Last Updated: October 12, 2015 5

LastFM: What Is It and How Is It Used?

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LastFM is one of the most popular internet radio sites. At LastFM you can stream music easily. This company started in the UK but is now active in over 200 countries around the world. With LastFM will easily be able to find new music that you like based on the music that you already listen to. This is great for anyone looking for something new.

Signing up for a LastFM account

There are some very simple things that you have to do in order to sign up for a LastFM account and find the music that you like. The following steps will help you get listening to more and new music:

  • Open the LastFM website in your web browser. The website you will have to go to is http://www.last.fm/. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • About half way down on the left hand side of the homepage for LastFM you will see a big red button marked “Start Your Profile”. To continue with the sign up process you will need to click on this button.
  • This will take you to a form. The information that you fill in here will create your LastFM account and allow you to start finding new music. If you want to skip the homepage step, go straight to https://www.last.fm/join. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • The first decision you will have to make on this form is whether or not you would like to connect using Facebook and all of your Facebook information. This is optional.
  • Then you should choose the username that you would like to use on the LastFM site. Think about this carefully as it should be original and should be easy for you to remember (this is because you will use this username to sign into your account in the future).
  • The next step is to type your email address. Your email address is needed so that the verification email can be sent to you and so that you will be able to access your account if you ever forget your password.
  • Then you will have to choose the password that you will use with your LastFM account. Remember that the password you choose should be something that is easy for you to remember. At the same time it should also be something that other people will not easily be able to guess. Think about this carefully.
  • The next step is the security check to verify that you are human. Words will appear in a box which you will have to retype in the box below. You have the option of generating new words if you struggle to see the ones that are there. This step is to ensure that you are human and not a bot.
  • You will then have to click on the box next to “I agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and confirm that I am 13 years of age or over”. It is suggested that you actually read the terms of use and the privacy policy to make sure that you know what you are getting yourself in for.
  • Once you have done all of the above you can click on the big red “Create My Profile” button in order to finalise the creation of your LastFM account.
  • Once you have done this you will receive an email notification at the email address that you specified during the sign up process. Click on this link. If you are unable to click on the link simply copy and paste it into the URL.
  • When you click on the link in the email your registration will be confirmed but you will not yet have a station. The link you click on will load a new page. A light blue box will appear into which you can type artist names and song titles. When you are done, they will be saved.

Finding new music using LastFM

There are a few basic steps you can follow in order to find new music on LastFM:

  • Open the LastFM website in your web browser. The website you will have to go to is http://www.last.fm/. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Sign in to the account that you have created by entering the username and password that you specified during eh sign up stage.
  • Make sure that your library is up to date with the music that you like.
  • To look for more music that you may like, choose one of the bands or singers from your library list. Click on the name and click “Similar Artists” at the side of the page. This will give you a list of option of other people and bands that you should try.

Deleting songs

If there is a song on your list that you don’t want to hear again, follow these steps to delete it:

  • Open the LastFM website in your web browser. The website you will have to go to is http://www.last.fm/. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Sign in to the account that you have created by entering the username and password that you specified during the sign up stage.
  • Click on the song that you want to play and click the “Play -the title of your feed here- radio” option.
  • You will have to wait for the song to load and perhaps watch a commercial.
  • Once the song has loaded click on the no symbol (a circle with a line through it) in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This will ban the song and you won’t have to hear it again.