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Create your own profile (which seems to be based on the Audioscrobbler system).. then listen to personal streaming radio based on your preferences.

You can say whether you like or hate a particular track it's playing and it'll record your preferences and send you music that other people who have similar tastes to yours like...

Wish we had a decent broadband service in NZ. You pay through the nose for international traffic.

damian_nz (damian_nz), Thursday, 27 May 2004 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

i used this for a while but got ditracted by download sites - it is good though - i must check it out again. very diverse and often surprising selections.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 27 May 2004 23:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I've only been on for about 30 minutes now, but I'm definitely enjoying it. I'm curious to hear how the selection will be once I've added more songs to my profile.

JC-L (JC-L), Friday, 28 May 2004 13:55 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...
not convinced that there's much to it beyond the initial novelty, but initial novelty will do for now - http://www.last.fm/user/lexpretend/

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 February 2007 16:33 (thirteen years ago) link

You're not beholden to listening to your own profile radio. You can pick other users or customize by clicking 'find a station' and entering a list of artists.

Mike Dixn, Thursday, 22 February 2007 16:53 (thirteen years ago) link

There's another thread somewhere. And an ILx group: ilx0r

emil.y, Thursday, 22 February 2007 17:07 (thirteen years ago) link

lex you can also listen to "neighbours" and "friendslist" radios. you've only been on a few days so it may not have had time to correlate yr neighbours (ppl with matching interests), but with that and general clicking around and preview listening i've found a few artists here and there with last.fm, not to mention ppl who you can then P2P with :-)

Alan, Thursday, 22 February 2007 17:31 (thirteen years ago) link

To listen to personal radio you have to donate. Unless they still do the free personal radio for the 1st month you sign up.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 22 February 2007 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

So far it seems much better at dealing w/more obscure stuff, as compared w/pandora...not sure if that's just my experience as I haven't been using either for *that* long.

dlp9001, Thursday, 22 February 2007 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

i haven't got any neighbours yet but i will keep trying!

it's not really a great reflection of what i actually listen to, maybe when i hook comp up to proper speakers i'll actually listen to most of my music on it. also look at my weekly artsts for last week and guess what i had to review innit

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 February 2007 17:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Someone critique my musical tastes:

http://www.last.fm/user/magogo

Tell me what I should be listening to.

MaGoGo, Thursday, 22 February 2007 18:00 (thirteen years ago) link

How many tracks do you need to play now before it calculates neighbours? It used to be 200.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 22 February 2007 18:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Judging from that list I'd say you might find Neu! and Cluster interesting.

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 22 February 2007 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link

old thread is http://www.ilxor.com:8080/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=41&threadid=18146; might be best to use it instead of this one 'cos it's a handy single resource for ppl's links.

i'm still pretty new to the whole thing but i think it fucking rocks.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 22 February 2007 18:12 (thirteen years ago) link

FUCK THIS PRETEND-HTML BOLLOCKS; that link's fucked.

the old thread is here

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 22 February 2007 18:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Mine

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 22 February 2007 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I do have another account actually that records all my soul,funk,jazz etc . It's linked on my main profile page.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 22 February 2007 19:27 (thirteen years ago) link

i can't get this radio thing to work :(

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 February 2007 20:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Did you download the LAST FM player? I'm pretty sure you need to be a subscriber to listen to personal radio. And obviously you don't have any neighbours yet to use that radio.
Just go to a random page and try listening to that persons radio (I don't recommend mine as I'm sure you would hate it). All you should need to do is click on where it says PLAY "insert name"'s Radio Station. See if that works.

I think you're on a mac though but I don't think that should make a difference.
I'm not sure if you can use TAG radio without subscribing. You can always just do a search for some act you like and select their radio

Try this Similar Artists To Ciara
Hopefully that will work.


Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 22 February 2007 20:55 (thirteen years ago) link

haaa i just realised why it didn't work, i automatically cancelled the box which pops up and which is the box that launches it. (i am v distrustful of boxes-which-pop-up, they alarm me)

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 February 2007 21:10 (thirteen years ago) link

it plays usher :D

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 February 2007 21:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, I'll put a link to mine on, too. missekawasaki. Don't listen to that much music on my computer, though.

emil.y, Thursday, 22 February 2007 23:40 (thirteen years ago) link

I quite like my personal radio player. It blows Pandora out of the water IMO. I'm quite the Last.fm junkie actually.
[link Chantilly Bass]http://www.last.fm/user/chantillybass[link]

Chantilly Bass, Thursday, 22 February 2007 23:45 (thirteen years ago) link

can't find you!

lol @ trusting ilx instructions

tremendoid, Thursday, 22 February 2007 23:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I tried to use this, but for some reason, my connection won't smoothly stream songs from last.fm. However, I can play songs from Pandora, no problem, no skips.

