For a while now I’ve been using a service called last.fm. Basically it (a program called a scrobbler) monitors what music I listen to and compiles statistics. I only do it because I find statistics interesting, and often I surprise myself that I’ve listened to lots of an artist that I never really considered one of my favourites, for example.
last.fm can also recommend other music you might like, based on your taste which it works out from what you’ve listened to recently. I don’t bother with this because I don’t like being told what to do 😛
last.fm is free to join and the scrobbler will run on many platforms. I currently scrobble on:
- Rhythmbox running on Fedora at home
- Windows Media Center running on Vista at home
- iTunes on Mac OS X at work
Of course, as with every similar site, there is a widget you can embed into your website, Facebook page, etc, etc. So here’s mine.
If you’re really interested in seeing more of my musical history, my Music Profile has many more views. You can even compare your musical tastes to mine!
No, really. I’m not interested in comparing tastes or building a network of friends, and I don’t expect you to find my history interesting. I just scrobble because I find my personal results interesting. Give it a go; you might too.