I was told about Last.fm by a few of my fellow Palace Authors. Apparently it’s an amazing website, where you can find out about gigs of artists one likes, discover other music, and of course, like almost all website these days it seems, make loads of friends and comment on their self made profiles. According to itself: Last.fm
“connects you with your favorite music, and uses your unique taste to find
new music, people, and concerts you’ll like.”
So let’s try this out. Apparently, should I decide to join, I will find all my favourite music, new music I should enjoy, and make many new friends! “Wonderful!” I thought to myself, “I’ve never really gotten into the whole “music” scene that those crazy kids are into these days. Maybe this is what will catapult me into a magical e-cavern of musical wonders where no-one can leave without a love for the musical treasures they bear witness to!”
So I typed in the site address and clicked enter. WHOOSH! Off I went to the aformentioned cavern. (Well it wasn’t so much as “WHOOSH” as it was a crawl. But that’s regards my lousy internet connection, and therefore is a complaint for a different blog.)
And we begin. Upon registering, (a process that I despise no matter what the site, but that’s just my own petty problem) I was told of the last.fm software. This software will keep track of all the music that I listen to online, record it, and tell others of my music taste.
And so the preparation has begun. I’ll now start voicing my opinion: This is an awfully confusing site. I search for an artist and get a list saying “Artists that sound like Fiest” or whoever the hell I am looking for. Wow. Thanks Last.fm. That really helped me in my quest to know more songs of Fiest’s other than “1,2,3,4”! (Which is a fantastic song by the way.)
“Well,” I thought, “at least I can listen to other musicians, ones I don’t know. I’ll broaden my musical horizons!”
“Oh no you don’t!” retorts the Lastfm software. For those of you that talk to me on my very VERY old MSN, you will know of my irrational fear of downloading. For those who don’t, I have an irrational fear of downloading, well , anything. So I suppose Last.fm has helped me in that aspect. At least now I do not fear downloading as much as I did in the past. Although I now distrust downloading even more than I did previous to my Lastfm experience.
Why do I dislike the software? Well, it seems to think that I only want to listen to 30 second samples of songs I’ve spent hours hunting, it assumes that I won’t want to skip BACKWARDS, the stop button only works when I click with my right hand while hopping up and down on one leg and clicking my tongue. (I might be exaggerating for comedic effect, but you’ll have to decide that for yourself.)
To top it all, I apparently listened to 6,300 tracks since I joined Lastfm. I would love to say that I did have the opportunity to accomplish such a feat, but thanks to the strange Last.fm software, I didn’t get to listen to 63 songs, nevermind 6300.
I must say though, that Last.fm works very well for the vast VAST majority of folk.
In conclusion, Lastfm is actually a great site, it just doesn’t like me.