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Friday, August 19, 2005

Neo Soul Today Music @ Last.fm

By Sean
Editor-in-Chief, Neo Soul Today

Earlier this month, I discovered a new, free, web-based music service called
last.fm. Last.fm was formerly known as Audioscrobbler amongst hard core music enthusiasts and deep within the blogosphere. So what is it exactly? I'm getting an idea of what it is, however, here's their definition of what they are:

"Last.fm is the flagship product from the team that designed the Audioscrobbler system, a music engine based on a massive collection of Music Profiles. Each music profile belongs to one person, and describes their taste in music. Last.fm uses these music profiles to make personalized recommendations, match you up with people who like similar music, and generate custom radio stations for each person"

"After picking a username and
signing up, you would typically install an Audioscrobbler Plugin for your media player (iTunes, Winamp etc..) which sends the name of every song you play on your computer to Last.fm. Over time, this list of songs grows larger and larger - you can see your personal listening charts on your userpage. Last.fm automatically finds people with a similar taste, and generates music recommendations for you."
--Last.fm
It's quite a creative concept. You see what neo soul music I'm listening to right now. I essentially let iTunes play a portion of my neo soul collection. It is an excellent way of getting a real-time idea of what we're up to from a music perspective. Most of all, if you trust our taste in music here at Neo Soul Today, then you can consider this as a new source for discovering new neo soul music and artists. It lists the tracks I've just listened to, all of the total tracks I've listened to, as well as the artists. Last.fm also has the capability of streaming a Neo Soul Today radio station consisting of these neo soul songs. However, I haven't found this to work reliably because most of the music I listen likely too underground. When the radio feature becomes more reliable, you'll be the first to know. Truth be told, I'm still kicking the tires on Last.fm's capabilities. However, it seems that I'm onto something here.

Please visit the Neo Soul Today User Page @ Last.fm regularly to remain up-to-date.

Please feel free to comment on what you see and hear. We hope you discover something and/or someone new.

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