Creating a virtual radio station with Last.fm

PERSONAL PLAYLIST

Article from Issue 66/2006
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Last.fm tracks your musical tastes and helps you find users with similar interests.

If your computer is anything like mine, it is probably full of MP3 and OGG Vorbis songs from various sources. Internet radio is a genuine alternative to filling up your hard disk with audio files. But just as with ordinary radio, the songs tend to repeat after a while, and you have to look around for a new station. Last.fm [1] is an alternative to traditional Internet radio players. The Last.fm player is linked to an online database that stores information on your musical interests. When you set up a musical profile, you create a space for Last.fm to store information on the music you like. This information can then be used to create a “personal radio station” based on your listening habits. Last.fm builds a music list tailored to your interests.

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