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  • Super-awesome charts for whenever you want

    23 Feb 2008, 15:30 by aradnuk

    For whatever reason, LastFM doesn't allow you to give two dates and see a chart of what you listened to in that time, so I made it instead. For example, this is my chart for 2006. It's quite cool poking about with different dates and seeing how your taste has changed through months and years.

    If you want to do the same with your data, go here, stick your username in the box and wait for everything to be collected. You have to do this if you want your data updated too.

    Some people seem to have a few corrupted weeks, for example this should be one for lbf but an artist has become '??t?Ê?¤?Õ'. Not sure what I can do about that. If you get any errors, report them back here or PM me and I'll see if they can be fixed. (It'll tell you of an error the first time you make a chart but if you're loading one that's been cached then you won't get the notice.)

    The rest is self-explanatory. Oh, dates must be in the format dd-mm-yyyy. And numitems is the number of artists to display in the chart.

    Enjoy :-)
  • Kinda useful,...

    5 Dec 2007, 15:30 by WyldStallyn

    kind of useful, but I've already heard of most if not all of these artists.


    Take the 50 top artists in your musical profile, and create a cloud of the similar artists that are not in your top 50. The result is a collection of highly recommended artists for your personal profile. You can generate your own cloud (in BBCode) at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/recommend.php

    My recommendations are
    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Arctic Monkeys Babyshambles Badly Drawn Boy Beck Blonde Redhead Blur British Sea Power Broken Social Scene Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Coldplay Death Cab for Cutie Death From Above 1979 Doves Elbow Franz Ferdinand Frou Frou Garbage Gorillaz Kaiser Chiefs Kasabian Keane Modest Mouse Mogwai Morrissey Muse My Bloody Valentine Nine Inch Nails Oasis Pavement Placebo Pulp Razorlight Sigur Rós Snow Patrol Stereolab TV on the Radio The Bravery The Dandy Warhols The Fiery Furnaces The Flaming Lips The Futureheads The Go! Team The Killers The Postal Service The Smashing Pumpkins The Smiths The Verve Travis Yo La Tengo
  • The COOLEST last.fm tool I have found so far!!

    19 Sep 2007, 10:12 by WyldStallyn

    http://lasttv.net/index.php

    This site is so awesome! It's like having a music video channel for either your last.fm profile or a channel for your neighbors' music tastes!! You go to the website, type in your username, and it comes up with your very own channel of music videos compiled from youtube clips. Basically, it just does the searching for clips, but it's still really cool to do if you want to just sit and watch without the searching. Check it out!
  • last.fm tools

    19 Sep 2007, 10:10 by WyldStallyn

    These are some pretty cool websites that have their own little last.fm tools you can check out. I'll try to find more links, too.

    http://lastfm.emoportal.de/ (This site has a really cool calculator that attempts to see how much it would cost if you bought every single album in your top 50 albums from amazon.com, but it messes up a lot. OK Computer is not $300! EDIT: Apparently it grabs import versions of the cd's, and that's why they're so expensive. Haha, apparenly my top 50 albums would cost about $1500! Actually, it seems about right. The high cost albums it gives you seem to make up for the albums it misses, so maybe that tool does work.)

    http://lastfm.indiegigs.co.uk/

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Flastforward.sourceforge.net%2Fdocumentation.html

    (http://last.fm.emoportal.de is definitely the coolest site, so far, though. It's got lots of great tools!)

    http://lasttv.net/ (This is REALLY COOL! I am going to make a whole new journal entry just for it!)

    http://lastfm.doctors-on-duty.de/

    http://rocketsurgeon.squarespace.com/articles/2007/5/28/last-fm-visualizations.html

    http://swik.net/Last.fm+tools




    EDIT:
    Here's another:
    http://www.musickum.com/

    **Neither I, nor my alter egos have checked all of these tools. This is merely a list compiling what a google search for "last.fm tools" came up with. Please enjoy at your own risk. Wyldstallyn is not affiliated with any of the aforementioned websites, nor is he legally or morally responsible or reprehensible for their actions.
  • My Last.fm Tag Editor

    24 Aug 2007, 00:35 by soadize

    I've always missed the old tag editor. And it seems that there will never come a new one, so I wrote a very powerful one myself:


    You can do things like these with it: (which are very hard to do with the websites at the moment)
    -Remove everything from a tag (=Remove the tag)
    -Copy a tag to another one
    -Fast tag a list of >30 artist/albums/tracks
    -Tag your weekly or any other chart
    -Remove everything you taged as "dont like it any more" from your "the best" tag
    -Filter a chart from another user with your own and tag it as something like "we both like this", and listen to it if you are a subscriber
    -...

    You can get it in the last.fm tag editor group now.
  • Highlight Artists Teaser

    1 Jul 2007, 06:30 by snyde1

    I've been working on an update for the highlight artists script for user scripts, and I thought I'd put up a teaser for the new version.

    As you can see on this summary panel
    , the new version will have:
    multiple divisions of artists (the distributed version won't have this many);
    minimum play counts (artists on your charts with less than this won't be counted);
    selection of top artists from your major charts;
    calculation of some of the basic numbers of the matches;
    and a nifty little panel showing this data.

    Not shown is that the script also highlights artists you have in common with the person whose charts you're viewing. Also not shown is that a cutoff for the maximum number of artists is included, but not recommended. (Use the playcount to trim your artist list.)

