Last.fm is a multi-purpose platform which allows quite a few features, each special and cool in its own way. The most important is the fact that it can keep track of what you’ve listened and what you’re listening to right now. In time, you can check out which artist was your favorite in the past week, month, half an year, etc. Not only that, but your favorite songs, most-played songs and other awesome stats are offered as well. Not to mention artist bios, cover art from almost every album out there and several other sets of info worth looking into.
How Does Last.fm work?
The platform, as mentioned above, has extended functionality. The main feature is that you can download the ‘Last.fm Scrobbler’ from the website. This piece of software will register the songs you listen to and supports most popular players (iTunes, Winamp and Windows Media Player). Aside from that, the scrobbler will also act as an interface towards your Last.fm profile- one you can access directly from your desktop, granted you have a working internet connection.
Aside from the Scrobbler, you get free music listening for featured bands on the website. There’s even the Last.fm radio available, which features songs played by others around the world. And last, but not least, there’s the social platform – you can connect with friends and see what they’ve listened to or even what they’re listening to right now. Groups are often used and allow people from around the world to connect under certain common interests, common favorite bands, artists or even songs.
You can start your own radio station which means that songs from your library will be directly linked and played through YouTube videos (when available). You can access and listen to your own station when you’re not at home and also share the station with friends who like the kind of music you listen to. Important music-related events are also featured on the website, keeping you up to date with the newest concerts and venues near you!