Last.fm is another streaming music service with its own iPhone app. This service’s specialty is music recommendation, in that it analyzes the music you listen to and then recommends other music you might like. It’s a terrific way to discover new songs, albums, and artists, based on what you already like to listen to.
Unlike Spotify, Last.fm is free for mobile users. Well, not completely free; you can pay $3/month to get unlimited “radio” listening, if you want, but there’s a lot to listen to without that. There are about 12 million tracks in the Last.fm librarynot quite as many as you get with Spotify, but enough for most folks.
You can search and listen to individual tracks as you would with any music service, or click the app’s Recommended tab to view and listen to Last.fm’s personal recommendations. You’ll see a screen full of artists that Last.fm thinks you’ll like, based on your past listening habits; tap an artist to learn more or to play an ad hoc “radio station” of that artist’s music.
Figure 6 Viewing personalized recommendations in the Last.fm app.