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I deleted my last.fm (audioscrobbler) account after failing to see any reason to keep it. They’ve had years worth of tracking data since 05 from me when I last looked and I get little to nothing in return. The ads have become obtrusive (not as bad as YouTube which is an abomination now), the stats irrelevant and very little progress towards integration. I’m looking for something new, contiunally being an early adopter and seeing many music sites struggle and change their long term plan. We7 as a start up has gone through several iterations of its model, originally it worked, but now it has landed on a weak one this time around. Back to last.fm:
The stats side for me has been a major issue considering there are many types of things I listen to and it’s not all on one device. Let’s start with my iPhone, it’s great I use it everyday and play everything and anything on it. This is where the problem lies, since I bought into this ecosphere I now listen to an inordinate number of podcasts, it’s unbelievable and it’s as if I’m always trying to play catch up. Notably I’ve started dropping various subscriptions recently due to quibbles with personal preferences. Here’s the point, it really messes up my stats for audiscrobbles and I didn’t really want them to appear. It became more trouble than it was worth to manually accept or remove tracks I’d listened to.
Devices is the next reason, I have a stereo, I have 5.1 surround sound and I have you guessed it a record player. These do not track music I listen to, other than in my grey little cells. I love the sound I get from these which fills the room, it beats the hell out of some computer speakers (although mine are still bloody fantastic). Nothing beats getting that vinyl off the shelf, giving it a quick whiff, lavishing its’ artwork and putting that needle down. It’s a ritual to fall in love with music, you’re prepared to give it that amount of time and listen from start to end. So this is where the technology falls down for stats.
I only really want to share stats if they show the whole picture, not just a small subsection. The same goes for my life, I don’t want people judging on that subset of information, not that they should if they are really nice. I’ve kept my account but it’s empty and just a placeholder waiting for something if anything to entice me back. They’ve had my stats and probably making a fortune off everyone elses. I wish them well but the music industry is a mess and I’ve rather spread my tastes by word of mouth (or on this fandangled blog).
In other words, I still think artists will release albums on vinyl and more power to them for doing so. That’s the way to promote yourself in the right circles and that’s what music is all about, the cyclical nature of sharing through generations.