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Last.fm
The Jasmine Flower
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Any members at last.fm here? I have registered there today.

Posted on: 2007/11/20 21:08
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What are you using the website for? What is the benefit?

Posted on: 2007/11/20 21:26
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Re: Last.fm
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Last.fm is a personalised radio station. You type in your favorite artist, in your case "Heather Nova", and the radio station plays Heather songs, and even more important, songs from similar artists. You can decide at each song if you like it or not. The radio station learns based your decisions, and after a time, it can suggest you the songs you may like even better. For example, I clicked each male singer away, and it rarely suggests any male artists to me anymore.

Today, I have listened to lots of new music. I have noticed that I like artists I have never heard of so far. It's a way to learn new music, probably to find even friends who have a similar music taste, as everyone can see what you listened to, and you can see what other people listened to...

It's funny as well, I started with "Lisa Germano", and the 29th suggested song was finally a song from Heather.

Posted on: 2007/11/20 22:05
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As you clicked all male singers away, I guess you'll find now only men as friends!

Posted on: 2007/11/20 23:48
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Re: Last.fm
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Not only men like women.

Posted on: 2007/11/21 0:25
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Re: Last.fm
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For example, I have currently a radio station with artists "similar to Kate Bush", and the last songs had been:

Björk - Joga (Buzz Water Mix)
Kate Bush – Joanni
Blondie – Dreaming (Utah Saints mix)
10,000 Maniacs – Like the Weather
Tracy Chapman – America (Album Version)
Sheryl Crow – What Can I Do For You
Jewel – Grey Matter (Live 2001)
Natalie Imbruglia – On the Run
Laurie Anderson – On The Way To Jerusalem (Live)
The Sugarcubes – Motorcrash
Cyndi Lauper – Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
The Cranberries – I Will Always

(plus some males, I have skipped those)

Posted on: 2007/11/21 1:45
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Re: Last.fm
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Listening to webradio, I prefer Musicovery.com. It's quite handy: you define your current 'mood', select a genre if you will, wether it should allow hits or only non-hits, time-period, and you are set. It's really a 'web', since all songs are connected and you can freely skip between them. I found it to be very useful .

Btw, what's with the discrimination of male artists?

Posted on: 2007/11/21 14:16
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Re: Last.fm
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based upon your listening profile (also feeding from your computer when you use music player like iTunes/Mediaplayer on your laptop/desktop - the desktop tool feeds the titles to your profile) it creates a list of your music-neighboors.

it then creates a list of recommended music (that you can listen in the streaming 'radio' station, either on webpage, or in dekstop tool). When you are a paid member (E2,50 per month) you can listen a few more stations, like "loved songs" - the songs that you indicated before that you "love" them.

also, you can indicate to which concerts you go, and you can see who is going there too. etc etc etc.

my profile id is labrang

Posted on: 2007/11/21 14:29
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Mine is "germanofan".

Posted on: 2007/11/21 14:31
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our "compatibility" is very high...

Posted on: 2007/11/21 14:40
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Re: Last.fm
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Surprising!

Posted on: 2007/11/21 15:02
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a perfect match?

Posted on: 2007/11/21 22:36
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Re: Last.fm
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It made me curious - maybe I'll try it if I find the time.
It would be interesting which songs/bands/artists they suggest.

Posted on: 2007/11/23 12:10
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Yeah, it's nice. It's a bit like the feature on amazon "people who have bought this record have also bought...". Similar with last.fm. "People who have listened to Heather Nova have also listened to"...

It seems to be a good way to find new friends as well, as after a while, you get informed which people have a similar music taste than you, that is, which people have listened in the last week to almost the same songs as you. And then you can listen to some of their other songs, which you might enjoy as well.

Of course, many suggestions are not surprising. When I type in "Kristin Hersh", one of the first suggestions is often "Throwing Muses", for example. Also, when you type in "Heather Nova", you are suggested to listen to people like Tori Amos or PJ Harvey as well. But it is not the same order each time, there is a random function build in.

That's what I have listened to these days: http://www.last.fm/user/germanofan/

Posted on: 2007/11/23 15:32
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also, you get to know artists in your range that you have never heard of.

Sarah Slean is one of them, i got to know this way.

Posted on: 2007/11/26 9:14
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Re: Last.fm
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And I noticed you get informed about concert dates from the people you listen to. It can happen that you listen to some music you have never heard before, and you like it, and then you read the artist plays in Frankfurt (for example) next week. So you might consider now to go to this concert, and you can see that maybe five members of last.fm plan to go to this concert as well.

