Its been a while since I used Last.fm, but found myself back there yesterday.
For those of you who don’t know, Last.fm is a website that is used to recommend new music. It used to be the case that you’d type in a band and the website would recommend and play a similar band that you might like based on your music tastes. At least that was the case last time I checked.
But Last.fm has moved up in the world, with Scrobbling. Now, what in the world is scrobbling? I asked myself the same thing yesterday. It turns out that scrobbling is the recommendation system that is being used. The user downloads an application, which hooks into your music player (iTunes, Winamp, Real Player, Windows Media Player, etc) and transfers your music information. Bands, songs, albums and play counts are all gathered into your profile, and then Last.fm makes recommendations based on what your tastes are. I found myself listening to some good stuff last night that I’d never heard before. It was great.
Last.fm is an easy and fast way to hear new music that you’ll probably end up liking.