Does anybody know if it's possible - or even legal - to access an album artwork database to display a thumbnail image along with the current song playing in a streaming radio app?
I have a potential customer with a shopping list of features and this is one of them! Apparently "other" radio apps he has seen have this feature.
Apple offers this API for free and is quite complete (includes artwork):
Pandora does it, but they have a deal in place with record companies for using music and artwork from the artists - I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure you would need to have similar permission from the artists is question. But it's purely hypothetical until you have more details about what art is to be used, and where.
From a technical perspective, if the resource exists on the web (or is in your possession on disk), it is trivial to include it in your application as an image view, background image on a view, or inside a web view. So there are no red lights from Titanium - very probably in the legal area, though.
What about checking to see if LAST.FM api would cover that?