“ Social music platform. Show off your taste, see what your friends are listening to, hear new music, get personal radio, recommendations. „
Last.fm is a good mixture of music discovery and music data in one place. By 'scrobbling' your own music habits you can then discover recommended new artists as well as share your music with others.
Scrobbling? Well, yes, this is what happens when a song is played and the data is stored to your account. Once you've reached about the halfway point of each song, the song will scrobble and be stored to create an overview of your listening habits. All your scrobbling is done via your iPod or music on your computer as well as via music sites such as Spotify. You'll set this up when you begin a new account on last.fm.
To set up an account, you will first have to go to www.last.fm and create an account with a user name and password. Once you've done that you can add little widgets and update your 'About Me' section, to be found on the right of your profile. Your profile features your username and an avatar image as well as optionally, your age and location. Through my personal experience I have found users span all ages and nations worldwide as well as all genres of music. Alongside your name are the date you created your account and the number of songs you've scrobbled all together.
As you scrobble your music your profile will feature your most listened to artists, songs and albums. This data is stored on your profile all the time and stored under the last week, three months, six months and from the very beginning. You're able to tag songs and artists and that data is kept on your profile as well as create playlists and add favourite songs to your profile. Another feature is the option to include a 'shoutbox' at the bottom of your profile: this allows other users to leave messages and have contact with you. Most users refer to your music taste but I have had conversations about everything from football to fangirling old musicians (something I am sadly highly guilty of). When you're logged in you can see your compatibility with another user on their account - last.fm will tell you what, if any, artists you have in common and your suitablity. You're also able to find listeners with a similar taste to you under the 'neighbours' feature. People can add you, or vice versa, as a 'friend' (that 21st century favourite word) and should you accept, you can follow their music listening habits more closely.
Another feature is that users can contact you via your inbox, privately. I use this to contact people I actually know but have experienced one person who continually felt the requirement to share tracks and talk to me as if we'd known each other the past decade. Obviously referring to the Allman Brothers' classic, the guy from the USA kept calling me 'sweet Melissa' and dedicating songs to me, which is nice, but when you literally don't know someone... a little strange, don't you think? He eventually stopped after about ten messages. I know I am not the only person that has had this and I'm sure he was a truly nice guy, but I never asked he waste his time inundating my inbox with songs and dedications. I'm sure some get worse, though; after all it's the internet.
Every artist, every album and every song has a page dedicated to it which also has a shoutbox where users can express their opinions: this is not as bad as say, YouTube comments, but not all of the comments are constructive and interesting. You're not going to get in-depth music debate there. It is all quite light hearted really. There are also groups you can join dedicated to music-related subjects but I find it's not all that interesting. You're able to edit and update some pages and add artist pictures as well as create 'events' pages if you're off to a gig or festival, allowing people who are attending to join the page and share their experiences.
Finally and this is what the site sells itself on, you have got your 'radio' feature. As your library builds with the artists, songs and genres of music you listen to, your own radio station is created featuring a decent overall variation of your music. You will get the odd advert but nothing too disruptive and only to be expected. The songs that play the most are those where you've hit the 'love' button on, which are added to a list on your profile of your truly favourite songs. You're even able to 'ban' those less than desirable songs so they will never appear on your station again!
You also have a 'recommended station', which based upon your current listening habits, will play artists that relate to those you've scrobbled. I'm judging by my own recommendations but chances are, if you're listening to the Small Faces you already listen to the Jam, if you're into Billie Holiday, you already love a little bit of Dinah Washington and if you love Fairport Convention, you already know of Steeleye Span's contributions to electric folk. So you do get the obvious recommendations that will do little to enchance your musical knowledge. However some songs are more obscure and this is the plus. A downside to this last.fm radio station experience is, if you're listening to a new song that is not stored in your library, there's a chance that the version they play is not the original studio version of a song; in fact, they often play poor live versions or re-recordings of even classic songs. This can tempt you to hit the next song, as you'd expect.
