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Last.fm – listen, scrobble, share

I would recommend Last.fm not only to music freaks but also to people who occasionally listen to music. Basically the three terms listen, scrobble, share spawned in my mind when I was thinking of a good topic for the post. I think they put it like this Last.fm – The Social Music Revolution. The terms I have mentioned are –

1. Listen – You listen to music, Last.fm supports Winamp, Windows Media Player, Foobar, iTunes and few other music players.

2. Scrobble – As you listen, your tracks are scrobbled(kind of logging of what you hear) on Last.fm site. You can check your weekly/monthly/Overall artists and Overall Tracks scrobbled on the site.

3. Share – Recommend tracks to your friends on Last.fm, view music compatibility, and listen to online radio. Also you get to discover new tracks either recommended by friends or by Last.fm itself. I think that was the whole idea behind the site, i.e., discovering music.

Other features include scrobbling iPod tracks, downloading MP3’s from the site and many more charts, you can also browse profile pages of other users and as usual – add friends.

Installing the scrobbler.
You have 3 ways to scrobble your tracks.

1. Install a media player with inbuilt scrobbling capabilities, to name a few on Linux platform are Amarok and Audacious. For windows you need to install the Last.fm executable or the plugin DLLs.

2. Install the Last.fm client. As simple as it sounds, goto Last.fm and download the client. Install it, create an account on the website, and fill the username password in the client settings. Check out the images below for some details.

3. Install the Audioscrobbler plugin. This is the best way on windows to scrobble tracks. A background plugin and no extra application to take space in your System Tray. You can find one here. Install it, the interface is quite simple, there should be no problems there.

Few screenshots of the Last.fm application and the Audio Scrobbler plugin interface

My dashboard at Last.fm

Last.fm client interface

Settings and user account details

Audioscrobbler Plugin Interface in MediaMonkey

My suggestion : MediaMonkey with Audioscrobbler Plugin(most of the Winamp plugins work with MediaMonkey)

Now the usual stuff, I don’t like this much but got to save my neck.

Note : Download and install the applications and plugins at your own risk, I take no responsibility for any damage to your system. Remember I told you how to blow up your PC, but you are the one who blew it, and I am not responsible for your actions.


Edit : F.A.Q @ Last.fm

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