Last.fm

  • Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

    Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

    Music discovery company Last.fm just announced that it will end its subscription radio streaming service on April 28th. The radio service is currently available in the U.K., the U.S. and Germany with a freemium model. For $3/€3/£3, users can access Last.fm radio on their phones and get an ad-free experience. The streaming service is also available in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand… Read More

  • Last.fm Will Turn Down The Volume On Global Radio Services In January, Take Others Behind Paywall

    Last.fm Will Turn Down The Volume On Global Radio Services In January, Take Others Behind Paywall

    Last.fm, an early mover in the streaming music business, is scaling back some of its operations, and putting others behind a paywall, in a bid to cut costs and make more money out of its existing business, the company has announced. Read More

  • Last.fm Reveals That “Some” User Passwords Have Been Leaked

    Last.fm Reveals That “Some” User Passwords Have Been Leaked

    It looks like LinkedIn isn’t the only company dealing with password woes as of late. Just one day after it was reported that 6.5 million LinkedIn user passwords were dumped onto the web, London-based music recommendation network Last.fm has just recently announced on their website that they too are “investigating the leak of some Last.fm user passwords.” Read More

  • CBS-owned Last.fm Stems Losses To $4.45m, But bulk of Users Still In UK

    CBS-owned Last.fm Stems Losses To $4.45m, But bulk of Users Still In UK

    Last.fm, the UK-based music startup acquired by media giant CBS in 2007 for $280m (£140m), made a loss for 2009 of just under $4.45 million (£2.84 million), reveal new accounts for the company. The loss posted in 2008 was £17.11 million, reflecting the high costs of streaming music, which the company has now cut. It just goes to show how expensive streaming can be… Financials published… Read More

  • Less Spotify, More Pandora – We7 Shifts Focus To More Economical ‘Internet Radio Plus’

    Navigating the choppy waters of ad-supported music, We7 hasn’t been afraid to change course. The UK startup began life as an innovative free music download service before transitioning to an on-demand browser-based offering. While most recently the company, which is backed by Peter Gabriel, Eden Venture and Spark Ventures, made a premium paid-for play with a desktop and mobile… Read More

  • Last.fm Partners With MXP4 To Make Music Ads Sticky

    Is it possible to make online ads “sticky” so that users engage with them longer? That’s the aim of a new partnership between CBS-owned Last.fm and MXP4, the interactive music startup. Using MXP4′s technology, Last.fm is to begin offering brands the option to create ads that users of the music streaming and discovery service can interact with, such as remixing a track… Read More

  • Convert Your iTunes, Spotify, Last.fm And Other Playlists Into Twitter Lists

    Convert Your iTunes, Spotify, Last.fm And Other Playlists Into Twitter Lists

    If you’ve created music playlists using iTunes, Spotify, Last.fm, YouTube, We Are Hunted, Winamp, Rhapsody, Soundcloud, or even if you’ve simply scribbled a list of your favorite tracks in a notepad file, you need to check out Playlistify soon. The basic, solid premise of the service is to let you enjoy your custom-made playlists anywhere you like. I was looking for an excuse to… Read More

  • eMusic Reels In Another Major Label With Warner Music Deal

    eMusic Reels In Another Major Label With Warner Music Deal

    Digital music company eMusic is rumored to be up for sale, according to various reports, but that hasn’t stopped it from signing licensing deals with big music. This morning, eMusic announced that it come to an agreement with Warner Music Group and that it will soon begin selling tracks from WMG’s roster of artists to its U.S. users. eMusic last year inked a similar deal with… Read More

  • Your Guide To Music On The Web – Part #1

    Your Guide To Music On The Web – Part #1

    I’m a Web fanatic, I admit. But you probably already knew that… My work environment has been completely web based for years now. The same applies to my music. Like many people, I used to download music from Kazaa or eMule (Yeah, I know some of you still do). Most of the time now, I listen to music on the web and don’t have any need to download it. My laptop benefits the most… Read More

  • The Truth at Last(.fm)

    The Truth at Last(.fm)

