During my daily navigationing of the World Wide Web, I came across this site called last.fm that attempts to bring about a "Social Music Revolution". Since the past few years, the word 'Social' has had a different meaning across the web…we had soical networking sites like Orkut, social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us and even social browsers like Flock!!! They all aim to make the users collaborate with each other,share with each other. So while one was designed to share bookmarks and some other thing to share somthing else, last.fm was designed to share music! Hold it! Not 'actual' music but the 'music tastes' i.e. people will be letting others know what kinda music they prefer to listen and which artist,which genre and other such tidbits.
In their own words: You get your own online music profile that you can fill up with the music you like. This information is used to create a personal radio station and to find users who are similar to you. Last.fm can even play you new artists and songs you might like. It's addictive, it's growing, it's free, it's music.
So what one has to do to avail of their services, absolutely free of cost, is this:
After picking a username and signing up, you would typically install an Audioscrobbler Plugin for your media player (iTunes, Winamp etc..) which sends the name of every song you play on your computer to Last.fm. Over time, this list of songs grows larger and larger – you can see your personal listening charts on your userpage. Last.fm automatically finds people with a similar taste, and generates music recommendations for you.
If you have a broadband internet connection, you should grab the Last.fm Player. This is a small application that plays you Last.fm radio – where each listener gets different songs, all picked automatically depending on your music taste.
There are dozens of other entertaining and useful aspects of Last.fm, but you'll have to sign up and explore them for yourself 🙂
Visit the site at http://www.last.fm