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edited 19 February 2013 at 5:33PM in Music MoneySaving
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edited 19 February 2013 at 5:33PM in Music MoneySaving
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OK, so after cancelling my subscription with Napster (can no longer afford it :() I am looking elsewhere for more (cheaper/free) music.

I came across Last.FM but am not sure I understand correctly:

I sign up, I get to listen to anything I want with the exception of the radio which I need to pay for?

If I want to buy music I can chose a link on the track being played and buy it elsewhere so I can then download it.

But they also have a subscription service- this is for the radio right? (is there anything else to subscribe to?) how does this work on MP3 players or is the subscription best used for those with internet access style MP3/4 players e.g the I-Phone.

And I hear rumours about adverts- nothing is mentioned on the site, is this true? how do the ads fare? are they really annoying/intrusive or not too bad, are they long? and more importantly, are they free from the 'Go Compare' ad?

Thankyou very much to anyone who can help me understand!
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  • Richy23Richy23 Forumite
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    Have you ever tried Spotify? :)
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    RenyaRenya Forumite
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    edited 4 October 2010 at 6:15PM
    Last.Fm is a music recommendation website, when you listen to something in iTunes, Spotify etc it makes a record of it and other people can see your most listened to artists, songs etc, the radio service isn't like Spotify or iTunes where you choose the song and play it, it's a random mix of songs, the 'radio stations' on Last.Fm normally contain recommendations of songs similar to the artist/your library.

    For example, if you listened to 'The Beatles Radio' you wouldn't necessarily get music from The Beatles, you'd get similar music.

    Sorry if this all sounds confusing, but once you start using it everything slowly becomes clear, just remember that if you want to use iTunes you need to download The Scrobbler. But if you want 'on-demand' music I'd recommend Spotify or iTunes.

    If you want to use the radio services you don't have to pay if you live in the UK, but you can subscribe (about £3 a month I think) and get extra features.

    Oh, and you can download apps for your phone, but they're normally free as well. You normally only have to pay for Last.Fm if you live outside of the UK/USA. :)
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  • jenniewbjenniewb Forumite
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    Renya wrote: »
    Last.Fm is a music recommendation website, when you listen to something in iTunes, Spotify etc it makes a record of it and other people can see your most listened to artists, songs etc, the radio service isn't like Spotify or iTunes where you choose the song and play it, it's a random mix of songs, the 'radio stations' on Last.Fm normally contain recommendations of songs similar to the artist/your library.

    For example, if you listened to 'The Beatles Radio' you wouldn't necessarily get music from The Beatles, you'd get similar music.

    Sorry if this all sounds confusing, but once you start using it everything slowly becomes clear, just remember that if you want to use iTunes you need to download The Scrobbler. But if you want 'on-demand' music I'd recommend Spotify or iTunes.

    If you want to use the radio services you don't have to pay if you live in the UK, but you can subscribe (about £3 a month I think) and get extra features.

    Oh, and you can download apps for your phone, but they're normally free as well. You normally only have to pay for Last.Fm if you live outside of the UK/USA. :)

    Thanks for the description thats a great help :)

    I don't have an Iphone (I wish!) and my MP3 isn't the type with internet connection so I'm thinking the free radio version is whats best aimed at me here.

    Was thinking about Sportify but am wary of adverts, music means a great deal to me and buys me head space and is a must for the gym and public transport. I don't think I could tollerate having ads thrown through my ears so Sportify doesn't look so appealing to me.

    I have Itunes as I have a 2ng gen. Nano---(v.v.old!) but don't tend to listen to it as all my tunes are WMP MP3s and they don't seem to be transferable to my Nano. I had about 150 itunes but each time I have to wipe and restart my computer, I lose them. I now have 37 itunes as Apple in their infinate wisdom, revamp the songs and wipe the old versions. If you downloaded an old version you lose it. I had long emails with them in which they gave me some technical advice and I just didn't understand. So I got a Sony MP3 and its been fine for the past 3 years. Lost no music aside from that which I had from Napster!
    Itunes also seems to be the most expensive and doesn't really seem affordable for me right now.
  • jenniewbjenniewb Forumite
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    grahawk wrote: »
    Don't forget WE7. www.we7.com


    Is this free or a subscription based? do you have any experience I can pick through :D
  • jenniewb wrote: »
    Is this free or a subscription based? do you have any experience I can pick through :D

    It's free but you get ads. I find it very useful for listening to albums I don't have. I imagine there is an ad free subscription service but I'm not interested in such things. It started as a free download site with mainly obscure stuff paid for by the attached ads but changed it's model to the existing version with an extensive library.
  • KargoKargo Forumite
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    Another vote for We7 here! :)
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  • SkeksisSkeksis Forumite
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    I use the YouTube to MP3 converter from this site, https://www.dvdvideosoft.com. It's free, you just put in the YouTube URL of the track you want and it automatically downloads and converts it to MP3 format for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
  • HotspurHotspur Forumite
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    Hi

    I use last fm a lot to listen to different genres of music such as salsa and kizomba. As has been said you get the option to purchase the track that is playing from amazon, i tunes etc. if it is available. The only downside for the free version is that it asks you if you are still listening periodically but I can put up with this for free music.
  • Recommend Spotify.

    My Hi-Fi gear is worth four figures and I have now transfered fully to Spotify over CD.

    Interface is excellent, as is the 'related artists' function.

    After 3 months i upgraded to the Unlimited version at £5pm (inc radio). The free open version has 20 hours listening time and adverts.

    Should add I feed it through a DacMagic (£229) as my PC soundcard is rubbish.
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