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So, I’ve signed up to last.fm - can someone tell me, me, with a sizeable music collection, always on the lookout for something different to listen to, should bother with it? I’m intrigued and I think there’s something there for me. Apart from all the usernames and usual stuff - last.fm also requires a separate application on my mac. I’m not sure this is simplicity and I’m not sure I like it.

The last.fm site is nice and fluffy and I like it, but can I really be bothered with it? Any site in the user-generated-content, Hello Kitty style, Web 2.01 mould, however brilliant, does require some time. I feel like I spend a lot of time on Flickr, but some people must spend their entire lives on there tagging this, that and the other. I tried del.icio.us and I felt it just got in the way and required me to do MORE.

It seems like all things in life, the more time you put in to something, the more you get out, and to get more out of sites like last.fm, you have to put the time in.

  1. In my recent experience Web 2.0 is now a mainstream buzzword that now annoys and amuses the lumpenmiddleclass. Just like knowledge-harvesting and all that. 
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You say last.fm requires ‘some time’. However, I think this is what makes last.fm different from other current user-generated-content sites. All you have to do (once you’ve signed up, and plugged in your favourite music program) is listen to music. And that’s really easy!

What can you get out of it?

Well, first of all you can discover new bands. This is achieved through the conventions and patterns the site can draw from the vast amount of data it consumes. Although the recommendations usually bring up a lot of bands you already know, it can also throw up some gems too.

If you’re a web developer and wish to aggregate your data (in to your own site), last.fm has quite a few ways of exporting that data, mainly XML and plain text with a sprinkling of RSS.

Finally, there is the radio. A feature I don’t tend to use currently, due to my listening preference. There are radios of friends, recommendations, tags and probably more (especially if you’ve subscribed).

If you want to do more, you can. You can join and participate in groups and tag your favourite artists. You can write posts or review events. I only very occasionally do this, but this is purely optional, and I don’t see as the main purpose of last.fm

Hope that helps!

Posted by trovster on Friday, February 23, 2007 at 15:21 GMT

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I’m still at it and sticking with, as you can see from my last.fm page. I’m actually starting to quite like it. The biogs are really helpful and interesting, and it seems there are people out there as well as me who listen to both Stereolab and Super Furry Animals.

Posted by Simon Clayson on Monday, March 05, 2007 at 14:50 GMT

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