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Website Of The Day: Last FM

I love Last FM for many reasons. The first being that like geeksugar, it was nominated for a Webby last week because it's just plain great. The second, being that the site offers an alternative to downloading music onto your computer and a forum to meet people that love all different types of music.

How does it work? You listen to your music with your computer's music player or your iPod and Last.fm "scrobbles" your playlists, which means every song you listen to with Last.fm becomes part of your music profile. In essence, the site keeps track of what music you listen to, and then produces a large number of features personalized to you.

After that you can create personal music charts automatically, find your "musical soul mates," generate a personal radio station and see what your friends are listening to. The site is free. To learn how to post your favorite sites to the Website of the Day group,


I know that this long list looks scary, but trust me, once you get the hang of it, it'll be a snap the second time around.

  1. First of all, join the Website of the Day group
  2. Click "Create and Share!" on the left hand side
  3. Choose "Blog"
  4. Give your photo a Title
  5. Leave the category as "general"
  6. Change the channel to "technology and gadgets"
  7. Add keyword(s) (for example mine for this photo was "Website of the Day")
  8. Click on the "Add Image" link below the "body" box
  9. A popup window will happen - click on "Browse" to find your image on your computer
  10. Once you have the image chosen, click "Submit"
  11. The popup will show you your image, choose size: "normal" - if you want, you can give it a title (which will show up as a caption)
  12. Click "Insert" and the popup will go away
  13. Your "body" box will now have some text in it. Leave it as is. If you want to add some text before the picture telling me why you love the website, do it before the code that has appeared.
  14. Click Submit

So join the Website of the Day group and start information about all your favorite sites! Yours just might end up on the Geeksugar homepage!

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Lastfm-Team Lastfm-Team 8 years
Hey Beanalby (and everyone else here), don't worry, Last.fm isn't going anywhere! Thanks for your great comments, we always like to hear that people are enjoying the site. Lots of new features on their way soon.ThanksLast.fm Team
Lastfm-Team Lastfm-Team 8 years
Hey Beanalby (and everyone else here), don't worry, Last.fm isn't going anywhere! Thanks for your great comments, we always like to hear that people are enjoying the site. Lots of new features on their way soon. Thanks Last.fm Team
museanima museanima 8 years
I've been using last fm for a while now, and I like it alot. But Pandora has actually opened my ears to more new music than last fm has. Even if you don't like them, type in Spice Girls into Pandora, you will get some really cool stuff!
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I love Last Fm also, although I don't listen to music using the Last Fm listener (It did crazy stuff to my computer). I just love being able to see a record of the music I listen to.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
oooh it kind of reminds me of pandora.com but different and slightly cooler
Megatron Megatron 8 years
This is still awesome. I will enjoy as long as I can...
Wendelboe Wendelboe 8 years
I love Last.fm! Perfect way to discover cool music, new as well as old..
Wendelboe Wendelboe 8 years
I love Last.fm! Perfect way to discover cool music, new as well as old..
Beanalby Beanalby 8 years
Unfortunately last.fm is likely going to shut down, or need to completely change their business model, in May - to account for the new Internet Radio Royalty Rates that are scheduled to take effect. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070416-internet-radio-dealt-severe-blow-as-copyright-board-rejects-appeal.html http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/20/1243251&tid=188 In short, instead of the current model where sites must may 12% for royalties (which works well for sites with little/no income), now there's a fixed per song per LISTENER fee. For a station that has 10,000 listeners, this will end up being being about $1.2 MILLION for a year. This covers ALL music too, not just the labels (I still don't understand fully how that works). An appeal of this just failed. If it goes into effect, it'll essentially kill ALL internet radio except those backed by major corporiations who can eat the fees.
Beanalby Beanalby 8 years
Unfortunately last.fm is likely going to shut down, or need to completely change their business model, in May - to account for the new Internet Radio Royalty Rates that are scheduled to take effect.http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070416-internet-radio-dealt-severe-blow-as-copyright-board-rejects-appeal.htmlhttp://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/20/1243251&tid=188In short, instead of the current model where sites must may 12% for royalties (which works well for sites with little/no income), now there's a fixed per song per LISTENER fee. For a station that has 10,000 listeners, this will end up being being about $1.2 MILLION for a year.This covers ALL music too, not just the labels (I still don't understand fully how that works). An appeal of this just failed. If it goes into effect, it'll essentially kill ALL internet radio except those backed by major corporiations who can eat the fees.
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