January 23, 2008

Free the Music

Filed under: music,rock,tacoma — sparkrobot @ 1:00 pm

Last.fm is setting music free. As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website.

Something we’ve wanted for years—for people who visit Last.fm to be able to play any track for free—is now possible. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, we’ve made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way we believe it should be.

Of course, the major labels are all name-dropped, but the real big deal here is:

We will be paying artists directly… If you make music, you can sign up to participate for free.

Stated simply, they’re employing a shared advertising revenue model to pay contributors; both the label type and the artist type.

Today we’re redesigning the music economy.

For reals.

Here’s a link to my profile on Last.fm, if you see some stuff you like, participate.

Read the original post:
Last.fm – the Blog · Free the Music


  1. Need to get a list of Tacoma artists that have their stuff up. I just started using Last.fm and it’s pretty sweet but I was bummed I couldn’t (until now) play full tracks again.

    Comment by KevinFreitas — January 23, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

  2. Kevin, looks like there’s an easy way to do that… Here’s a link to a list of songs/artists tagged with Tacoma.

    Comment by sparkrobot — January 23, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

  3. Free
    Free is the best, most useful word.
    free freee free free see what i mean?

    Comment by bridgilla — February 13, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

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