Sorry for making yet another RYM comparison, but I think the way they integrated the “play” button on release pages is quite seamless and not disruptive enough for anyone think that RYM is a streaming service. I think that as long as it’s just a widget and not a focal section of the page, it won’t detract anyone from the main point of MB.
Also, I prefer LB stats as a section in the sidebar along with all the other stat info. But maybe it’s just me, because I simply love this tiling design!
Oh, I didn’t know they had that! That’s an easy candidate for the sidebar (they don’t have more than one play button per page, maybe I’m expecting people to want a level of granularity that they actually don’t).
(doesn’t play in-page, they are links)
edit: now that I think about it, this is functionally the exact same as the ‘stream at…’ link we already have on MB pages. But the presentation is much more ‘action orientated’ (e.g. press the play button to play)