Last.fm – a music geek's dream

OK, I’ll admit it. My name’s Tom Wiggins and I’m a geek. There, I said it. My CDs are organised in alphabetical order by artist (and then sub-divide

OK, I’ll admit it. My name’s Tom Wiggins and I’m a geek. There, I said it. My CDs are organised in alphabetical order by artist (and then sub-divided by release date), I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of The Mighty Boosh, and I enjoy sorting my iTunes library into order of most played (Homage to a Shame by Oceansize, in case you’re interested).

No wonder I spend so much of my time on Last.fm, then. It’s a simple application for Mac or Windows, which runs in the background and pokes its ear into whatever you listen to, scribbling down a little digital note of each track.

Your own MySpace-style page on the Last.fm site then shows everyone what you’ve been sampling most recently, what you just can't stop listening to, and, best of all, recommends similar artists. Last.fm radio will then play you tracks it thinks you’ll dig, while giving you the option to tag it or bin it.

It’ll also compare you with other members and pick out your ‘listening neighbours’, allowing you to browse their pages in search of hot, female, Scandinavian, Radiohead fans, or just your new favourite band. Once you’ve found something you like, it'll supply links to buy tracks from 7Digital or on old skool CD from Amazon.

You can even show off your impeccable music taste (as we have below) by advertising what you spin on your website or blog. Check out our page here.