Goodbye, LastFM - Again

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 08:15

I started using LastFM probably around 6 years ago, and loved its offering. I discovered a huge amount of music I would have never found otherwise.

Then, some time later, it changed its terms of use, and those of us not in some selected countries lost the ability to stream them for free. Bummer.

About one year ago, I decided to purchase a subscription. After all, getting to know new music is always good — And listening to recommendations for friends with interesting music tastes is fun as well!

Of my last music purchases, both in CD and as MP3 downloads (not a spectacular volume, probably some 15 albums in the last year), I can only point to two that I knew the interpreter beforehand. So, we could say I have bought approx. 1 album per month completely thanks to LastFM.

But, as of January 15, they are changing their licensing terms, and LastFM streaming service will no longer be available in Mexico. All it will continue to give me is recommendations based on my listening habits, given I continue "scrobbling" - Much less useful, not to say completely useless given my usual patterns.

So, I'm sadly cancelling my subscription, and quite probably will stop using the service altogether. And yes, this will make me reevaluate freely licensed music services. But while I know of several free music distribution sites such as Jamendo, I will long for this LastFM abililty to deliver me music that is aligned to my current tastes (instead of looking them up by myself)

Any suggestions on where to look for a similar service?

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Wolken's picture

:) Ps yo uso Aupeo, ya de


Ps yo uso Aupeo, ya de unos meses para aca lastFM andaba poniendose muy mamertx con las restricciones, yo no tenia suscripcion, ya que usaba relativamente poco el servicio =) y ahorita aupeo! a servido para mis objetivos malvados. aunque no deja de echarse de menos el poder compartir gustos similares con otros :/ en fin =)

XenGi's picture

Have you tried Pandora? I

Have you tried Pandora? I love there suggestions and with a tunnel like hotspotshield or a cheap vps in the usa you can use it outside usa too. I'm using it in germany and it works fine.

Erick's picture

Alternative to Last.FM

Hello Gunnar,

I used to enjoy too. I think 1 year ago I switched to grooveshark because I can listen to the music almost anywhere and gives me good recomendations too. You might want to check it out.

Also I know spotify which is better but they don't give service in Mexico. Some people use proxys to avoid this issue.

have a good day.

Athropos's picture

I'm facing the same situation

I'm facing the same situation in Switzerland, no more radio.

To be honest, I subscribed mainly because I listen to a lot of music and am a stat freak at the same time. I use the site a lot for this reason, and started being a subscriber maybe 3 years ago just because I like the service they provide.

But for most people, a subscription without the radio is almost useless, and I fear they'll lose a lot of subscribers. I hope they'll get through this...

mirabilos's picture



I just listen to music streams and normally do not buy the music. I’ve purchased the VIP membership at live365 point com, who say that they deal with all the GEMA/RIAA stuff and feed some money to the artists of the music I actually listen to. Then I go pick out some stations on that horrid website of theirs and put them into a textfile, with their description and genres. Then, when I’m in the mood, I just run a small script that uses cURL to log in and get the cookie and path, then runs mplayer on it with the station name to give me up to 8 hours of music.

No id3 tags though, so I do *not* know what song they’re playing (actually, they require that the programme is not known in advance, but you *could* go to the station page on their website and look up the last few tracks played if you felt like it and dealing with a web2.0 site).

While I’d occasionally like to know what I was hearing just now, and occasionally would really like to vote down one track out of the station’s playlist (which are sometimes real live radio stations, sometimes have just a static or somewhat dynamic playlist (the smallest I saw was a circle repeat of 3 songs, 2 of which were the same by a different interpret), and sometimes something in between), this matches my listening behaviour quite well: I want to listen to “something classical but no Opera” (chorals or something), “instrumental classical”, “something like Nightwish or Edguy” (melodic metal), “something rock/pop”, “something ambient”, “something new age”, … and not care much about the rest, and if I don’t like it, I go on to the next station. And every once in a while, I go to the process of picking out a few more stations.

I don’t know if it would work well for your goal, but maybe.

(And every once in a while I tune in to an actual local radio’s mp3 stream, or some stream someone in IRC told me to try out.)

pehjota's picture

Is one of the "free music distribution sites" of which you know? is an instance of GNU FM, a free software music community Web site with a API. All of the music on is freely licensed and can be streamed/downloaded to anywhere in the world at no charge (though donations – to support and the artists – are encouraged).

Anonymous's picture


I'm just going through content on magnatune — pick a genre (although they're not very good with genres, with a lot of good stuff in "other"), and do an A-Z skipping anything I don't like and downloading what I do. Not a lot of big-name artists there but the plus is I get more oggs that I can play without an internet connection.

Anonymous's picture

Grooveshark is pretty good :)

Grooveshark is pretty good :)

Luca's picture

Ya probaste Jango? Es del

Ya probaste Jango? Es del estilo de spotify y no cuesta

gwolf's picture

A redux, so far...

Thanks for all of your reccomendations - Right now, I'm using Grooveshark, and it works decently. Even in its experimental HTML5 interface (as I refuse to use the Flashy one).

I will most likely check some others that were suggested here. I have a couple of usability gripes with Grooveshark, so... Well, we shall see :)


Chrono's picture

Grooveshark on HTML 5

I have been trying to make work the html5 version of grooveshark but nothing as fixed the issue I have.

I tested the html5 grooveshar with FF, Opera even IE.
I can load the queue of song but each song gets skipped.

how do you use html5 version of grooveshark ?

thank you.

gwolf's picture

Only via Chromium...

I also tried with FF (Iceweasel) to no avail, but it works well with Chromium (and I surely expect to work correctly under official-Chrome). Many features are missing, but it works acceptably.

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I'm just going through content on magnatune — pick a genre (although they're not very good with genres, with a lot of good stuff in "other"), and do an A-Z skipping anything I don't like and downloading what I do. Not a lot of big-name artists there but the plus is I get more oggs that I can play without an internet connection.

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