23 Ağustos 2007 Perşembe
Last.fm is a UK-based internet radio and music community website, founded in 2002. It is one of the world's largest social music platforms with over 15 million active users based in more than 232 countries. On May 30, 2007, CBS Interactive acquired Last.fm for US$280m (£140m), the largest European Web 2.0 purchase to date.
Using a unique music recommendation system known as "Audioscrobbler", Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user's musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, either on the streamed radio stations or on the user's own computer or iPod. This information is transferred to Last.fm's database ("Scrobbled") via a plugin installed into the users' music player. The profile data is displayed on a personal web page. The site offers numerous social networking features and can recommend and play artists similar to the user's favourites.
Users can create custom radio stations and playlists from any of the audio tracks in Last.fm's music library, but are not able to listen to individual tracks on demand, or to download tracks unless the rightsholder has previously authorised it. Registration is required to acquire a profile but is not necessary to view any part of the site or to listen to radio stations.