The website Last.fm will still remain free for PC’s for UK, US, and German users, however a paid premium account will be required in order to use the app for Smart phones.
This approach is similar to what Spotify did, changing their once free services to a premium account. This places Last.fm in line with the bigger music services that already charge for streaming.
However, the application will still be free to access from Windows 7 hand sets, as well as from the Xbox360. Other devices such as iOS and Android phones will still have to subscribe to the premium account.
In a blog posted by Matthew Hawn today, he explained why the changes made.
Hawn posted, “We believe our radio -whether it’s a personalised station or artist and tag radio – is the best in the world and we’re proud of the depth and range of our catalogue of music from major labels, indies and unsigned artists.
“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.
“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.”
The subscriptions for premium accounts currently cost £3 a month, remaining free on the PC.