7 Scrobbling Apps for Last.fm Lovers

Who here likes music? Yep, that’s what I thought, everybody. Some might go so far as to say, it’s what makes us — or at times perhaps keeps us — human.

Music tastes are as diverse as we ourselves. And we seem to be constantly on the prowl for more. Enterprising people noticed this fact, and decided to see what they could do in the world of web apps to help satisfy this constant need.

One such web app which appeared was Last.fm. And while its extensive feature set isn’t the topic of today’s article, one interesting feature of Last.fm is scrobbling. Scrobbling is a unique aspect to the Last.fm music streaming service, and for a lot of people, its best feature.

But this is 2012, a decade since Last.fm launched, and there are a myriad of music streaming services today. But none of them have tried to duplicate Last.fm’s scrobbling functionality, or the in-depth statistics that it generates. Why? Well, I suspect a big reason is that Last.fm has an API that allows developers to tie into Last.fm’s scrobbling service. Today we have for you seven Mac apps that support Last.fm’s scrobbling API.

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Last.fm.app

First off, we thought we’d mention Last.fm’s own Mac app. It’s an acceptable player for the Last.fm streaming service. It lets you play a radio station customized to your own taste based on the stats that you give it. Additional options include loving a song or banning it. It also scrobbles everything that plays, which is what we’re all about today.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
Developer: Last.fm

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Bowtie

Bowtie is a desktop iTunes controller that we’ve talked about several times before on Mac.AppStorm. In fact I covered it around this time last year.

I briefly mentioned scrobbling as being one of the features that Bowtie offers, but I simply can’t pass it up on this list. It does far too good of a job at what it’s designed for. If you haven’t checked it out, swing by the review. It includes a little roundup of skins to customize Bowtie’s look and feel.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
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CoverSutra

Another app we’ve done an in-depth review of here on Mac.AppStorm: CoverSutra.

CoverSutra could sort of be described as Bowtie on steroids. It’s an alternative way to control iTunes, and it offers a rich and intuitive set of features. Look over the review for a closer look at all it is that CoverSutra offers.

As far as Last.fm support is concerned, it does it simply and elegantly. