[Trisquel-users] Libre.fm and Rhythmbox
andyprough at gmail.com
andyprough at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 21:41:59 CET 2019
Scrobbling was a new thing with last.fm about 15 years ago, when it first
became a service and it envisioned itself as a social network platform.
Basically, you would form communities of people that had similar listening
histories based on songs they had scrobbled, you could find friends, share
recommendations amongst each other, have discussions about favorite songs,
etc. As you can imagine, it never really took off as a major social network
platform, and today is mainly just used as another music streaming service.
In fact, last.fm doesn't even stream its own music anymore. The only way to
use the site is to enable youtube or spotify to handle the music streaming
Libre.fm, by contrast, has always used the GNU FM streaming backend, which is
a project of the FSF. Libre.fm doesn't seem to have such a huge catalog of
songs that they offer up many recommendations. But if you like a certain type
of music you can search for it, such as "slow jazz", and libre.fm will play
you a big playlist of songs that users have tagged with that characteristic.
The scrobbling aspect of libre.fm seems to be simply to keep track of your
own listening habits. This is really good on a service like libre.fm, where
you are constantly being introduced to new music you've never heard of. If
you did not have a listening history, you would not be easily able to figure
out which song it was that you really liked that you listened to at some
point in the past. Also, as with last.fm, if you had friends on libre.fm you
would be able to share your scrobbled listening histories with each other,
and learn about some new songs.
At one time, last.fm had some algorithms they used to send you music
recommendations based on your scrobbled listening history. People actually
used to pay them a monthly fee for services like that. Today, I figure they
are probably just using the recommendations from spotify or youtube.
If you want to view my scrobble reports, you can see my last.fm one here:
https://www.last.fm/user/andyprough, and my libre.fm one here:
https://libre.fm/user/andyprough/stats. On libre.fm, I highly recommend any
music by Keffy Kay (https://libre.fm/artist/Keffy+Kay/), all of which is free
to download. On last.fm I'm partial to Germany's Ulrich Schnauss and
England's Zero 7 (both of whom made it big via last.fm), and I am last.fm
friends with a Netherlands musician named Jap Jap and a Finnish musician
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