Last.fm is shutting down its subscription-based music streaming service at the end of next month. The company reveals in a forum post that it’s closing the $3 ad-free streaming radio function from its apps on April 28th, though it will continue to operate its ongoing “Scrobbler” music tracking, playlist building, and new music recommendation service to users as normal.
Last.fm is pulling the plug on its subscription radio streaming service. Starting 28 April, the popular music service will focus on applying its recommendation and tracking features to music from other sources, such as YouTube and Spotify. The news was announced today online, in a forum post, and in an email to subscribers. You can still use Last.fm features such as your personal stations in selected third-party apps and services, where the actual music is piped in from other sources rather than Last.fm’s own servers. For example, you can listen online via the new Last.fm player, currently in beta, which pulls tuneage from YouTube. Or you can apply Last.fm features like playlist creation to Spotify music with the new Last.fm app for the popular streaming service.