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Lightweight song scrobbling/tracking

Posted on 12 June 2012

I enjoy browsing the internet for new music. And I like to keep track of songs I especially like. I do this in the Hype Machine, exfm, Soundcloud, last.fm, CBC Music, Rdio and This Is My Jam. For the most part it’s easy– just hit the “love” button in whichever service you’re listening to.

But when I’m working around the house or in the yard, I listen in wireless headphones. So the like button isn’t right there. So here’s what I do:

  1. fire up the last.fm app on my phone
  2. set up my computer to scrobble the songs I’m playing to last.fm. Most services have this built-in. A couple, like Soundcloud and Bandcamp don’t. Fortunately, you can use the exfm browswer app to make them scrobble. So do that.
  3. Whenever I hear a song I like, I fire up my wireless, open last.fm, and hit “love.”

I know all these have nice mobile apps, but my phone has this habit of not playing music through an internet connection if you turn off the screen– and if you don’t, you wind up pressing all sorts of buttons you don’t want. So this is a good solution for me.

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