I’ve never really been happy with any of the ‘now playing’-style plugins for Last.fm. So this weekend, I threw something together myself; something easier than a plugin. Now, I’ll show you how to get a simple, auto-refresh album cover in the sidebar, just like the one on this site. All you need is a small .js file (tiny!) and a standard WordPress text widget. Let’s get started.
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Save the following block to a
lastfm.js file and put it somewhere on your webserver. This isn’t a plugin, so it doesn’t need to live anywhere special. Open the file with your favorite editor and enter a Last.fm user name, api key, and a path for a placeholder (in case the API doesn’t return an image). (more…)