Posted on: 2007/11/26 11:11
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yes. it adds up.

Posted on: 2007/11/26 16:25
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Re: Last.fm
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I got musical neighbors!

Posted on: 2007/11/27 0:18
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Re: Last.fm
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Quote:

jelger wrote:
our "compatibility" is very high...

Now it's only high... surely not my fault, as I listened to pretty much the same music as the last days already...

I noticed there is also "super" for best compatibility...!

Posted on: 2007/11/27 0:23
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lol.. i listen to the streaming media lately, as i am in the process of upgrading my systems at home, and so dont use my own music files. (some 120Gb that is)

Posted on: 2007/11/27 10:19
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Re: Last.fm
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I don't know if I will have much time to listen to last.fm in the next days, as I bought an album last week, today I got another album, then today or tomorrow three other albums will arrive, and two more albums are already ordered... Currently, I'm in the listening-to-new-artists-with-wanting-to-spend-lots-of-money-for-them-mood.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 12:15
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Re: Last.fm
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I like Pure Fm on the radio. I like to listen to it at work.

I don't know if it's a French or Wallon station, but the reception is quite good in Antwerp.

And it's a good way to improve my French ! That may always come in handy.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 12:31
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Re: Last.fm
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I logged in now - or signed up, or whatever. It's fun.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 14:05
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Re: Last.fm
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Tell me your username there and I will add you as my "friend"! If you want...

Posted on: 2007/11/27 14:33
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"grungeaztec" I haven't figured out yet how to invite friends. So it be glad if I'd be invited.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 16:29
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Re: Last.fm
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I should read more carefully. I had read "grunzattack" first.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 16:44
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That would fit as well.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 16:55
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Re: Last.fm
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I have never invited friends so far as well, but you will most likely get an e-mail from last.fm today where you have to click on a link, and that's all. If you don't get the mail, either I have forgotten to send it, or it is considered as spam, but it isn't!

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:08
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Quote:

Bernd wrote:
I don't know if I will have much time to listen to last.fm in the next days, as I bought an album last week, today I got another album, then today or tomorrow three other albums will arrive, and two more albums are already ordered... Currently, I'm in the listening-to-new-artists-with-wanting-to-spend-lots-of-money-for-them-mood.

you can play the cd's in your computer, and then your plugin will "feed" the titles into your lastfm profile

Posted on: 2007/11/27 23:16
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Re: Last.fm
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I know, but I have disabled this option.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 7:45
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This program is real fun - it's always nice to guess which artist they recommend next. Unfortunately I often have to listen to it wothout sound (if this were no contradiction), bscause my collegue's here in the office, but I follow the suggestions of last.fm in the background.

And I already found some bands I had not heard of before but which sound very promising.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 12:07
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Re: Last.fm
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Earphones?

Posted on: 2007/11/29 12:31
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Btw, Bene, have you gotten the mail for the friend invitation? Look at your hotmail address, please.

Oh, and the common artists of you and me are Hole, Auf der Maur, and L7, so far.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 12:34
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I was clicking "Auf der Maur" away, but somehow it was registered anyway. I got your e-mail and I tried to answer (don't know if I was succesful).

Posted on: 2007/11/29 13:13
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In the default setting, a song gets registered after you have listened to 50% of that song. You can delete registered songs as well (click on "recently listened tracks" and the trash bin).

Posted on: 2007/11/29 14:56
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Quote:

gerd wrote:
What are you using the website for? What is the benefit?


What is the benefit??? you get personal statistics, can discover new music, radio (not to mention I found the love of my life on that site!)

Way to go Bernd!

Posted on: 2007/11/29 20:28
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Mh, in my neighbors profile there is an 21-year old Italian woman who is currently living in Germany. Our musical "compatibility" is "super"! But she is a member in the groups "People with no social lives that listen to more music than is healthy who are slightly scared of spiders and can never seem to find a pen" and "Music is my boyfriend", so I wonder if she is interested.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 20:35
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Do what I did, click on a bunch of names and compliment the person you think has a good music taste that you wouldn't expect to have.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 21:05
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Quote:

Christina wrote:
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gerd wrote:
What are you using the website for? What is the benefit?


What is the benefit??? you get personal statistics, can discover new music, radio (not to mention I found the love of my life on that site!)

Don't forget that Gerd isn't searching for the love of his life, he has already found her: Heather. The only problem is that someone else was faster.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 21:19
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Ah, I've added something to my profile now, and I have added all concerts I've ever been to (except that one concert in Stuttgart where Heather was ill)!

Posted on: 2007/12/24 0:50
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