Scrobbling your BBC Radio listening
I feel compelled to keep my Last.fm profile up to date with what I've listened to. There I said it. But until now there has been no way of including the songs I listened to on the radio.
A few months ago, we created Last.fm profiles for Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music and 1 Xtra and began feeding (or 'scrobbling') now playing information into each. With this information available, it is now possible for you to update your Last.fm profile with the songs you've heard while listening to BBC Radio.
Both versions of the widget look and function (virtually) the same. Log in using your Last.fm account details, select one of the four radio stations which we currently support and whether or not you want every song to be scrobbled automatically. If you choose automatic scrobbling, you can remove individual tracks; if you choose manual scrobbling you choose which songs to add to your profile. Real Player is required for both widgets in order to stream live radio.
The widgets display a number of things while you are listening. Top right is your Last.fm avatar which shows you are currenly logged in. Under the now playing track is one or more buttons, depending on which version of the widget you are using. Under Yahoo! Widgets, the +/- button allows you to add the current track if you are using manual submission or remove it if you are using automatic submission. In addition, under OS X, you also have volume controls for the radio and a button to stop listening. To stop the Yahoo! Widgets version, right click and select Close Widget. Under these controls you will see one or more similar artists to the current artist and details of the programme and radio station you are listening to.
Please note these widgets are released as beta versions and probably contain bugs. While I cannot guarantee to be able to support their development, please let me know of anything you encounter in the comments.
A few technical details:
- The current playing track information is generated by our playout system. Any songs not played using this system will not be available to scrobble. E.g. live sessions, vinyl tracks.
- Due to the above and general internet lag, the song displayed may not accurate - the previous song is displayed until a new one is played.
- A reminder: these widgets are very much BETA
Download for OS X Dashboard
Version 0.3 | 30th May 08
Download for Yahoo! Widgets (version 4.5 or higher required)
Version 0.2 | 19th Dec 07