Streaming Music, Podcasts, & Audio 37 37 people found this article helpful Last.fm Scrobbling: How Is It Used For Music? Do you know which music services allow you to scrobble to Last.fm? by Mark Harris Writer Mark Harris is a former writer for Lifewire who wrote about the digital music scene and streaming music services in an easy to understand, no-nonsense manner. our editorial process Mark Harris Updated on October 09, 2019 Mark Harris Music, Podcasts, & Audio Radio Music For Your Life Audio Streaming Podcasts CDs, MP3s, & Other Media Tweet Share Email If you've never used the Last.fm music service or don't know anything about its history, then you might not be familiar with the act of Scrobbling music. The process of Scrobbling logs the songs that you listen to. The word originally comes from the music recommendation system, Audioscrobbler, which started life out as a university project—conceived and programmed by Last.fm co-founder Richard Jones. The purpose of Last.fm's Scrobbling system is to give users a way to see their music listening habits and also to see recommendations that may be of interest. As you play songs from sources that use Scrobbling, Last.fm's service adds this information to its database, which displays various statistics (song title, artist, etc.). Metadata information such as a track's ID3 tag supports this reporting. By building up a profile of the songs you listen to, Last.fm becomes a great music discovery tool. Can I Scrobble From Streaming Music Services? Scrobbling isn't just limited to Last.fm's service. There are many ways you can build up your listening profile, including while you stream music. To help collect information about all the songs you listen to, some online services offer the option to set up a link to Last.fm (using your account details) so the data is automatically sent. Streaming music services like Spotify, Deezer, Pandora Radio, and Slacker log the tracks you stream and transfer this information to your Last.fm profile. But some don't have native support for Scrobbling. In this case, you'll need to download and install special add-ons for your Web browser. Do Software Media Players Allow Scrobbling? If you use VLC Media Player, MusicBee, Bread Music Player, or Amarok then all these have native support for Scrobbling. However, if you use iTunes, Windows Media Player, Foobar2000, MediaMonkey, etc., then you'll need to install a go-between software tool. Last.fm's Scrobbler software is currently available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It works with various music players so is probably the first option to try. Plus, it's free. For other media players that aren't listed as being compatible, it's probably best to visit the developer's official website to see if your particular music player has a custom plugin for Scrobbling. Can Music Hardware Devices be Used to Scrobble? Quite a few devices Scrobble to Last.fm including devices like the iPod and home entertainment systems such as Sonos. Other Scrobbler Software Last.fm also provides an exhaustive list of Scrobbler tools through its Build.Last.fm website for various applications. These plugins add support to Web browsers, Internet radio stations, and hardware devices.