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OTHER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN MUSIC => Everything and Nothing => Topic started by: zzzone.net on May 10, 2009, 06:56:44 AM

Title: last.fm
Post by: zzzone.net on May 10, 2009, 06:56:44 AM
I have recently discovered last.fm.

I'm not much of a social networker, but I like the idea of being able to set up a playlist which then generates a "radio station" that then plays to my tastes.

Whenever I play my Squeezebox, the information is fed to last.fm.  Additionally I can play my last.fm radio station via my Squeezebox.

I'm curious how last.fm gets the rights to artists' stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last.fm

Very cool.

http://www.last.fm/user/zzzoneDOTnet

or

http://zzzone.net/lastfm.html

Anyone else have a page?
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: Altus on May 10, 2009, 12:03:36 PM
Indeed.
http://www.last.fm/music/Altus (http://www.last.fm/music/Altus)

It's an interesting tool to see what people listen to, which in turn tells you what people are enjoying.  For example, one track I wrote called "Magellanic Clouds" has a huge spike in plays compared to anything else.  As a result, I'll be re-working and expanding the sound of that relatively short track into a longplay album later this year.
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: cromag on May 10, 2009, 03:17:24 PM
I used to be on Last.fm a lot, but I've almost completely stopped going there after CBS bought them and the subsequent re-design.  I used to have a much easier time exploring for new (or, new to me) music.  Automating the process of making music connections is what they've always been best known for, but it used to be much easier to manually go through genres and artists to find good stuff, and I like the process of exploration.
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: deepspace on May 13, 2009, 03:05:22 AM
Yes, the site has changed.  It used to be buzzing with artists, all advertising their works.  There was a lot of rubbish, but there was some great stuff as well.
It's all gone quite silent now. 

I built deepspace up quite a bit with last.fm.  It's good for statistics about what people like.  Like Altus said, certain tracks are played by more people and are spread around.
It's interesting to get a perspective on what others like about your sound.

here's my last.fm site.  77,000 plays now.  I'm quite chuffed about that.

http://www.last.fm/music/deepspace
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: michael sandler on May 13, 2009, 06:12:48 PM
I have recently discovered last.fm.

I'm not much of a social networker, but I like the idea of being able to set up a playlist which then generates a "radio station" that then plays to my tastes.

Whenever I play my Squeezebox, the information is fed to last.fm.  Additionally I can play my last.fm radio station via my Squeezebox.

I'm curious how last.fm gets the rights to artists' stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last.fm

Very cool.

...
Anyone else have a page?

Very confusing! I have a page by no doing of my own. There's just a bunch of my songs on there; I had nothng to do with it. Some of the songs are commercially available elsewhere, but Last FM says they are not available there. The rest is CC stuff. Was that scrobbing?

MikeS
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: Altus on May 14, 2009, 05:10:24 AM
Michael,
Yes.  People using the software were listening to your music, hence scrobbled.  You can easily take control of that page and essentially make it your own, adding proper information and links to more of your work.
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: zzzone.net on January 24, 2010, 08:29:39 AM
I just wanted to revisit this topic that I started.

I now have been using last.fm for a little under a year.

I now understand it better.

It's a musical discovery and social networking site!

1.  If a listener likes a particular artist, they can check out the artist and his other works.   There are usually links to purchase more.

2.  If a listener likes a particular artist, they can find other artists that have similar sounds.

3.  If a listener befriends someone else with similar tastes, they can discover artists on the friend's playlists.

4.  Listeners are given a heads-up on live performances in their area by artists on their playlists!!! [Four Tet and The Residents are coming to Austin!]

5.  Last.fm will compose an internet audio stream for the listener that consists of artists on one's playlist so that if I don't want to pick a CD or turn on my server, last.fm will do it for me.   My music server (Squeezebox) even allows me to listen to this last.fm stream throughout the house by pressing one button.

6.  I can listen to similar last.fm streams from any of my "friends" including other listeners and artists on last.fm.

7.  I can contact artists via last.fm with questions and comments.

8.  Last.fm allows me to visualize my listening habits in lots of cool ways:

http://playground.last.fm/demo/musicuniverse/share?user=zzzoneDOTnet&seed=d0310

http://playground.last.fm/demo/listeningtrends/share?user=zzzoneDOTnet&peers=none&palette=prairie&num_months=12

...and there's a bunch more cool stuff.   All basically free or you can support the operation for 3 bucks a month.

I would encourage all the musical artists on hypnos.com to check it out and take over your wiki.  The site encourages the legitimate sale of your music.

Jim
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: False Mirror on January 24, 2010, 09:47:25 AM
here we go

http://last.fm/music/False+Mirror
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: Sunbreak Music on January 24, 2010, 10:04:49 AM
I just signed up recently, sort of along the lines of "another thing to do".  I've not investigated it's power at all....

http://www.last.fm/music/anawaty%252Frussell
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: petekelly on January 25, 2010, 08:03:13 AM

I think last.fm is a great thing for an artist, I can't comment on the listening experience, but that looks really good as well.

It's very interesting to see how diverse people tastes are. Its hard to believe that a person can like ambient music as well as Nelly Furtado !
I think it could open up a whole new audience for ambient artists - beyond those who are fans already.

Also, I only recently found out that If you post a bulletin on your MySpace page, last.fm reposts it on your profile subsequently.

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: darkenedsoul on February 23, 2010, 04:55:33 PM
I've been there awhile and have 2 of my albums listed for free download (and are also same way elsewhere) and the link is:  http://www.last.fm/music/Darkened+Soul (http://www.last.fm/music/Darkened+Soul) but haven't been posting much there since not much has been going on in the dS camp until recently. I like it better than Myspace (also at) and haven't gone the music route at facebook yet.

Mike
Title: Re: last.fm
Post by: michael sandler on February 24, 2010, 10:44:22 AM
I've been there awhile and have 2 of my albums listed for free download (and are also same way elsewhere) and the link is:  http://www.last.fm/music/Darkened+Soul (http://www.last.fm/music/Darkened+Soul) but haven't been posting much there since not much has been going on in the dS camp until recently. I like it better than Myspace (also at) and haven't gone the music route at facebook yet.

Mike


Isn't FB's music app non-functional or non-existent? If no, someone please let me know so I can also put some songs on my page.

MikeS