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It’s the beginning of the year and that means resolution season is upon us. And I have a suggestion — nay, a command — that’s both easy to achieve and satisfying: get yourself a Last.fm account. At this stage, you probably have one of two questions: what’s La…

Jan 8, 2021

Its the beginning of the year and that means resolution season is upon us. And I have a suggestion nay, a command thats both easy to achieve and satisfying: get yourself a Last.fm account.
At this stage, you probably have one of two questions: whats Last.fm? Or, why the hell should I use that stupid old website? Well, friend, let me explain.
Effectively, Last.fm is a service that tracks what youre listening to, something it refers to as scrobbling. It then uses this information to build out your music profile, which consists of reports and personalized music recommendations. Thats Last.fm in a nutshell.
Now to answer the second part: why? Well, let me throw a question right back at you: do you enjoy Spotify Wrapped? Getting to see what youve been listening to over the year presented to you in a pretty way? LAST.FM IS LIKE THAT BUT ALL THE TIME!
This is an example from my Last.fm profile, which is customizable. This is a rolling 7 day update from the date publishing (January 8).
You have access to a genital-tingling amount of information, something you can access in these fleshed out weekly reports:
This is just the tip of the iceberg, theres a lot more information below. Plus, there are monthly and yearly ones available too.
Last.fm is particularly useful if you listen to music across different services, as it has an array of plugins that help you keep track of everything. Ive been using it since 2006 (I know) and is a core part of my internet life. Its far better than Spotify and other services when it comes both to analyzing your listening habits and exploring new music. Plus, I just love staring at all this delicious data.
So why am I writing this piece now? Well, its because its the start of 2021. If you create an account and start scrobbling today, you can have a wonderful report at the start of 2022 thatll break down 12 months of beuatiful listening. And, unlike Spotify Wrapped, Last.fms report is actually released once the year is over. What a treat.
Is Last.fm perfect? Nope, its buggy, the features havent been updated for what feels like a decade, and the social aspect is simply ignored. In other words, its a mess. But its a beautiful mess. Importantly, its my mess. And, if you play your cards right, it could be your mess too.
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Published January 8, 2021 — 09:40 UTC