    So, here it is:
    HilightArtist.Opera.user.js

    In the grand tradition, copy this file to the script directory for Opera, and go. (See details in the user scripts forum.)

    Remember, it's a beta version (at best) and has been written solely for Opera. (In the fullness of time, a GreaseMonkey version will be available. Don't hold your breath waiting for it. But I thought I'd alert those people to it as well.)
  • last.fm and the atlas of online communities (picture)

    12 May 2007, 03:03 by barewires




    Originally I tried to hotlink to the original author, but last.fm cropped the image as it is very large. You can see details that are too small to be legible in my image at the author's site, http://xkcd.com/c256.html .

    I really like the atlas; it's subtle. The author went to the trouble to orient the locations. North/South gets mapped as Practical/Intellectual and East/West is Web/Real Life. And the size of each on the map corresponds to the number of users.
  • UK Quicklink Greasemonkey script

    29 Apr 2007, 12:05 by marshee

    I have written a version of bmxgamer's Quicklink script for UK users.

    Features:
    Google search link
    Discogs search link
    iTunes music store ilnk
    Torrentspy search link
    Demonoid search link
    The Pirate Bay search link
    Oink search link
    Mininova search link
    Upcoming search link

    New UK version features:
    Ticketmaster UK search link
    Stargreen search link
    Ticketweb UK search link
    Ebay UK search link

    You can get here:
    last.fm - Quick Links UK
  • Greasemonkey links for user, tag and artist playlists

    20 Apr 2007, 08:18 by carmosin

    It's a little bit rough around the edges, but I have created 3 small Greasemonkey scripts which adds top50 XSPF-playlists to user profiles, top songs for any given tag and top songs for any given artist.

    This is useful for those of you who are running the XSPF content resolver http://www.musicmobs.com/mobster together with Itunes.

    What happens when you click the new link is that the playlist downloads and resolves (given that mobster is installed) against your Itunes library, and then you can play the songs.

    I am quite new to Greasemonkey and js, and the scripts could probably be optimized in a number of ways. I'd appreciate any help with that.

    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8619
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8618
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8617
  • IE usage drops; Firefox and Safari usage has risen: new report

    25 Feb 2007, 15:15 by JohnnySoftware

    Surprising no one, IE usage continues to slide downhill.

    The latest browser usage statistics show a particularly stark truth in the US.

    One out of twenty American web users turned their back on IE in 2006, switching from it to Firefox - or, in somewhat fewer cases - opting to buy a whole new computer: a Macintosh computer.

    The latter is certainly one way to get rid of IE!

    The headlines about what was happening with web browsers - and the users who used each one - were probably responsible for a certain segment of the shift. Bad experiences continued to impact many users as they simply tried to look at web pages.

    Also, the growing gap between what IE can do and what the other browsers can do was probably enough to get some users to switch allegiance. It is not a small thing any more.

    That is probably why 3 out of 20 web users have become Firefox users, and another 1 out of 20 web users is now a Safari user.

    From a web developer's standpoint, unless you are programming in Java or Flash - the gap is more like a chasm. As big a gap as between the 90s and the 2000s, in fact.

    IE, which Microsoft licensed the source code for from UIUC university - where it was a student-project of the lads who wrote the Netscape browser when they began their professional lives - was mostly developed in the 1990s.

    So, ignoring the ActiveX thing about IE completely and focussing on HTML and CSS - IE is still way far behind.

    That is one challenge that web developers who want to have an easy time doing their job - but support the less complete HTML/CSS/Javascript facet which is IE's limitation.

    The good news for Javascript dynamic HTML authors/programmers is that compatibility libraries have proliferated and matured during the past two years.

    This probably has not helped IE in the long run, even if on the surface it seems like it would.

    The problem it poses to IE is that this portability improvement greases the slide for users, designers, and programmers to leave the IE platform.

    The new free, public, open source, cross platform Javascript libraries make it easy to create web pages that look and work beautifully.

    That sort of greases the playing field. And the greater capabilities of the other two browsers - Safari and Firefox, actually tilt the playing field too.

    It is not a sharp change.

    However, the effects of it really are cumulative. The impact of that cumulative change are feeding back on the forces responsible for it.

    Mozilla developers are reaping rich rewards for their efforts. Macintosh sales are rising, enabling the rise of Safari web browser users. Both organizations can plow part of their increasing revenue from 2006 into greater features and quality of their respective web browsers.

    This is something Microsoft could have done too from 2002-2006, but for reasons that have never been fully explained - they chose not to do so.

    They held the best hand in terms of reaping money from bundled browser+OS sales, but they chose not to reinvest a proportionate amount of that dollar figure.

    Kind of a tortoise-and-the-hare kind of thing, I guess.

    Reminds me of the US-versus-Japanese steel thing. The US-versus-Japanese car thing too. The US-versus-Japanese electronics devices & appliances thing too.

    Almost seems like US business schools across the country need to start including Aesop's fairy tales in their curriculum.

    The lack of its wisdom is pretty clearly having an impact on the industries that form the backbone of the US economy: electronics, cars, steel. Today, it is clear there is a tendency in some US companies to play the tortoise-not-the-hare in the software industry!

    Getting back to the main point, now that non-IE web browser users make up one out of five of the people on the web here in the US, companies are inclined to make sure that they do not hamper a fifth or more of their visitors - and customers.

    The web has become so important to sales, marketing, and support. So it really can the thing that determines whether a company is a $4 billion company or a $5 billion company.

    Which would you rather be?