Last.fm Kills Off Its Radio Streaming Service

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  1. Wolf

    Wolf Manspreading on DRC

    Last.fm Kills Off Its Radio Streaming Service

    From April 28, Last.fm’s subscription-based feature will be no more as the company changes focus in the face of increasing competition.

    The music discovery platform with a social media edge was incredibly innovative when it launched back in 2002, and although it is still one of the most popular services for serious music fans, the company feels it needs to forget everything else and focus on what it thinks it does best.

    “Over 10 years, our goal has always been to allow people around the world to discover new music with as few limitations or restrictions as possible. However, the music landscape has changed considerably during that time, and we’ve been forced to make some very difficult decisions surrounding our core products and services. In response, we’ve chosen to focus on what we think Last.fm does best: scrobbling, music discovery, and recommendations,†the company said in a statement.

    The paid subscription streaming service is available only in the UK, the U.S., Canada, and Germany, and current subscribers will be able to request a refund.

    As for the future, Last.fm will continue to work on “scrobbling,†the company’s name for its technology for learning musical tastes, offering recommendations, and building playlists that plugs into other music streaming and Internet radio services as well as listeners’ music libraries.

    So, if you have the Last.fm Scrobbler app installed on your iPhone, you will still be able to access your Last.fm playlists and access all of your favorite tracks, but that music won’t be streamed by the company. Instead it will pull the tracks from your music library and from other music services that support the app, such as Spotify and YouTube if they’re available.

    Likewise, the Last.fm Player, which can be accessed in a web browser, will still allow you to stream your playlists, as long as it can find the tracks on Spotify or another compatible service.

    The announcement has upset a number of subscribers, particularly those based in Canada, where Spotify is still unavailable.
     
  2. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Haven't thought of Last.fm in a while. Bummer. They were a fun service for discovery purposes. But yeah, I've moved on to others.
     
  3. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    If they would have come up with a better word than scrobbling they may may be doing better these days.
     

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