Z S, Friday, 23 February 2007 01:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I have never tried this Pandora.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 23 February 2007 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

VERY late to the party, but if anyone's interested in adding me, I just joined the last.fm revolution! http://www.last.fm/user/charlieframe

Bernard V. O'Hare (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 23:14 (nine years ago) link

Hey DL, Mount_Analogue is me fwiw.

seminal fuiud (NickB), Thursday, 13 January 2011 07:44 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

surely this must have been addressed in one of the last.fm threads, but currently listening to a ton of ella fitzgerald, and have to cop to worrying how it will skew my last.fm stats. that's insane, right? i'm part of the problem, right?

Dominique, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:27 (nine years ago) link

Um, yes.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:27 (nine years ago) link

Just listen to what you like!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:27 (nine years ago) link

I mean surely you're not worried there's a mob out there thinking "Oh great, not only does this bastard lie about him being a woman but he listens to ELLA all day!"

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:28 (nine years ago) link

when i cared more about last.fm this same thing used to cause me angst when i'd listen to mixtapes i had tagged as "lil wayne & dj drama" or w/e

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:29 (nine years ago) link

no, more like, if I listen to 250 tracks by her in the next week, that's totally going to SKEW MY STATS! probably put her in my top 10-- is she really one of my top ten artists? probably not. god, I need some serious help

Dominique, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:30 (nine years ago) link

xpost

Dominique, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:30 (nine years ago) link

if she's not in ur top 10 how do u explain listening to her a ton

Dr Frogbs (am0n), Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:40 (nine years ago) link

dig it; my top ten:

1. Denki Groove
2. P-Model
3. Ween
4. They Might Be Giants
5. Underworld
6. Scooter
7. Yellow Magic Orchestra
8. Happy Mondays
9. Ryuichi Sakamoto
10. The Bran Flakes

kinda surprised by this list, I guess TMBG and the Bran Flakes do put like 20-30 songs on their albums, just surprised Sakamoto ranked so high too

I'm guessing The Fall will be #1 all time at some point. It's unavoidable

frogbs, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:48 (nine years ago) link

if she's not in ur top 10 how do u explain listening to her a ton

it's insanity. but I guess I just don't consider her one of my top 10 favorite artists. when i go through big phases like this, it charts certain artists really high on my last.fm.

first and foremost, it's manic obsessiveness

Dominique, Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:53 (nine years ago) link

my top tracks is compiled almost entirely of things i've listened to consistently over a period of years, but in the past few weeks there's one song that's beginning to creep up there even though i've only known it for that period of time. is that right? does it really deserve to be there??? (i've so far managed to resist the temptation to not listen to it and so keep the figures stable. just about.)

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:57 (nine years ago) link

Dom, don't you know you can just turn the scrobbler off? It's usually in your task-bar... right click, exit. Turn it back on when you'd like to scrobble something "less embarassing".

I've only done this in regards of Oasis, when I had this really bizarre urge to to listen to Be Here Now and didn't want them fucking up my e-representation of myself.

mamma mia pizzeroni (kelpolaris), Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:36 (nine years ago) link

It is craziness! I suffer from this crazy, too. P sure no one even looks at my last.fm (except Algerian Goalie).

wizards of wonder are the keepers of knowledge (Abbbottt), Friday, 25 February 2011 14:49 (nine years ago) link

I have a playlist of motivational German-language songs to put on when I ought to be doing my German homework. I've often considered turning scrobbling off for them, because they are not really my favourite songs in the world ever and I don't want my entire last.fm top 20 to be made up of them. Haven't bothered yet though.

(On the other hand, I put the playlist on every couple of weeks and I'm not completely sick of them yet, so I guess that says something for them.)

dimension hatris (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 25 February 2011 16:40 (nine years ago) link

i made a "bert jansch" station and it's awesome

he do the waka lyfe (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 25 February 2011 17:18 (nine years ago) link

eleven months pass...

If, when I did my initial setup, I only selected iTunes as an import source for plays, is there a way to also add my Winamp history? 'Cause the resulting profile is all kinds of skewed.

Simon H., Saturday, 28 January 2012 18:05 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

last.fm should add badges + achievements and totally gamify

Mordy , Monday, 17 February 2014 01:06 (six years ago) link

or shut down

markers, Monday, 17 February 2014 03:32 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

deadpool 2015

the most painstaking, humorless people in the world (lukas), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:03 (five years ago) link

that would be a shame as i still use it all the time but i am wondering what is keeping it open tbh

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:12 (five years ago) link

I've heard about last.fm pulling the plug for a while but last time I checked they were gaining users at a high rate so I don't know about that happening soon

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:18 (five years ago) link

Oh, people are still using this!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:41 (two years ago) link

hell yeah

Dan I., Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:45 (two years ago) link

Guilty.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:40 (two years ago) link

it's helpful when you don't remember a detail of an album or track you liked, i def don't use for the streams or reccomendations anymore

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:45 (two years ago) link

I only use to track what I've listened to, and what my friends listen to. tbh I wish all my friends were on it!

