i'm totally sick of the "keep last.fm free" and "strike from scrobbling" mewling bullshit that's going on at the moment. where did this sickening sense of entitlement come from?
1) last.fm is a BUSINESS. you've been using their services for free up till now. YOU'RE WELCOME. now pay for something. offline, you don't get shit for free. i can't walk into record stores and take all the music i fancy for free. to do that, i download things. (and feel guilty about it). i buy music whenever i can.
2) last.fm PAYS ROYALTIES to the bands who have music on here. where is this cash supposed to come from? not from the bail-out package for the banks, that's for sure. pay your way.
3) the main functionality of the site, the reason most of us are here in the first place - the collating of STATS - is unaffected. so from now on last.fm will only make charts for music you've PAID FOR or DOWNLOADED FOR FREE from somewhere else. boo fucking hoo.
4) i've liked this site from the moment i started using it. i've been a paid user for a couple of years, and i live in the uk where i don't have to pay for it. i'm a student and work part-time, but i can still afford to pay for this site. it's like £18 a year or something. if you can't afford that, you probably have more important things to worry about in your own life. i don't mean that to sound callous, but this site relates to our consumption of consumer goods. if you're not willing or unable to shell out the price of one album PER YEAR to have SHITLOADS of FREE MUSIC at your fingertips, then all i can really say is FUCK OFF AND STOP COMPLAINING.