26 May 2014
By Belle
Belle

How to connect your music app to last.fm

We use last.fm music stats in Exist. Far from leaving Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and other music app users out in the cold, this actually lets us get data from many more apps all in one go. Last.fm can connect to most major music apps, scrobbling (tracking) what you listen to with just a one-time setup.

Then you can use Exist to get insights about your music listening habits and how listening to music affects your mood, your sleep patterns and your likelihood to exercise. Here are some of the correlations I have from my last.fm data:

You are 44% less likely to listen to music on the weekend

You are 25% less likely to listen to music when you're having a good day

You are 39% more likely to listen to music on warmer days

Here's how to get your music app connected to last.fm:

Set up a last.fm account

If you don't have one already, set up a new last.fm account.

When you're all setup, login and go to the scrobbling page on last.fm. Then skip to the instructions for your music app below.

iTunes

For your iTunes tracks to scrobble to your last.fm profile, you'll need the last.fm desktop app.

last.fm mac app

Once you've downloaded the app, sign in and open the settings/preferences menu. In here, you'll find a menu option called "Scrobbling" where you can adjust your preferences.

last.fm mac preferences

The app can also show you stats about your listening habits and your last.fm profile:

last.fm mac app profile

If you listen to music on an iPod, those tracks will be scrobbled when you sync your iPod with iTunes.

Spotify

Spotify has a built-in last.fm app, which you can find in the apps menu on desktop, or in the settings menu on mobile.

last.fm in spotify menu

When you add the last.fm app, you'll need to login to your last.fm account to enable scrobbling.

last.fm spotify login

Once you're in, your songs from Spotify will be scrobbled to your last.fm account and will update your stats. You can also see last.fm music recommendations inside Spotify:

last.fm spotify recommendations

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

On iOS, you can download the last.fm scrobbler app to scrobble tracks to your account. The app lets you play your music library and scrobbles tracks to your account.

scrobbler for iOS

Unfortunately, you can't scrobble tracks from the standard music player or other music apps like Spotify, as far as I can tell. You'll need to listen via the scrobbler app to make your tracks count.

The app is free, though, and includes some extra features like automatic playlists based on artists in your last.fm account and extra details like which artists from your phone's music library are currently on tour. You can also hit a button on the "now playing" screen to make last.fm play similar music to the current song.

Android

On Android you can download the last.fm app and scrobble tracks from any music player on most Android phones.

last.fm android

The app can also use your phone's GPS to tell you about music events nearby, and in some countries you can access your last.fm personal radio stations as well.

Something else

If we haven't included your favourite music app here, don't worry—over 600 apps connect to last.fm. You can find out if yours is one of them on the Does it scrobble? page.


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