My favourite way of using the radio station is to start a new one with tags. Example: add tags such as: '1970s', 'physcadelia' and 'lounge' and you should get a good mix of music tagged with those terms on your radio. Or you can go with up to three artists such as: 'Blondie', 'The Clash' and 'Patti Smith' and again, these artists plus similar ones will play. It all depends on your taste and mood, of course; those are just a few examples.
If you want to start your radio station after creating your account having no data in your library to go by, you'll be able to add favourite artists to your library straight away and play your station based upon them. When you sign up you're required to kick off your library by choosing a handful of your favourite artists anyway.
If you have a rather eclectic taste you might find it weird to listen to one genre of music and then jump to another and it doesn't flow all that well, but it provides a nice background music and at least you know you're getting something you like which isn't guaranteed on real radio stations. If you're listening to let's say, your guilty pleasure, you're able to turn off scrobbling and keep it secretive!
You're able to download the last.fm radio so you don't have to listen to it within the website as well. I also have the app on my smartphone which is nice and compact.
If you want to go advert free and listen uninterruptedly as well as play the radio on your phone and gain access to extra features in the 'VIP Zone', it costs £3 a month to subscribe to last.fm.
My library is at last.fm/user/melllisssa and this will give you an idea of what the site looks like design-wise if you've not visited as yet. It's a really basic but effective layout and I'm hoping that unlike, Facebook and YouTube, the people at this site actually realise that and leave it alone! I'm relatively low on data compared to when I first went on as I reset my account this year but that's last.fm, anyway. I must admit at times I have to remind myself it is there because my favourite way of listening to music is still the old fashioned way by CD player and vinyl, so this will not scrobble, which does miss out a lot of your listening habits if you do that too but you can set it to scrobble from your iPod, when listening on a bus or walking down the street so you don't have to be physically listening through your computer.
Help and frequently asked questions can be found at this page:
So get scrobbling and keep track of your music listening habits!
Last few days have been working my way through Last FM. Found it to be cool.
The scrobbler seems to remember the songs heard on your windows media player and try to match them on your recommended radio station. The scrobbler uses the the texts associated with the song like singer's name, genre, album name, etc to get their recommendations. It is specially good feature to have if one does not store tracks on hard drives.
What is good that there is option to skip and jump songs you would not like to hear at that moment with the option to completely ban the song to be recommended if you have a strong dislike for it.
My friends tell me that the scrobbler would start giving close choices after it is up and running for a longer time say 3 months. Hope it does.
Another good feature is the option to hear neighbourhood stations or different stations to get to know what they play.
Also with no adverts on Last., I find it preferable to the interruptions typical of a broadcast station like ClassicFM......aqnd others of the ilk...........and also now Spotify.
Also reviewed for Ciao UK under samae name and title.
Last.FM is a social networking site with a bit of a difference, you can also listen to a custumised radio, collect music stats and talk to people all around the world about the music you like and dislike. The site was founded in 2002 and in it's nine years of living reached out to nearly 40 Million users. I joined the site in January 2009 after being recommended by a friend and it's still one of the most visited sites I go on.
I enjoy Last.FM because I think it has some very interesting concepts such as being able to see how other people's tastes are similar to yours, similar artists to your favourite music, recommendations and being able to find new friends based on the music you play. I've discovered a lot of things I like and have made some good friends which has extended my experiance and made it even more comfortable.
It is completely free to register to the site and downloading their program, Audio Scrobbler is also free as well. Audio Scrobbler will work on pretty much any music playing software, including iTunes, Spotify, Windows Media Player and Winamp. If you have the iTunes plugin and sync the iPod, it will add the tracks you listened to on your ipod to your last.fm database of what songs you listen to. Last.Fm simply calls it scrobbling. I don't think this works for other MP3s other than the iPods, but I've heard of a software named Senses that can scrobble some of the songs you play on a Zune.
Most of the features are free, apart from some sections of the radio station. If you're in the UK, US or Germany than it's free, but to listen it it outside of those countries, you have to be a subscriber. Recently they lost some support when Last.FM announced that they were only going to make the iPhone app for subscribers only, and because I had the app before the announcement they gave me a free three month trial. Being a subscriber costs £3 a month.