Dominique, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:32 (two years ago) link

I'll add ya, buddy

frogbs, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:33 (two years ago) link

awesome

Dominique, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:52 (two years ago) link

The recommendations was the best thing about it, IMO.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:29 (two years ago) link

Ya

Also the scrobbling

brimstead, Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:29 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Stopped scrobbling from Spotify for me. Looking in settings can’t see it under social. I see on Twitter a few others are having the same issue. Same issue on both IOS and Android.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 08:02 (one month ago) link

same, that's basically its entire function thus why I stopped using it -- in addition to having accidentally deleted all of my music from 2005 to 2018.

very avant-garde (Variablearea), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 14:40 (one month ago) link

No issues here (from the spotify web player)

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 14:41 (one month ago) link

I went to last.fm > settings > applications and disconnected and reconnected the spotify scrobbler and it's working now

ogmor, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 14:42 (one month ago) link

Yeah, done the same and seems ok now.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 16:36 (one month ago) link

it hasn't scrobbled from iTunes for years now, is that true for anyone else?

frogbs, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:18 (one month ago) link

I've been using Neptunes for years and it still scrobbling along...
https://micropixels.software/neptunes

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:24 (one month ago) link

For ITunes, mine was down for a while but I updated the scrobbler app and it’s fine again.

aphoristical, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:24 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

As someone in his thirties, I find scrobbling a lonely endeavour these days. All the real-life acquaintances I had friended on Last.fm 10–15 years ago no longer scrobble due to changes in how they listen to music, or they got married and started families which dampened their time and interest in seeking out new music. I feel like the last living member of a tribe.

Looking around to see if strangers out there share my tastes is no longer rewarding: apparently challenged by the sheer bulk of music available to anyone nowadays, which means two people’s listening is even less likely to overlap than before, Last.fm has changed its compatibility algorithm. The way Last.fm tries to drive up website engagement by being too optimistic feels slimy and dishonest: now I’m seeing “Your compatibility with X is Super” even when we just share a small handful of common artists, and they aren’t even close to my most-listened artists.

Melomane, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 21:17 (two weeks ago) link

it's all true but I love it. so much hot listening data! a last.fm revival wld be good, tho I am used to music being a lonely/online endeavour

ogmor, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

I agree with both of these takes. Last.fm still feels like a superpower I wished was available when I was ten, and every time this thread gets bumped I'm terrified it's going to go away. It would be so lovely if someone gave it a revamp though...so much of that wonderful data is languishing inside the clunkiest interface.

tangenttangent, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

erstwhile ilx0rs like electricsound and stevem are still listening to 1000 tracks a week -- helps me maintain faith

mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

Been Scrobbling for nearly 15 years and still have no idea why I like it

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 22:23 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah. Big fan too. Can we do more ourselves as a community?

kraudive, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 22:54 (two weeks ago) link

would be cool, im still scrobblin away

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

Still scrobbling here too. 16 years' of data

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 26 March 2020 03:16 (two weeks ago) link

Mostly listen to vinyl at home, but still scrobbling strong at work and on the go.

Times have changes a lot since '07...
I still discover new stuff via a handful of fellow listeners I trust.

cooldix, Thursday, 26 March 2020 04:18 (two weeks ago) link

what would I do without last.fm? I mean how would I know what my top 20 tracks of the last 90 days are?

btw they are

1. Los Tucanes de Tijuana - La Chona (9)
2. X - In This House That I Call Home (9)
3. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (8)
4. Olivia Kaplan - Barely Above (8)
5. Neil Hamburger - Three Piece Chicken Dinner (7)
6. Novos Baianos - Preta Pretinha (7)
7. Texas Tornados - Hey Baby Que Paso (7)
8. The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee (7)
9. Wire - The 15th (7)
10. Cate le Bon - Cyrk (6)
11. D Train - Keep On (12" Remix) (6)
12. Jackie Lynn - Casino Queen (6)
13. Mission of Burma - All World Cowboy Romance (6)
14. Nap Eyes - Mark Zuckerberg (6)
15. Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows (6)
16. Al Green - Tired of Being Alone (5)
17. Boz Scaggs - Lowdown (5)
18. Duncan Dhu - Cien Gaviotas (5)
19. Guy Clark - Anyhow, I Love You (5)
20. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man (5)

isn't that fun? I think it's fun. plus tonight I got to scrobble my first Juicy J and 2 Chainz tracks and that's not something I'll ever get to do again, god bless this website and the 100% free amusement it has provided me since June 2010

the burrito that defined a generation, Thursday, 26 March 2020 04:44 (two weeks ago) link

