What is Last.fm

Last.fm is a music website, founded in the United Kingdom in 2002. Using a music recommender system called “Audioscrobbler”, Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user’s musical taste by recording details of the tracks the user listens to, either from Internet radio stations, or the user’s computer or many portable music devices.

This information is transferred (“scrobbled”) to Last.fm’s database either via the music player itself (Spotify, Deezer, Clementine, Amarok, MusicBee) or via a plugin installed into the user’s music player. The data is then displayed on the user’s profile page and compiled to create reference pages for individual artists.

Ive been using the service since 2006 with the username Stevemcp and it helps me in many ways including when it comes to compiling my weekly and yearly playlists.

The site has recently had a massive makeover which has improved a lot of the features. Towards the end of 2016 it also provided all users with a ‘year in music’ set of stats’ and since we all love stats, right? Here’s mine – click the image to see the full analysis…

last.fm: a year in music


Isn’t it awesome?

Do you use last.fm? If so it would be great to connect. If you don’t use it then I would highly recommend it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet @PopAndTalk

Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.