With the subscription, you get a black dot on the top corner of your profile picture, you get to see the last six users who visited your profile, use to last.fm app in most places and access to more features on the radio. I personally don't think it makes much of a difference, since I don't use the Last.fm app on my ipod anymore due to a lot of crashes.
I wouldn't recommend getting a subscription unless you are very sure that you will use Last.fm radio often. If you're mainly using just to scrobble and collect stats from your music player, then it's not really worth it. In my two years of the site, nothing has really changed that much other than changing the ability to scrobble one track directly on the artist's page to being only a 30 second preview. If the track is clearly labeled as a free download, then you will be able to listen to the whole track.
Each artist or band that's been played will have a last.fm page. It will contain a photo gallery, tags, a wiki, archive of tracks, albums and charts of each of their tracks. The most common feature used is the shoutbox where people can express their opinion of the group. Some people use it just to express their opinions of the band. Most of the time if someone agrees with you, they'll copy and paste your comment.
"I believe The Beatles are awesome!"
"I believe The Beatles are awesome! (2)"
"I believe The Beatles are awesome! (3)"
I've seen some of these go up as far as 300. And not all of the shoutboxes are interesting. I like the Nightwish, Kamelot and Within Temptation shoutboxes the most because the regulars have turned it into a cyber party and most of the time it's off topic but often always interesting.
If you often post in the shoutboxes of artists and bands, be prepared for random friend requests. If random friend requests annoy you then you should mention it on your profile. Most users have around 30- 300. I currently have 434, but the most I've ever seen is someone having around 1200.
If you click on a user's profile, underneath their profile picture there will be a bar that will give you your musical compatibility. The colour of the bar will present how compatible, musically you are to another user; grey means very low, black means low blue means medium, green means high, yellow means very high, red means super. Below will include artists and bands you have in common. I find this the most striking thing on the site.
Last.Fm has also proven to be a useful site to new artists and unsigned artists looking for feedback on their work. If they promote themselves well enough they could get up to 100 new listeners, maybe a 1000 if they're very lucky.
I love this site because I managed to discover many new artists and singers I like, and some I feel a bit silly for not recognising them earlier. So far, I've had no real problems with the site, nor have I found anything that prompt me to moan. There of course some things that I am concerned about, such as if lots of bands share a similar name and the groups have a completely different style to each other, it may interrupt someone getting the right recommendations in their library. Something that's never occured to me before, but it's a possible outcome.
Overall, I would recommend the site. The best features are free to use, quite user friendly and there's a strong musical community feel to it.
Music and its genre should be the all-time favorite topic to be discussed by all music lovers all over the world. To be honest, as a music lover, I love spending my time sharing recommended artists or searching its mutual artists, with people around me who have the same taste of music. Well, my musics are including british pop, Icelandic, post-rock, ambient, shoegaze, folk, electropop, reggae, chillout, and so on. I really love talking with people who actually have the same taste of music, so we can share the recommended songs and artists. If you feel like me, and don't have an account yet, then go sign up immediately.
Last.fm is a radio online which enable you to hear your favorite music as well as the recommended songs that last.fm thinks fit you. It enables you to have a social network as well. You can add people as your friend, they also are able to see your music, vice versa. What a fun way to enjoy the music. It is one of my most favorite websites ever. How to sign up and become a member?. It is just two minutes to new musics!. First, open last.fm, then chose 'start your profile'. Fill in the blanks as usual, like the first time you sign up to other social sites. After that, just activate your account by opening your email address, then start with the new music in your taste.
The first time you are welcomed in Last.fm, you will be asked to write down your favorite artists as many as you can, separated with commas, don't forget to click on save button so last.fm can analyze groups of your artists which are writen as tags in the site. It helps you to be given the recommendations of other artists that are similiar to your taste. Cool, isn't it?. You can directly listen to the recommended songs from last.fm radio. If you forgot to add one of your favorite artists that are currently played on your iTunes, don't worry, this is another brilliant thing about this site ; simply download the last.fm scrobbler, click on its botton bellow, follow the instruction, then you will have an application which records what your iTunes plays into your last.fm profile. So your friends on last.fm will notice what songs you are playing at the moment.