It definitely seems more of a personal thing rather than a community one now. My last shoutbox messages were almost 9 years ago :(

groovypanda, Thursday, 26 March 2020 07:53 (two weeks ago) link

for some reason, last.fm still thinks i'm a subscriber/pro user even though I haven't paid them anything in four years, and for that I am grateful.

Roz, Thursday, 26 March 2020 08:24 (two weeks ago) link

Nice.

What does being a subscriber get you - more analysis/stats?

groovypanda, Thursday, 26 March 2020 08:39 (two weeks ago) link

yep though I hardly use them - monthly charts, historical charts, library images etc. But I appreciate the no-ads browsing.

Back in the day, I used to subscribe for their radio streaming service but spotify pretty much killed it off so it wasn't really worth it anymore.

Roz, Thursday, 26 March 2020 08:50 (two weeks ago) link

I still check mine fairly often without really knowing why. I've been on there 12 years.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:11 (two weeks ago) link

Who am I kidding, I LOVE knowing my stats. And haven't once played a record and queued it up on Spotify so it won't be missing from my data. Nope.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:13 (two weeks ago) link

Haha. That's a dark secret but yep.

kraudive, Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:21 (two weeks ago) link

I still wonder what went on there in what was it 2015/2016 when for no apparent reason they rebuilt the site, made everything worse or just removed features completely, then just let it rot. why even bother rebuilding it? what was it like working in their development team at that time? was there some demented management decision behind it?

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:34 (two weeks ago) link

I think the re-design was meant to make the site more phone/tablet-friendly, as this had been introduced as a factor in Google page rankings, and they needed to maintain the site hits to retain the ad clicks.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:53 (two weeks ago) link

It's one of those things that I would just never stop using and would probably be low-key sad about if it went under. I've got like 13 years' worth of listening on there.

Matt DC, Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:55 (two weeks ago) link

Also, for the recent noughties poll I was looking back over my loved tracks from 2007 or so and there were loads of great tunes I'd completely forgotten about

groovypanda, Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:59 (two weeks ago) link

biggest stats gripe atm is that the iphone app will sometimes scrobble a song 20 times after i listen to it once

btw if anyone wants to add me - last.fm/user/jdevine28

devvvine, Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:24 (two weeks ago) link

And haven't once played a record and queued it up on Spotify so it won't be missing from my data.

just fyi you can use openscrobbler.com to do it without having to waste the time/bandwidth

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

signed a guy who used to go to great lengths to scrobble vinyl and mp3 player tracks

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:23 (two weeks ago) link

I had no idea that existed - cheers.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

I use universalscrobbler.com to log my cd/vinyl listening.

Was disappointed to find that the new Apple Music app doesn’t tell last.fm what’s been played on my phone - iTunes did.

michaellambert, Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

Who am I kidding, I LOVE knowing my stats. And haven't once played a record and queued it up on Spotify so it won't be missing from my data. Nope.

― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), donderdag 26 maart 2020 10:13 bookmarkflaglink

Haha. That's a dark secret but yep.

― kraudive, donderdag 26 maart 2020 10:21 bookmarkflaglink


Too true. Color me meticulous.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:00 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't been able to scrobble anything through iTunes for 2 years....anyone else have that issue? the scribbler still pops up every time I open the program, it just....doesn't do anything

frogbs, Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:06 (two weeks ago) link

Mine hadn't worked for a long time, either. Since switching laptops I've abandoned it altogether (iTunes) and haven't missed it for a moment.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:23 (two weeks ago) link

had a laptop with iTunes until last year, and it was working just fine (maybe too well: it double-scrobbled every played track)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

I'm still on this thing. If anybody would like to add me I'll add you back
https://www.last.fm/user/Algerian_Goalie

Oor Neechy, Friday, 27 March 2020 00:36 (two weeks ago) link

"signed a guy who used to go to great lengths to scrobble vinyl and mp3 player tracks"

I listen to a lot of SACDs with 5.1 surround sound. I have evolved this little dance where I hit play on my media center so that the rip of the album starts playing and scrobbles, and then I quickly switch the stereo over to my SACD player so I can actually enjoy the music.

Melomane, Friday, 27 March 2020 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

glad i'm not alone in my obsessiveness!

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 28 March 2020 00:58 (one week ago) link


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