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Spotify

A music streaming service founded in 2008. The free service is ad supported, while premium membership includes mobile access, offline playing when not connected to the Internet and enhanced sound quality. Spotify lets members share music with Facebook friends and hear what they listen to. It also provides a radio service with continuous music.

A Very Unique Media Player
Spotify's media player application for Windows and Mac is used for playback of local and streamed music, playlist creation and music synchronization to iPods, iPhones and Androids. Offering most of the functions of the iTunes media player, the Spotify player also provides access to apps that enhance the listening experience. Apps provide lyrics for many songs, music news, recommendations and playlist creation based on various criteria. For more information, visit www.spotify.com.




A Media Player with a Flair
The red arrow points to the APPS section of the Spotify player, which finds and lists apps that augment the user's experience. For example, the Last.fm music app makes recommendations based on the user's Spotify playlists. See Last.fm.






Not Just Rock and Roll
The Classify app for Spotify offers classical music lovers a huge body of work from every famous composer. The selection by period, artist, mood and instrument is superb.






Last.fm

A leading music recommendation and Internet radio service from Last.fm Ltd. (www.last.fm). Advertiser supported, Last.fm lets users create their own radio stations by selecting a favorite artist and voting their likes and dislikes. The more users vote their preference, the more Last.fm fine tunes subsequent recommendations for that station. Last.fm is also available for the iPhone.

Scrobbling (Collaborative Filtering)
Last.fm uses collaborative filtering to make song recommendations based on the preferences of millions of users in its "Audioscrobbler" database ("those-who-like-this-also-like-that"). In order to fine tune the user's profile and add to the database, Last.fm encourages users to upload their music titles whenever they listen to songs on their computers or iPods. Called "scrobbling," there is a raft of plug-ins and software that enable users to scrobble the music they play, even including the songs played from Pandora radio stations. See Spotify, Pandora, music recommendation service and music search.



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