If you open others' profile page, you can see their profile picture, personal information, top artists, the artists that are played the most, the artists that are currently played, and the compatibility. The compability could be very low, low, medium, high, very high, and super. If you have many mutual artists with the same tags, your compability with the person whose page you see will be super. It's way so fun.
When you open the srobbler, in the small window you can see the explanation about the artists, the origins, the genre, the members, and so on when that music is being played.
I have been using last.fm for more than two years and I never get bored to play with it. Now I have more than 500 artists in my library that have been played both from my iTunes and last.fm radio, and more than 200 friends from all over the world to share the music with. I know what artists people I have a crush on like, I know my friends' song list on their iTunes, and I can simply share mine with them as well. I know more about the artists that are similiar with my favorite artists. If you are definitely into music, what are you waiting for ?.
Last.fm is a fun way to share and find new music. I've been using last.fm for about 4 years now in which I've found many great artists.
To get started, you have to register an account which is free. Once you have registered your account you will need to download the relevant plug-in depending on how and what you use to listen to your music. I remember when I first did this, I was a little confused as they have other software available, but after reading the information more carefully on the site it was easier to understand. This plug-in will enable you to scrobble the music you listen to, meaning when you listen to your music the songs will get added to your profile. Again when I first started I was confused as to how to get my music connected to my profile once I had installed the plug-in, but after re-reading everything I figured I needed to put my account details into the plugin preferences (my username and password) in order for it to work, which makes sense!.
When scrobbling it basically just adds every song you listen to, to your account. Your profile is a record of how many songs you've listened to, which artists you've listened to, how many times you've listened to each artist and how many times you've listened to each song. It is great just being able to look through your own profile, I actually surprised myself at how much I listened to certain songs and artists. When viewing other members profile it tells you your "Music Compatibility" with that member, so for example it may say "High" and it will list which artists you have in common - again I find this a very good feature because if I have high or super compatibility with someone, I then like to look through which artists they listen to and try and find new ones which I haven't heard of before to see whether or not I'll like them.
For every artist which gets scrobbled to my account, they have their own information page, which is a huge thing that I love about last.fm. The artist pages usually consist of: a short or long biography about them. Pictures which users can upload and other members vote either thumbs up or thumbs down - the more thumbs up received the higher ranked your picture is, the highest ranked picture is displayed as the default image for this artist, members are also able to comment on the pictures. I enjoy looking through the pictures, especially when new ones get added. Videos, again this is something members can add themselves and other members may leave comments. Albums, this is usually a list of the available albums by the artist with a drop down menu giving you the option to buy the album and where from, which I find very handy. A list of events for the artist is also displayed, so you can find out when and where the artist is performing - this is something I make a lot of use out of, if it wasn't for this feature I wouldn't be aware of most events/shows taking place. Similar artists - this is what made me originally love last.fm, it will generate a list of similar artists to the one you listened to, this is perfect for finding new music especially since some artists have 30 second preview snippets of a song or two on their artist page, so you get to hear what their like and if you'll like them! Last.fm has almost any artist/band you can think of, I have yet to come across an artist I like which isn't on last.fm.
The community on last.fm is huge and there's many ways to take part. The most common one is adding people as a friend, I usually do this with people who share similar music tastes as it allows us to chat about other music which we may or may not know about - this can either be done via a private message or leaving a message on their profile page which is called a Shout. They have a thing called Groups which any member can create, about anything they'd like. I enjoy joining groups about artists I like and having discussions based on them. There is also a Forum, I haven't really read the forums much but they seem very active for those who do enjoy forums.
One thing to remember about last.fm is that it can be used for free. There is also a subscription available, which allows a member to have a couple of more features for £3 a month. I personally have never bought a subscription because the additional features aren't something I'd really benefit from but it is worth looking into in case the additional features appeal to you.
