What is Last.FM?
is a unique way to listen to free music on the Web. In the words of Last.fm itself: "Last.fm taps the wisdom of the crowds, leveraging each user's musical profile to make personalized recommendations, connect users who share similar tastes, provide custom radio streams, and much more." Put simply, it's a social music platform.
How do I listen to music on Last.FM?
You don't have to register with Last.fm in order to listen to music, but if you do (it's free) they are better able to match your unique tastes with the music you really want to listen to. You can also download Last.FM
and your profile will be supplemented with music already on your computer.
Once you've signed up for Last.FM, you are assigned a profile page where you can keep track of all the music you've listened to.
In order to *just* listen to music and skip all the cool stuff that Last.fm has to offer you, you can simply click on the Music tab, type in what you feel like listening to, and go to town. The Last.FM players can be embedded in a web site or blog; you can also listen to them as a pop-up, a nice touch since that is less drain on your system resources.
Why should I use Last.FM?
I find that Last.FM actually plays the music I want to listen to - if I want to listen to Johnny Cash, I get the Man in Black.
In addition, Last.FM has a ton of features that are well worth checking into, not the least of which is the ability to browse user profiles and see what music other people are listening to. I've found a lot of interesting stations this way.
Last, but definitely not least, I really appreciate the sheer amount of information that Last.fm provides for artists and songs. Type in any song or musician, and you'll get videos, pictures, bios, news, events, etc. It's a truly rich resource.