Scrobbling: How Is It Used For Music?

Do you know which music services allow you to scrobble to

If you've never used the 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 co-founder Richard Jones.

The purpose of'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,'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, becomes a great music discovery tool.

Can I Scrobble From Streaming Music Services? Scrobbling

Scrobbling isn't just limited to'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 (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 profile. But some don't have built-in 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 built-in 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.'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 including devices like the iPod and home entertainment systems such as Sonos.

Other Scrobbler Software also provides an exhaustive list of Scrobbler tools through its website for various applications. These plugins add support to Web browsers, Internet radio stations, and hardware devices.

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