Since I last wrote about scrobbling milestones in September 2008, Last.fm have significantly expanded their selection of full tracks so you can listen to this one for free at least three times before they cut you off. Or else you can download Spotify (assuming you’re in the UK or Europe, that is) and listen to it all you want. Or you could just buy it I suppose… Hey, it’s a great album.
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A landmark event! Earlier today I listened to my 5,000th track on Last.fm:
And what a fittingly awesome tune to mark the occasion! My last major Last.fm landmark was back in January, at which point I’d listened to 1,000 tracks.
Interestingly, between the time I passed the 5,000 mark this morning and the time of writing this, Last.fm has altered the way it displays your track count. It now looks a little like an old-school tape deck counter.
Additionally, when you hover over the count it tells you your average number of tracks per day. Mine currently stands at 13 per day. Not bad – equivalent to roughly one album’s worth of songs consumed every day. But could do better! Actually though, this data is skewed because I didn’t really use Last.fm much for the first couple of months back when I installed it. Also, since January I’ve been listening to a lot more music!
If, like me, you’re a stats-fiend and you also love Last.fm, you could do worse than checking out the Last.fm Stats group! This includes links to all sorts of tag cloud generators and eclectic music/open-mindedness calculators based on your listening history in Last.fm.
See you back here in about 8 months when I hit the 10K mark. By my calculations, I’ll need to up my listening game to an average of just 20.5 tracks per day to reach this within 8 months.
So it seems that the troubles experienced at Last.fm HQ in London over the weekend are finally over. To be fair, things had started to return to normal by Sunday evening – after a day of occasional weirdness and disappearing tracks on Saturday.
In fact, none of my scrobbles were lost; the worst damage is a missing shout from the weekend, which isn’t exactly the end of the world. Top marks to the server guys who kept users updated on the blog as the (planned) power outage struck.
It took a few days for everything to iron itself out, but this evening I logged on to a reassuring sight:
My “tracks played” count, of course! It’s been MIA for a few days so it prompted an incredibly geeky and obsessive sigh from yours truly when it finally reappeared… Must. Play. More. Songs.
Earlier this evening (at 8.17PM GMT to be precise) I scrobbled my 1000th track on Last.fm. And here it is:
I’ve only been using the software since the end of August last year, so that works out as about 200 scrobbles per month. It’s nothing really, especially when compared to the 1000-songs-a-week mega scrobblers which seem to comprise the majority of my Neighbourhood.
Still, never let it be said that I don’t allow a minor occasion to pass unmarked!
As of yesterday, anyone can stream full-length tracks and albums for free on the Last.fm website:
All the major labels are on board, and on their blog they mention that they’ve got similar agreements from “thousands” of independents.
Wow! Free music! So what’s the catch?
Simple: you’ll only be able to stream each track a maximum of three times before you’re asked to sign up for Last.fm’s new subscription service. According to the comments on the blog post, this will operate alongside the current basic subscription service, rather than instead of.
Details are sketchy on the price, but we do know that it will be more expensive than the current price of €2.50 per month. Once you’re subscribed, you can stream anything an unlimited amount of times. Here’s the lowdown on Last.fm:
“We’re publicly beta testing our new free listening service. You can listen to most tracks up to three times for free.
When the beta is over, we’ll offer a subscription package with unlimited access to a catalogue of music built on partnerships with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner, EMI and over 150,000 independent labels and artists.”
For music lovers like me, this is a really tempting option, although the lack of a download option and the open question of quality will no doubt be off-putting factors. It’s also worth mentioning that not every track ever is available to stream. Even so, free music… It’s difficult to complain about that!
It turns out that the announcement could also be great news for artists and labels. Last.fm has announced a payment system which sends money direct to artists every time a track is played. The success of the business model will depend on advertising, of course, and I suppose they’re banking on more people signing up for the premium service.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on this over the coming weeks, and will no doubt subscribe when the option becomes available just to try it out.
Since joining social music sharing site Last.fm a few months ago, I’ve experienced a fresh love for all things musical, and I’ve been listening a lot recently. But I’m starting to wonder about my motivation.
Being a male and a bit of a geek, I’ve definitely got a stats-obsessive side to my character, and I think Last.fm feeds that. I’ll often be surfing with my Last.fm profile page open, constantly refreshing after every song to check it’s been added (‘scrobbling’ is the terme d’art). I also love the funky graphical depiction of your recent tracks, which I changes as you play music:
I remember several years ago when I first heard about it — back when it was called Audioscrobbler — thinking how strange it was that people would willingly install a form of spyware to track their listening habits. Now, after the web 2.0 revolution, here I am obsessively broadcasting every track I which passes through my eardrums to whomever wants to know.
It’s actually turned out to be a halfway-decent way of discovering new music, either by listening to my recommendations, or through checking out what music my friends and ‘neighbours’ are listening to. Most tracks have at least 30 second clips, and there are many good quality full-length mp3s available to play or even download.
Still, as good as it is, I need more friends if this is going to be something that lasts long-term. So, if you’re reading this and are desperate to know about my incredibly refined musical taste, add me as a last.fm friend. Come on: let’s make sweet audio stats together!