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Last.FM no longer free on mobile devices

Alex T.
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 Popular streaming service Last.FM annonced recently that as of February 15th it will no longer offer its streaming on mobile devices for free. Long-time users will get a free 3 month bonus, but new users are looking at a $3 a month fee - not much, but not free either. I hope it's just the weird laws or fees they are paying since they're based in the UK and other services don't follow suite. Read past the break for more info and post your favourite music streaming service in the comments, if you like.

 Personally, I use Pandora more a month than Last.FM ever, but the former is only available in the US. Last.FM offers tag searching for more general listening, when an artist or song isn't a concern, but more a genre or class of music. Since they're based in Britain, however, Last.FM can't offer pausing of music, only stopping, which is a major turnoff every time I fire up the site or app. For the same reason, however, I also assume that other music services won't follow the same model. 

Pandora has, for a while now, had ads in the free version and a hours/month restriction, but with AdFree installed and even with daily listening I haven't felt the need to pay a dime for it. Spotify is another cool service that lets you listen to millions of songs and even download them, for free (at least last time I checked). It's less geared towards music discovery (I've found at least 50 bands and artists I would not have heard of on Pandora by listening to music similar to theirs), but it's great if you know what you want to listen to and want it then and there. 

I don't know how much Last.FMs move affects you, but I can live with it. I am curious though what your favourite music streaming service is and why, so if you would, post it in the comments.

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  • Yan Matusevich Feb 9, 2011 Link

    What a bummer! I've been using Last.fm for almost 4 years, so I better get that 3 month bonus.

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    Alex T. Feb 9, 2011 Link

    I just tried the full website on my phone and if you've got Flash working it'll still give you unlimited access. It probably drains your battery more than the app, but it's not like streaming is that battery efficient in the first place.

    I didn't notice any stutter or skips on my Droid X, but your experience may vary. It's nice to have the option to use the website still. Yay Flash !

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  • Brianna Johnson Feb 13, 2011 Link

    I only used it when I didn't have music on my phone. I much prefer using Pandora as well. The whole no pausing thing was a big problem for me too. $3 is very inexpensive if you use the app a lot. Speaking of radio's does anyone remember Imeem? That was the main reason I switched over to last.fm.

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