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As a resource for keeping track of your music listening activities, last.fm is great - offering weekly, monthly and overall charts for artists, albums and tracks. However, as a tool to discover new music, the artist recommendations by the site itself are pretty hit and miss.
it's too easy to plug-in and too powerful not to be using. (if you're on spotify, hooking in last.fm is a no-brainer.) however, it's true that the site can sometimes feel a little slow to move with the times. a sleeping giant, but a giant nonetheless.
Amazing service, spot-on recommendations. I've learned about more music through this than any other digital service. Their artist index is better than any other (including Grooveshark or Spotify). The community has been great - hints for new artists, free downloads, and upcoming shows. Also the streaming through XBOX is awesome, and I highly recommend it to all XBOX Live users.
Great tracking service (it connects with your itunes and a lot of music playing websites like 8tracks and Hypem) so you can see what you've been listening to, and it recommends bands that are actually compatible with your tastes unlike other similar websites. It also offers an event calendar which shows everything from small to large gigs, and it recommends festivals based on your music taste.
Catalogue your music listening history, see charts of your listening habits organized by year, month, artist, etc. dating back years, compare music tastes with friends, be informed of shows of bands you like happening in the area, make friends with people attending the same shows of you, have your music library streamed on the go, and show off your fine, sophisticated, eclectic taste in music.
Great for recording what you listen to. Big data for a little person.
I'm not too fussed about anything else they do — recommended artists, radio to play, chatting amongst fans, etc, etc. And songkick do a better job of recommending gigs for me to go to based on the same data.
Great tool to keep track of songs you listen to, while generating charts and recommending new songs based on your taste. Scrobbling is free of charge for everyone.
Cons: Listening to music is free only in a couple of countries, otherwise you need to pay a monthly fee for it.
Solid integration with all kinds of standalone music players, in addition to its own solid standalone player, providing background info on each artist/song. Very nice website.
Cons: While the recommendation engine is awesome once you scrobble a lot of songs, the site could do more to engage its social-networking aspects.
A place where you can represent your favorite music, find similar artists, and connect with people like you. Oh, and show off the number of scrobbles you have :)
Cons: There are many trolls at any given time, ready to insult your music taste (though I find it slightly entertaining).
Lots of new music discoveries. Lots of like-minded people to talk to and share music tastes with. Generally sympathetic crowd. Eliminates the need to type all the music u like every time u meet sbd
Cons: The radio sometimes skips or need reconnecting. Lots of new music to discover and not enough bandwidth to download it ;-). If you are from a wrong country, you need to pay for radio service.
Exposes you to a wide variety of bands and even genres that you otherwise might not have heard of. If you like listening to music, then this site is most certainly for you.
Cons: As a previous user mentioned, the social aspect of this site is indeed pretty limited. The focus is on music.
I love that I can track my favorite music through laptop crashes. A personalized tag radio is way better than Pandora's "music genome". App to play on my mobile device.
Cons: Not everything is there. You can't play music in the order you want -- you have to shuffle.