Last fm has taken a bit of a down turn, once a free fun easy and useful way to listen to the music you enjoy, meet others with similar tastes and find new songs and artists you didnt know of before. now only allows you to have a prview of each song unless you pay for a membership or use the scrobbler function, where you documentate the music you listen to from your own computer hard drive. however it still allows you to talk to and meet those with similar and different tastes in music, allolwing you to spend hours finding out about new artists. unfortunately this site can be rather addicting and before you know it you've spent the best part of a day on there. the definate advantage of this site is the ease of use the radcio function which allows you to find new songs you've never heard of before within a particular genre or those which are similar to a particualr artist.
Last FM is an online "radio" that can be found on the internet and also through Xbox Live, if you have a gold membership. It is not a radio in the general sense as I thought it would be, there is no live radio as you would usually hear from radio stations.
On Last FM, you have to create an account to be able to listen to the music, but this is free and only takes a couple of minutes to do, so no biggie there. If you create the account on your Xbox Live you can use the same account on the last FM website. One you have created an account and logged in, Last FM is very easy and simple to use.
You get to create stations based on your favorite bands. I initally thought that by creating a station, it would play just the band you have selected, but you actually get some songs by that band, and also songs from "similiar" bands. I have found some of the extra bands are just linked by the fact they are on the same record label and have no actual sound a like qualities what so ever. Luckily most of the bands added to these stations are pretty good and I have heard some good stuff since using Last FM.
If you don't like a particular band or song that comes up, there is the option to skip to the next song, or you can select the option for that song to never play again. Annoyingly there is no skip back option, so if you accidently skip past a song you wanted to listen to, there is no way to go back to it, which I find rather annoying, and hopefully one day in the future they will add a skip back function to the site. The songs do not play with their actual video, instead you get a slide show of pictures of the band that is playing, which usually consists of about 6/7 photos on a continous loop, which can get a little annoying but at least you do not have large waiting times on video loadings and you still get to listen to great music.
I find that listening to Last FM is a good way to hear songs from bands and artists I have not heard of before, and I have actually found some good new bands I now listen to on a regular basis. I have even found some songs from bands I usually listen to that I did not know they had released. Almost an education in the music world I think lol.
Pretty much any band you can think of is on this site, you name them, you can find their music on this site, even if you have to sift through a whole load of other bands that may or may not have the same kind of sound as your chosen band or artist. I am yet to have no results on a band I like, and I do listen to some obscure and rare music, so I am quite impressed with that fact. I often have last FM playing in the background when I am doing reviews ( I have it playing right now) and also when I am just surfing the net as I do not have iTunes on my laptop, just on my main PC, so it saves having to transfer all my music across from one comupter to another.
I also find this great to have playing on the Xbox as I can just let it play in the background whilst reading or doing housework. If you just want to chill out or have some background music on the go, then Last FM is a brilliant way to do this without having to sort through iTunes, CD's or Music Channels. You can control exactly what you listen to, and skip the things you don't want to hear, it really is awesome and the fact it is free to use makes it even better.
Personally I recommend Last FM whole heartedly, and you can find it either through Xbox Live or on the web at www.last.fm
Give it a go now if you have not already, there is no reason not to.
As someone who tends to buy cds and vinyls in the post and who possesses something of an aversion to mp3s (apart from in the case of personal mp3 players, which are much more convenient than lugging around a hundred cds with you wherever you go), Ive only been introduced to Lastfm relatively recently by a friend, but I must confess to taking an instant liking to the site.
Lastfm is a music site with a huge library that allows you to find new bands (in addition to listening to ones you already like) by simply typing in a band you want to listen to at which point a range of songs by that artist will play, with the site also playing songs by a range of similar-sounding bands. I was suprised at jsut how intelligent and accurate this software appeared to be- within minutes of using the site after typing in the name of a technical death metal fan of whom I am a big fan (Immolation), the site introduced me to a rather splendid (not to mention obscure) New Zealand band by the name of Ulcerate who did much the same thing but with their own twist on it. Whatever niche within a given genre you wish to explore, lastfm has it covered.
