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Acquired byCBS
Price$280M
Date5/2007
TermsCash

General Information

Websitelast.fm
Blogblog.last.fm
Twitter@lastfm
CategoryMusic
Phone+44 (0) 20 7780 7080
Employees70
Founded1/2002

Offices

London, GBR
1-11 Bache's Street
London, N1 6DL, GBR

Funding

TOTAL $5M
FUNDING TOTAL $5M
Series A, 5/2006
Index Ventures
$5M

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Last.fm

Last.fm is a social networking company which revolves around its music recommendation engine. It offers events, wiki-created artist profiles and discographies and community forums. Unlike competitor Pandora, Last.fm’s recommendations are not generated by matching similar musical attributes, instead it offers internet radio stations programmed by comparing user data to the rest of the Last.fm user community. This data is submitted (or “scrobbled” to use the company’s terminology) via more than 600 devices and media players.

Another major differentiator for Last.fm from its competitors is the extensive API offering which allows products like Spotify, SongKick, and Microsoft’s XBox Kinect to use Last.fm user data to drive important features. Dozens of smaller developer have also built on the API, creating a vibrant, ad-hoc research and development community around music services exposing users playlists and favorite tracks on social networks like Facebook, Myspace, and Tumblr.

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Above: Homepage
Uploaded: 10/23/13

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Last.fm

WebsiteLast.fm
StageLive
Launch DateJuly 12, 2007
Tags social-music

Users “scrobble” the music they listen to on their ipod or computer through a downloaded application that records what they listen to. The scrobbler then sends this data to Last.fm’s servers. Last.fm compares user data to arrange personalized radio stations based upon your favorite music. The engine produces a station by grabbing music from other users’ whose taste is similar to your own. Additionally, users can have a radio station made around a single artist. These stations are created by recommending music that other users listen to in addition to your chosen artist. Additionally, Last.fm has largely incorporated social networking into its site. It has user profiles, events and widgets for your website. This is quite appropriate considering recommendations and stations are generated using communal data.

Last.fm Widget

Websitelast.fm/widgets
StageLive
Launch DateJuly 12, 2007
Tags social-music

The Last.fm widget allows users access to personalized radio on sites other than Last.fm. These sites currently include MySpace, Facebook , LiveJournal, your blog and your Google Sidebar. On the Facebook application (shown), users can make personalized radio stations based upon the artists in their “favorite music” section. Users may also listen to friends’ personalized stations who have installed the application.

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Above: Last.fm Widget Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 2/5/08

Last.fm iphone app

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The last.fm iphone app aloows users to listen to free streaming radio, and discover new artists on their iphone.

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Last.fm iphone app

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  1. CBS Acquires Europe’s Last.fm for $280 million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. Last.fm Secures Series A Funding From Index Ventures (prnewswire.co.uk) [edit]
  3. Developers, developers, developers (blog.last.fm) [edit]
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