Last.fm to close subscription radio streaming service

  • 27 March 2014
  • From the section Music
Last FM website

Last.fm is closing its subscription radio streaming service from 28 April.

In a forum post, the firm explained it would aim to improve the tracking of listening habits, or scrobbling, and recommendations for new music.

The news comes after reports that the service was struggling to compete with similar sites such as Spotify.

People will still be able to use personal stations via third-party apps and services, where the music will be played through other sources.

The website statement said: "From 28th April, our subscription radio streaming service will come to an end.

Last FM website

"This means subscriber radio will no longer work on any platform or device.

"We're making this change to focus on improving scrobbling and recommendations, while continuing our goal of being your #onemusichome."

The new Last.fm player uses YouTube videos to play tracks.

The move comes after the firm's partnership with Spotify for on-demand playback.

The decision has not been welcomed by many of its users.

Some claim that the move alienates those who had shown their support for the company by paying money.

But the firm says it will refund unused parts of annual subscriptions and added that new features will be available as a part of the package.

The Last.fm statement continued: "Hardware devices that currently scrobble, such as Sonos and Logitech Squeezebox, will continue to scrobble as long as the manufacturers support it.

"We continue to work on new ways to bring scrobbling to every corner of the music universe to make Last.fm your music home.

"Last.fm subscribers are some of the most dedicated music fans out there and we are deeply grateful for your support over the years.

"We understand that many of you will not like this decision."

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