Last.fm (Scrobbler)

Last.fm is a music streaming site and social network. Using the so-called Audioscrobbler, Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user's musical taste by recording1) the songs the user listens to.2) The site offers social networking features and can recommend and play artists similar to the user's favorites.

Reasons to install+run the Last.fm software on your system:

  • Quick access to many Last.fm features without opening the website
  • Possibility to listen to Last.fm music streams (e.g. your “personal radio”)
  • On MS Windows, it provides easy scrobbling support for Winamp and Windows Media Player

Although most audio players on Unix-like systems got plugins or support for scrobbling the played track to Last.fm, you can't listen to Last.fm music streams comfortably3) with them. Therefore it still makes sense to install Last.fm's software, even on Unix-like systems.

Installation

Ubuntu

10.04 Lucid and above

Simply install the following package(s):

After installation, you can start the program by clicking “Applications→Sound & Video→Last.fm”. Or open a terminal and start it via lastfm.

The software's configuration file is /.config/Last.fm/Last.fm.conf.

Windows

XP and above

Simply download the Windows installer and execute it with administrator privileges.

Android

Simply install the following via Market:

iPhone

Simply install the following via App Store:

1) called “scrobbling”
2) on the user's computer or many portable music devices
3) Last.fm tries to protect the streams and often changes the way players have to access the data. So even if your player brings support for playing Last.fm streams, this may stop working abruptly.
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