The site also remembers what you have listened to (and you can ban artists you dont like so they wont pop up again), building up a personal profile of music unique to you, and you can also leave comments and exchange messages with other users. Oh, and best of all the site is free! A fantastic site and a great idea, highly recommended to anyone looking to find new and interesting music.
Last.fm is a social network of sorts that counts the amount of plays on your iTunes or other music player. You can connect with friends and compare your top bands or songs, and you can join groups in a similar vein to facebook, only more musically orientated.
The last.fm scrobbler is used to count your plays which is a small download from the site, that sits in your tray on your computer. Double-click on it whilst playing a song and it will tell you the song has been "scrobbled" (means counted) and will give you information on the band or song. Also available from here is last.fm radio, where you type in a "tag" or band that you like , i.e. rock, and it comes up with songs it thinks you may like. It's a great way to hear new bands. Personally I've discovered three of four excellent bands from using it.
The interface of the website is fairly easy to use. You come to your dashboard first, which tells you of new songs you have played, or events upcoming by bands of music you have played. Also there are your friend lists of new "loved" tracks, (which you can do on last.fm player on your pc when a song is playing, just click love), and some free legal downloads. Clicking on profile takes you to just that, your lists of most played artists and songs, where you can see from the last 7 days, 3 months, 6 months, year or overall. It's a great way to see how your favourite bands have changed.
Last.fm os a great website which tells you all sorts of information about your favourite bands, lets you see who they are and introduces you to new bands. The only fault I have is that the player has constant updates, which can be laborious, and that Spotify is not supported...yet.
There are plenty of ways to listen to music. A lot of services charge for it's useage, so it is always great when you stumble across something that is free to play around with.
Last.FM, founded in 2002, is an internet radio site that caters for all kinds of music. Last.FM reccommends music to you based on what you listen to. Any music that you listen to on your computers is recorded by Last.FM's "Audioscrobbler" system. This creates a log on your profile of the song, and also goes towards lists that are created for different aspects.
These lists include a top 100 chart, so you will be able to keep a track of what your most played songs are. There is also a top 100 artists list, and a genre list. It is all quite detailed, and the more you listen to music, the more it is reguarly updated, so you can always check back and have a look at your latest musical statistics.
All of your listened to songs are displayed on your Last.FM profile page, which can be accessed via the website www.lastfm.com. This acts like a social networking site, as the user is able to upload their profile picture, write an "about me" section, and join groups that reflect their interests. Users can also use the "events" page, which will allow you to show people what gigs you have attended in the past, or are attending in the future. These will be displayed on your profile, and can be edited at any time. Users are able to add one another, which helps you to build friendships with like-minded people. Each user's profile has a 'Taste-o-Meter' which gives a rating of how compatible your music taste is.
Unlike a lot of music providers, the majority of Last.FM is free. You are able to listen to as many songs as you wish, and the adverts are kept to a minimum. The free membership allows you to listen to a variety of genred stations, or stations reccommended by Last.FM depending on your musical tastes. The good thing about this is that it helps you to discover new music which you probably may have not heard before. Users can also create their own custom playlists and radio stations which can then be shared and displayed on their profile page for any other member to listen to.
Most artists have their own biography page on Last.Fm's website, where information, latest tourdates and discographies are displayed, amongst other stuff. This is a great feature, as it will not only give fans information on bands they are interested in, but it also helps to promote the lesser known bands. Artists can choose to stream their music, or make it available for as a paid or free download.
Last.FM also allows users to choose to buy a Subscription to the service, which cost a measly £3 per month. This offers users no advertising on any of the stations, more radio station options, the ability to view recent visitors on your profile page, priority on the Last.FM server, which means that the radio station streams a lot quicker, and the ability to play Last.FM radio outside of the UK.
The scrobbling device in Last.FM's radio station is excellent. As well as recording the track you have listened to, you are also able to click the heart button, which is situated amongst the list of the usual icons play, pause and skip. Pressing this button enables the track to be "loved" by you, and will be displayed on your profile as one of your favourite tracks. This also means that these loved tracks will have a tendency to play more often when you are playing a radio station, or scrobbling your library, which is brilliant if you cannot get enough of certain songs.
