Inspired by Tom Coombs’s recent “Have you seen…?” post, here are some of the things I’ve been banging on about recently over a double espresso. First… Last.fm
Last.fm plays you music while you’re online. It can create your own personalised radio station based the music you like, using its audioscrobbler music recommendation system. Connect it to iTunes to learn what you’re in to. Or just go to the site and type in the name of a band you like and start listening.
Click the heart symbol in the music player to “Love this track” and your radio station gets ever more tailored to you.
I’m listening over at http://www.last.fm/user/beatnicity.
Starting life in East London in 2002, Last.fm has really come in to its own with the proliferation of broadband and now mobile broadband. In 2007 Last.fm was bought by CBS.
Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like – and recommend songs from their music collections and yours too.
I’ve heard good things about the Last.fm iPhone app.
And finally if, like me, you like to sing along from time to time, check out Lyrics Muse – which combines Last.fm with a lyrics wiki to display the lyrics of the song you’re listening to in real time. And as the source is a wiki, if you think the lyrics displayed are wrong, you can always go and correct them.