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LastFM – Geekery Done Good ™

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There are some geek moments that transcend geekery. I had just such a revelation tonight, as I discovered LastFM. LastFM is an online radio station that plays music that it knows you’ll like. It looks at your computer, looks and the music files and CDs you’ve played, and cobbles together a playlist not only of songs you’ve got, but also songs that other LastFM listeners with similar tastes have played before and liked. Thereby allowing you to find other music acts you’ll like with consummate ease. It’s utter genious, and is the next logical step from the people behind Audioscrobbler, a website that logs your played music and creates huge mounds of statistics and recommendations. In fact, for “people” read “person” – as far as I remember a student called Richard started it a few years ago for a university project while most of us were settling down to lifestyle of debauchery at the Student Union. From little acorns, Richard…