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Last.fm - very neat! 
4th-Feb-2006 08:38 am
ohh shiny
spiritualmonkey and I signed up with last.fm (formerly known as Audioscrobbler) more than a year ago, since which we've played 7167 non-streaming tracks, according to its recordkeeping.

We haven't done much with the other features last.fm offers — I'd downloaded the last.fm player a while ago, but it didn't seem to work and I didn't feel like the hassle of getting it working.

But now they've updated the player software and it seems to work, so we're just beginning to explore it a bit. At the moment I'm listening to the custom station it created from the list of musicians I entered: Bonobo, Les Nubians, Linda Lyndell, Martina Topley-Bird, Morley, Norah Jones, Syl Johnson, The Meters.

Preliminary verdict - love it. Who needs FM radio?
4th-Feb-2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.... that sounds an awful lot like Pandora. Seems like there is some market demand for such a thing out there. I still feel it is "toy" rather than "product", but it is fun.

<luddite>Who needs FM? Nobody. But let me tell you, the last time power went out in my area, all the wireless phone and cellphone users were just begging to use my landline. Old tech is still good to keep around...</luddite>
4th-Feb-2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
I was just about to mention Pandora myself....
4th-Feb-2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
CTHULHU!... sorry, I mean cool thing about lastfm.com is that it's free. There's a pay upgrade, but the basic version kicks a significant volume of ass on it's own.
5th-Feb-2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Ah, the Elder Gods...

Well, Pandora can be free. With some effort, and you do not get all of the functionality, but still.
6th-Feb-2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh, no argument on the utility of old tech. We actually have a hand-cranked radio-plus-flashlight combo we keep on hand, which is useful even when all the batteries have already been looted from the stores once civilization starts breaking down. ;-)
6th-Feb-2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
We have one of those hand-crank radio/flashlight things as well. It was absolutely essential when we first moved in, because the power would go out at least once a month. It has been a lot more stable recently, though.

I also have a solar-powered battery recharger. It is pathetically slow, but in the case of the apocalypse, it could be of some assistance...
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