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Music | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 | 8 years, 11 months ago

I’m long overdue for a proper review of my favourite game du jour (and du quart since I’ve been loving this game for over 3 months), Audiosurf. In short, it’s a freakin’ rad game that analyzes your music library and transforms each song into a match three game (akin to Bejewelled or Bust a Move) played on a hilly race track where everything happens to the beat of your tunes.

The latest version of Audiosurf added last.fm support which was a value-add I couldn’t pass up. last.fm is a social network service that keeps track of the songs you listen to. I ran this for a few weeks and was really intrigued by the analytics it presents. You can see your most listened-to artists, related artists, hear previews of other songs, and see what other last.fm users have similar tastes – the latter being a great way to discover new artists enjoyed by musical cousins you never knew you had.

last.fm calls this voluntary submission of your playlists “audioscrobbling”, and I’d have been scrobbling sooner if I weren’t limited to their crappy proprietary audio player. Happily, a talented programmer by the name of Florian has released the foo_audioscrobbler plugin for Foobar2000, my very favourite (Windows only) audio player. The plugin works behind the scenes and doesn’t seem to slow anything down.

Now everything I hear, I can read about later! And so can you!

As you may have noticed, I’ve added the fantastic and minimalist Last.fm for WordPress plugin to my blog, authored by Rick of Rick’s HideOut. I much prefer Rick’s plugin to the official last.fm Widget which is too Flashy and ostentatious for my liking. Rick’s simple plugin does all the processing on the server side.

So have a look at my sidebar to see what I’m into, and click the title under “Playlist” (or just click here) for a look at my full profile. Feel free to add me to your last.fm friends list, though I’m not much of a social networker. Unfortunately I had to create a new last.fm account since I wasn’t comfortable publishing my last one, so my listening history only goes back a few days so far.

What do you think of the plugin? Too much? Or too cool?

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2 Comments

  1. I’m glad you liked my plugin :) And thanks for the kind words.

    Comment by Rick — June 25, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

  2. Your plugin is exactly what I had in mind when I had the idea to look for a last.fm list on my blog. The official one is way too flashy and annoying. Thanks very much for releasing such a great plugin for free!

    Comment by brian — June 25, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

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