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    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 4th Oct 10, 2:15 AM
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    Last FM feedback
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    • 4th Oct 10, 2:15 AM
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    Last FM feedback 4th Oct 10 at 2:15 AM

    This thread is specifically to discuss feedback for

    Last FM (Link)

    If you've used Last FM, we'd love to know how it was for you, so we can improve the guide. Click reply to leave your feedback.

    To read about online music streaming in general, read the main
    Free Online Music guide

    Many thanks,
    MSE Becca


    Now back to the original post...


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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!
    Last edited by Former MSE Becca; 19-02-2013 at 4:33 PM.
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    • Richy23
    • By Richy23 4th Oct 10, 4:12 PM
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    • 4th Oct 10, 4:12 PM
    Have you ever tried Spotify?
  • Renya
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    • 4th Oct 10, 6:11 PM
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    • 4th Oct 10, 6:11 PM
    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.
    Last edited by Renya; 04-10-2010 at 6:15 PM.
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    • $&*"($&(
    • By $&*"($&( 4th Oct 10, 6:42 PM
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    • 4th Oct 10, 6:42 PM
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    Don't forget WE7. www.we7.com
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 5th Oct 10, 2:04 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Renya
    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.
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 5th Oct 10, 2:05 PM
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    • 5th Oct 10, 2:05 PM
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    Don't forget WE7. www.we7.com
    Originally posted by grahawk

    Is this free or a subscription based? do you have any experience I can pick through
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    • By $&*"($&( 5th Oct 10, 6:43 PM
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    Is this free or a subscription based? do you have any experience I can pick through
    Originally posted by jenniewb
    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.
  • Kargo
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    • 5th Oct 10, 10:43 PM
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    Another vote for We7 here!
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  • Skeksis
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    • 5th Oct 10, 10:44 PM
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    I use the YouTube to MP3 converter from this site, 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!
    • Hotspur
    • By Hotspur 6th Oct 10, 1:40 AM
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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.
    • Empty pockets
    • By Empty pockets 6th Oct 10, 2:01 AM
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    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.
  • Naturlee
    I prefer spotify by miles.
  • SusieRoland
    I like Last.fm, perfect for when I'm out with a laptop, you can favourite certain tracks whilst they play and the plug-in automatically plays more similar. Also its fun to see a detailed list of what you've listenned to online and then be linked to the albums to buy your most listenned to tracks
  • medaala
    You can "scrobble" what you listen to onto Last.fm through Winamp and also through We7 if you set up a free login and enable it in settings I like We7 too.
  • Naturlee
    I would recommend spotify.
  • sierraleone
    Last.fm would annoy me immensely if I was using it as my primary music source as many of the tracks I want to listen to are unavailable or are only thirty second previews.

    I do listen to a lot of new music though so perhaps older stuff is more available on Last.fm. For the best new music, the Hype Machine (hypem.com) is fantastic - it's free and doesn't have ads, although I think you have to register to listen to more than three tracks in a row.

    Other than that, the paid versions of Spotify and we7 are great - we7 is particularly useful as it works within a browser so you can listen at work and home. But for a similar service that's free, try grooveshark.com
  • gaztop
    I use iTunes and my iPod for listening to my music collection, but I always scrobble. This means that Last.fm has learnt my music taste and when I listen to my personalised radio station I get a good mix of my music, plus artists or songs that I've never heard before, meaning that I actually expand my taste. Also, there are forums and communities on there to discuss music. For me it's a good replacement for listening to radio.
  • KatanaDV20
    I recommend Shoutcast. You can use it with Winamp & other players, tons of genres of streaming music!! Approx 43,000 stations. Some great music on there.
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