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Last.fm does a Spotify, goes premium for mobile devices

Last.fm - online radio starts charging for streaming
Last.fm - online radio starts charging for streaming

Last.fm has announced that it will no longer be available for free for the majority of mobile and streaming devices.

The UK-based music outfit has decided to take the Spotify stance for mobile phones and entertainment devices and start charging a subscription for the app.

Unless you use a Windows Phone 7 handset or an Xbox to stream the app, then you will have to sign up as a subscriber to continue using the service.

This means that if you use Last.fm through a Sonos, Squeezebox, iOS and Android devices then you will have to start paying.

Denon, Teufel and Roberts devices are also affected.

Will cost a coffee

"We're committed to building Last.fm into a bigger service that gives listeners the best music discovery experience anywhere while financially supporting and promoting the artists who make the music we love," said Matthew Hawn of Last.fm about the changes.

"You'll see that this change brings us in line with other music services that already charge you to listen to music on mobile devices.

"For the cost of a fancy coffee, a Last.fm monthly subscription allows you to listen to radio across all platforms, on all your devices, and without commercial interruptions."

Scrobbling, music and event recommendations, social networking and community forums won't be affected with the subscription change, but Last.fm's main radio component will only be available on mobile devices to subscribers.

Currently a subscription costs a not to shabby £3 a month, with listening to the service on a computer staying completely free.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.