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#1 DS

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:07 AM

http://blog.last.fm/.../free-the-music

Free the Music
Wednesday, 23 January 2008

A few days ago we sent out some cryptic invitations to a press conference in New York that Felix and Martin are presiding over. We’ve had fun in the office reading the rumors and speculation, but it’s time to spill the beans:

As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website.

Something we’ve wanted for years—for people who visit Last.fm to be able to play any track for free—is now possible. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, we’ve made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way we believe it should be.

Full-length tracks are now available in the US, UK, and Germany, and we’re hard at work broadening our coverage into other countries. During this initial public beta period, each track can be played up to 3 times for free before a notice appears telling you about our upcoming subscription service. The soon-to-be announced subscription service will give you unlimited plays and some other useful things. We’re also working on bringing full-length tracks to the desktop client and beyond.

Free full-length tracks are obviously great news for listeners, but also great for artists and labels, who get paid every time someone streams a song. Music on Last.fm is perpetually monetized. This is good because artists get paid based on how popular a song is with their fans, instead of a fixed amount.

We will be paying artists directly.

We already have licenses with the various royalty collection societies, but now unsigned artists can put their music on Last.fm and be paid directly for every song played. This helps to level the playing-field—now you can make music, upload it to Last.fm and earn money for each play. If you make music, you can sign up to participate for free.

We’re not printing money to pay for this—but the business model is simple enough: we are paying artists and labels a share of advertising revenue from the website.

Today we’re redesigning the music economy. There are already millions of tracks available, and we’re adding more every day. We will continue to work hard to bring this to everyone in the world.


I think this was a really good move by last.fm and it's definitely great news for both listeners and musicians. I'm not sure how much they have to pay artists and labels but I suppose they have planned it so that they will make profit in the end. Either way, it's great that they are trying something like this.
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#2 Artis Leon Ivey Jr

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 02:17 PM

oh wow, the biggest? that's nuts.

their little search/similar artists thing isn't as good as Pandora but that's good for shit I've never found.
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:38 PM

holy shitt

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:54 PM

Cmon somebody must have something to say about this

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:23 PM

I don't care about this because I won't use it. I actually prefer hording illegal files on my computer. Not only do I get the music I like, but it also makes getting music into a little collecting hobby. Having it all available streaming online ruins the fun.

Also f*ck the corporate ad monsters.
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:42 PM

Meh I still can't find shit I want anyway

Like I wanted to hear 76:14 by Global Communications :(

Edit: http://www.last.fm/music/R%C3%B6yksopp lol I am Norwegian Terry Bogard (or Ash Ketchums)

Edit edit: Haha seriously every band I've been on the fence about doesn't have free songs so I still don't know :/

#7 Beasley

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 04:23 AM

Cmon somebody must have something to say about this


it's funny how you post holy shitt and then remark on how people are not discussing the topic!

anyway this is good news i suppose! but the amount of cash they are going to need to doal out must be substantial to say the least. i'd like to know how much something like this costs

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 08:11 PM

Hey there's something about your group getting royalties too?

I mean I know you'd probably have to get millions of plays to make anything substantial but it sounds like a cooler stupid way to make money than clicking on ads all day or playing CHICKTIONARY or whatever

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 08:14 PM

Free full-length tracks are obviously great news for listeners, but also great for artists and labels, who get paid every time someone streams a song.

This is the best idea ever!

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 12:48 AM

This is really great, considering that I cannot use Pandora, since I live in Canada.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 01:04 AM

There's a limit to how many times you can listen to a song though, which is a shame. Anyway it's pretty cool that they added more songs because before it was pretty dire.

This is the best idea ever!


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#12 DS

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:55 AM

There's a limit to how many times you can listen to a song though, which is a shame. Anyway it's pretty cool that they added more songs because before it was pretty dire.

Well, they are going to add a new subscriber feature which allows unlimited plays. Or then it's a completely new subscriber group but I doubt it's going to be very expensive as being part of the current subscriber group only costs 3 euros a month.

I hope I can use this new feature soon.
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