Last.fm’s dream of making every song ever recorded (except perhaps anything by Mic Wright and the Wrong ‘Uns) available in one place took a step closer to reality this week when it announced streaming of full-length tracks.
The site has signed deals with all four major labels plus about 150,000 indies, meaning the selection is pretty comprehensive. In a Microsoft Zune-esque move, once you’ve played a track three times it’ll stop working and point you towards somewhere like 7digital.com to splash your cash – but by the sounds of it we’re only in a beta phase.
A post on the site says a proper subscription service is in the pipeline. What it’ll entail isn’t clear but I doubt we’ll be looking at Napster/eMusic style download site, probably just restriction-free, perhaps higher quality, streaming. I’ve been making use of it already to check out the new Mars Volta single (which is awesome, by the way) and a cool new Battles video.
However far it ends up going, it should give everyone something better to do with their accounts than just show off how great their music taste is.