Nowadays, Last.FM has gained quite a significant amount of popularity. The application has seen it's members reach over the 30 million mark. Last.FM can now not only be accessed via the net, or the downloable application, any Xbox owners with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to either make a new login, or use their previous Last.FM logins to listen via their Xbox 360 consoles. Here, you will be able to play from any songs saved from your music library contained on your computer.
As well as the Xbox 360 tie-in, Last.FM has also expanded itself to work with social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Users of these sites can download the Last.FM application, which will display your most recent listened to songs, or any of the charts in a position on your profile page, for all your friends to see.
Last.FM is an excellent internet radio/music scrobbler program that for the most part, is free. Everyone who signs up to Last.FM will start off with a free profile, with the choice to pay for a monthly subscription if they desire it. However, this subscription is not essential, it is good enough to use as a free program. Last.FM helps you to find new music, connect with other fans, and find out your musical statistics such as your top played songs. It will work with music players such as iTunes or Windows Media Player, and will run in the background whenever they are opened up. It is a great accompanying item that will help keep your music refreshing with it's huge music catalogue.
For those of you who do not know, last.fm is a social networking site dedicated to music. Basically, last.fm finds out what music you listen to by scrobbling (a posh term for keeping track of your plays on iTunes, your iPod, Windows Media etc.) it to your last.fm profile. From this, it is able to recommend new artists, events and songs to you, as well as showing you the artists and tracks that you listen to most of all. You can also connect with existing friends to see what they like to listen to in real time, as well as making new friends through last.fm's service of connecting you with users with similar musical tastes to you. Finally, and perhaps best of all, the radio feature plays new music to you based on a particular artist or genre of music that you selected.
Last.fm is only really useful if you listen to a fair amount of music, otherwise you won't listen to enough songs to give last.fm the information it requires to do recommendations. However, if you do listen to a lot of music, you will probably find it a useful, entertaining and informative service.
If you love music, then Last.fm is definitely a worthwhile port of call. Founded in 2002 as audioscrobbler, it has grown to have over 30 millions users, all of whom you can compare music tastes with and whose music profiles help build recommendations as to which other artists you may like.
To begin with, like most sites now, you register yourself an account and then you need to download the Last Fm application to your computer, which will scrobble anything you play from iTunes, Windows Media Player, Wimamp or your iPod. It's also possible to set it up Spotify to scrobble to your page too.
So here you have your blank sheet, you have a profile you can set up, similar to that of many social networking sites, minus a lot of the personal details, which is something I rather like about using this site, you can be as open or anonymous as you like You can upload an avatar and write an 'about me' section, alongside writing blog entries too.
Then, all you need to do is go to your media player and press play! The application will scrobble any song you play at least half of, and it'll show up on your profile page, gradually creating charts and lists of all the artists and songs you listen too (and the number of times you listen to them). This I've found can make it very clear which artists are your favourite (if you weren't already sure) by the sheer amount of times you listen to them!
Next step is that you can start adding all your friends and making new ones! There's a small bar at the top of other users profiles in which you can compare tests, if the bar is full and red, it's super compatibility, meaning you have very similar tastes and ranges down to low compatibility with a grey bar.
What I like about adding friends is that they appear on your home page with what they're listening too, a very easy way to find out about new music! Not only that, but should you go on a specific artists page, there'll be a radio station for that artist, where you can listen to similar artists and that artist if the songs are in last.fm's catalogue.
The other handy thing is that last.fm remembers what songs you've played. So you can open up the application on your computer and listen to your own radio station. I find this particularly handy as I still listen to a lot of music on CD and the application allows me to listen to a mix of everything without having to import it on to my computer or get down all the CDs all the time!
But one of my favourite things about Last.fm is the way you can list the upcoming events your planning to attend on your profile and see who else you know (and don't know) is going. I find it rather handy as a quick guide to seeing if anyone else I know is attending and I can also find out about events my friends are going to that I might also want to attend.
In the UK, this is all free! In some other countries however, radio services are paid for at a rate of Euro3 a month. So take advantage of this freebie! It's definitely worth giving a go!
