Last.fm Recommendations for Spotify
Last.fm can make amazing recommendations for your Spotify listening because it has 40 million active users, and more than 50 billion tracks have been scrobbled! With all this information, it can very precisely determine what kind of music you might like. It works in a similar way to the recommendations you receive from online stores such as Amazon.com, one of the pioneers of the recommendation engine.
You can go straight to your Recommendations page by logging in. (Alternatively, click the Music tab, and then click Recommended for You.) On your Recommendations page, you can read artist biographies and click through to their most-played tracks. When viewing a track, you have the option to play it in Spotify (provided it’s in the database and you’re logged in from a country in which Spotify operates).
Another reason the recommendations work is because Last.fm relies heavily on its community to categorize (or tag) music — for example, male vocalists, indie, electronic, and so on. This method works in Last.fm’s favor because it paints an accurate picture of what the music is all about — it isn’t confined to just one or two potentially misleading tags. Spotify’s genres rely only on the data supplied by the artist or label — and sometimes no data is supplied or the data supplied isn’t accurate.
Those lucky enough to be in the U.S. or U.K. can listen to Last.fm radio for free via the website (you need to pay a bit extra to stream the track from its mobile app). Otherwise, you need to pay $3 a month (€3) for radio access from the web. When you access Last.fm radio, you can listen to music from your own Last.fm Library, completely new music, or a combination of the two.
Spotify’s own Related Artists feature can do this job, too, although Last.fm recommendations let you easily ditch or ban acts that you have no interest in with a click of a button, and you never have to hear them again. However, unlike Spotify, you can’t choose songs you want to listen to on demand.