After only one year, Last.fm has shut down their radio subscription service, citing “the music industry’s rapid change” for the decision, likely referencing popular online radio services like Pandora and Spotify.
While the service never really competed with other online radio services, it did have a following in Germany and Canada. Despite this, shutting it down could be the best option in order to focus on their goal of helping people discover new music. In January Spotify announced that users could listen to any music from its website in Spotify, and this partnership will still remain.
Source: The Verge
Most people that own a smartphone also use their phone to double as an mp3 player. It might not be the primary use of the phone, but it’s a popular feature nonetheless. If you only listen to just a little bit of music, storing all of your music locally on internal storage or an SD card is usually a quick, simple solution. But if you have a large music collection or perhaps your device lacks storage or an SD card slot, storing it all locally may not be an option. Like with all things Android, though, there’s always an alternative! In this case, most heavy music listeners opt for music streaming. The market for music streaming is pretty crowded, however, so the point of this guide is to walk you through some of the more popular options and choose which streaming service is the right option for you. Hit the break to find out more.
There are a few decent streaming music apps out there. All of which offer their own unique way of delivering its media. I’m pretty fickle when it comes to how I stream my music. I can go from Pandora to Last.fm to Slacker Radio. And sometimes I’ll use Radiotime for my local flavor.
Just as a quick note to all the fans of Slacker Radio, it’s been updated! See below for the list of recent changes.
What’s in this version:
1. This build includes numerous fixes including:
2. Caching stations over 4G/LTE 3. Station selections after automatic refresh
4. App launching on some 1.5 OS phones.
5. EVO USERS: If you experience errors, please contact Sprint Technical Support at 1-888-211-4727 and ask the Rep to apply the work around listed as: ‘HTC EVO 4G (A9292) – UPDATED 2-1-2011: Streaming multimedia applications receiving errors on software version 3.70.651.1′ in Sprint’s device portal
I’m a big fan of Pandora internet radio service on my Android phone, but I’ve experimented with a little Slacker and Last.fm. Last.fm has been available for free, ad-supported, on a myriad of platforms – Xbox, desktop, and various mobile devices. Sadly, it has been determined by the Last.fm management that it is not cost-effective to continue to offer free versions on all platforms. The only services that will remain available in free versions will be Xbox Live and Windows Phone 7, as well as the desktop version.
So, my Android-using friends…if you use the free version of Last.fm on your Android phone, it will be coming to an end on February 15th. While Last.fm has to maintain their bottom line, it’s always a shame to see free services come to an end. So enjoy this service while you can, because you’ve got about a week left!
[via Last.fm Blog]