December 6th, 2005
last.fm is a great site to discover new music and meet people who have the same taste in music as you. It works by keeping a record of the songs you listen to and comparing this to other users on the last.fm site.
Registration is free and the site supports most media players for both Windows and OS X. Upon registration, you are required to download and install a plugin that will upload details of the tracks you play to their database. And after you have listened to 300 songs, the site automatically loads up a list of other last.fm users who listen to the same type of music as you do.
Moreover, not only does last.fm suggest songs that you may like but they also offer you a personalised radio station that plays music to suit your taste!
A similar service is provided by Pandora. However, Pandora is currently only available to users from the United States due to audio streaming regulations although they are working on acquiring the proper licenses to provide the service to users outside of the US.
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