I’ve been an avid Last.fm user since 2004. Well, back then the thing we now call Last.fm was two (almost) separate systems: Audioscrobbler and Last.fm. Last.fm was basically just a radio and Audioscrobbler was the one responsible for writing down and keeping “in mind” what the users had listened to.
Things changed a couple of years later. Audioscrobbler and Last.fm merged. Which was a good thing and in my opinion made the service one of the best music-related service in the world.
I found their personalized radio channels years ago but didn’t start listening to them until I wanted to find completely new bands and new genres. This is why Last.fm is the best tool in the world. Three euros a month for a great service was extremely inexpensive.
But a couple of days ago, we heard sad news. People in most countries in the world will not be able to access the Last.fm radio channels anymore. They will shut down the service in mid-January 2013.
Last.fm is making some important changes to the radio services we offer around the world. We have considered these changes carefully, in response to various factors that affect our business differently in parts of the world.
Unfortunately, in all other countries, we are no longer offering a radio service after this date.
Well, the world always changes. And fortunately, we still have Spotify here in Finland. It just takes some time to get used to Spotify again. You know, with the Last.fm personalized radio it was easy. I just needed to press Play and I got to listen to some great songs. Now, with Spotify, I need to make some decisions. One of my playlists or a radio? And if a radio, what should it be based on?
Well, anyway, Last.fm will remain one of my favourite services. It is an archive of which bands I’ve been listening to. Not bad for a free service.