he likes.

The other is Blue Dot — another Seattle startup with former Microsoft talent — that friends can use to connect and share Web content they discover.

Wilson was asserting that somebody ought to provide reusable components that startups could use to build social networking services, so the startups won’t have to build everything themselves.

Maybe that’s the next evolution of Blogger — a turnkey social networking/discovery platform? I’d call it SocialDisco.com.

UPDATE: Robert Scoble mentioned a few similar ventures that let amateurs build their own social networking sites. I think Wilson was talking about components for developers, instead of consumerish services like the Marc Andreesen-funded Ning, but either way I wonder what standardization will do to the category.

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