I've been a long time addicted fan of Last.fm and when it used to be Audioscrobbler before that. It is a superb concept and is kind of a music addicts answer to a social networking site. If you log in your last.fm profile it shows you every track you've listened to on your pc. You do need to download the Last.fm program so it can get plug-in's for your music player of choice; it supports Windows Media Player, iTunes, and Winamp among others. Once you've done this it sits quietly in your Taskbar keeping tabs on all the music you listen to and posting it on your last.fm profile.
You're own personal music taste builds up on there, and you can look at other members and see what "music compatibility" they have with you. This can be an excellent way of meeting new people that have the same tastes as you. I find I have I have very few people who have a "Super" compatibility, a fair few with Good or Very Good compatibility.
All this is free. Recently you can listen to previews of songs on other people's profiles, you usually get the first 30 seconds of the song, but there are full songs on there. I have scrobbled over 100,000 tracks now on Last.fm, but I have been a avid fan for several years! I've found new friends and found the profiles of my own friends and can see what they like listening to.
When you're listening to music, if you bring up the Last.fm program it will show you the song, the album it's from and the artist you are listening to. It brings up information about the artist, and links to more information and where you can buy the album and more songs by the artist.
You can now link your Last.fm profile into your Facebook profile, and have a application visible on your profile showing the last few tracks that you've listened to, not the best made application for Facebook unfortunately and several other music programs like ilike and spotify have capitalised on the market a bit. It doesn't show the full functionality of the program and it has remained as a little known gem on the internet.
For music fans this is an absolute must, even for the casual listener it's worth a look.
Last.fm is a site for finding new music and listening to plenty of your favourites. there are many well known bands there and quite a few that are not so well know, it is possible to search for any band and then listen to a selection of their music, sometimes it is also possible to download a song or two from an artist.
if you register for an account you can then add your favourite bands to your page and create playlists of your favourite songs, as well as reffer bands you think certain people might like, in return they can then suggest bands and songs to you that you might like.
there is also options where you can search by genre or even by similar artists. it is possible aswell to watch videos by your favourite artists and see when there are upcoming concerts from the bands you like.
this is a great site if you are looking for new music or bands and is also great if you want to hear music before you buy and album, alternatively if you would just prefer to listen to music by your favourite artists, this is possible aswell.
Last.fm is a music community, which was founded in 2002. By downloading the Last.fm application, it can 'scrobble' the music that you listen to on your music player (such as iTunes). It currently has over 30 million users.
On Last.fm, every user has their own profile page, which can include a little bit of information about yourself, along with the music you have been listening to. You can see the tracks any other user has listened to recently, or their most played artists over the last 7 days, 3 months, 6 months, or overall. These are shown with the amount of plays, along with an image. Other user can also leave comments on you profile, in a similar to way as facebook. The Last.fm profile page is quite attractive in my opinion, due to the well presented sections.
The music you scrobble allows Last.fm to generate a list of other artists that you may be interested in, usually due to a similarity in genre. Scrobbling also allows you to see you 'music compatibility' with other users, so you can communicate with like-minded (in terms of music) users.
You also have the ability to add an event (gig) that you are attending, which then allows you to communicate with other attendees. I like this feature as it allows you to discuss the event after it has taken place, and share reviews and track listings etc.
I find Last.fm useful for listening to existing and upcoming artist's music. This can be done in a similar way to listening to an artist's music on Myspace, by venturing to their profile and clicking on certain tracks that have been made available to listen to.
If you listen to music away from your computer, and you don't want to miss out on scrobbling you played tracks, there is no need to worry. You can simply scrobble the tracks you have listened to on your iPod or most other MP3 players when you connect them to your computer.
A problem with Last.fm is that it can simply become addictive! You will find yourself checking back to your profile every 5 minutes just to check your 'play count' (mines reached 11000), and most played artists and such.
Overall, Last.fm is a well designed and though out music website, which is nice to be a part of if you are a music listener. There are a few other features that I haven't spent time discussing, although I have focussed on the ones which I use.