    I’ve been in London for two weeks pretending to be part of the Traveling Geeks contingent of bloggers. But really I’ve been doing some deep investigative work on this whole Last.fm scandal. II showed up at their offices and guess what I found? A pile of servers sitting in a corner waiting to be delivered to the RIAA. Sure, they said they were just old servers… likely story. I… Read More

  • Last.fm free for Xbox Live Gold members

    Last.fm free for Xbox Live Gold members

    Flexing their journalistic muscles, the crew at Joystiq have details surrounding Last.fm’s arrival onto Xbox Live, which was announced at E3 this year. It shouldn’t come as a surprise by now, but Gold members will have 24-hour access to the service that’s ad supported for free. Read More

  • Last.fm Founders Call It Quits

    Last.fm Founders Call It Quits

    Last.fm founders Felix Miller, Richard Jones, and Martin Stiksel are leaving the music service they founded in 2002 and sold to CBS for $280 million in 2007. In a notice on the site’s blog, Miller writes about the company’s humble beginnings and its journey to CBS, as well as its continued growth since the acquisition: After two years running Last.fm within CBS we feel the time… Read More

  • Last.fm Brags About Uptime, Overheats, Goes Offline

    Last.fm Brags About Uptime, Overheats, Goes Offline

    Music service Last.fm, which was bragging about server uptime a week and a half ago, shuts its doors for the afternoon, claiming “datacenter temperature issues beyond our control” required them to go offline. The outage began around 12:30 pm PST, so we’re at two hours and counting. Updates are on their Twitter account. Read More

  • Deny This, Last.fm

    Deny This, Last.fm

    A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter. Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA, Last.fm and parent company CBS for comments. The only response was from CBS – “To our knowledge… Read More

  • Last.fm to charge for streaming, cuts off third-party mobile streaming apps

    Last.fm to charge for streaming, cuts off third-party mobile streaming apps

    And so it goes. Last.fm, which just went to a pay-to-play model, is shutting down mobile streaming due to “licensing agreements.” This means unofficial Last.fm scrobbling and streaming apps will now be verboten – although for how long and to what degree are not clear. The service will now cost 3 euros per month to users outside of the UK, US, and Germany and current… Read More

  • Radionomy Doubles Funding For Custom Internet Radio Platform

    Radionomy Doubles Funding For Custom Internet Radio Platform

    Radionomy, based out of Brussels, Belgium (yes we do have a startup scene here), has secured more funding in order to bring more enhancements to and enable scale for its personalized web radio application, which it is debuting in public beta today. The size of the financing round wasn’t shared in detail, but the startup did say its total capital now exceeds €1.5 million (roughly $2… Read More

  • The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    Big Media’s love affair with the Internet ebbs and flows with the markets. When they see money pouring into Web startups, they feel threatened and rush to do the same. They ramp up their digital divisions, which usually are no more than venture arms, and hope to strike it rich. When the markets are down, as they are now, their attention drifts elsewhere—exactly at the time when… Read More

  • Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?

    Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?

    That leaked U2 album is causing all sorts of trouble. The unreleased album, which is due out on March 3, found its way onto BitTorrent and was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. That, apparently, sent music industry lawyers over at the Recording Industry Association of America into a fit. As a result, word is going around that the RIAA asked social music service Last.fm for data… Read More

  • Fring Integrates Last.fm Into Its Mobile VoIP Client

    Fring Integrates Last.fm Into Its Mobile VoIP Client

    Mobile VoIP and IM service fring, one of the more popular mobile communication services around, is experimenting with porting a bunch of third-party apps to the fring client and will be announcing a number of those in the course of this year. Today, fring is launching a custom mobile-optimized Last.fm music radio add-on that brings a lot of the music recommendation service to the fring client… Read More

  • Last.fm Takes On Imeem On Android

    Last.fm Takes On Imeem On Android

    Music recommendation engine / social network Last.fm has launched an official, feature-rich application for the Android platform that enables users to stream radio stations (including personalized streaming radio), consult up-to-date concert information and also offers the ability to track users’ listening habits based on their Last.fm profile. The company says the application should… Read More