last.fm was a very cool website. It was free, it was hip, it kept getting better.
Add a few years and the free part is dropped out, as it often happens.
What does this wonderful site have that makes it so wonderful and worth me writing about it?
All it did, or its core fuction is to gather information about its users listening habits. What do you listen to and when do you listen to it. From that it does the following:
- Customized radios: you can pick a genre, friend, yourself or an artist, and it will play either songs that are related to what you picked or simply popular concerning what you picked. This means that with the click of a button you can listen to your friends music collection. Or even, you could listen to a radio composed of your favorites songs. Or even just listen to radio that plays music you don't know, based on your tastes in regard to other similar users.
- Recommendations: As mentioned before, last.fm can pickup what you like. It then finds similar users and recommends to you the stuff that they like, and that you don't know about. It's likely that this way you will find new music that you enjoy. Also, it will recommend concerts of band, based on your taste.
And it's basically this that makes last.fm so cool: costumized radios and recommendations.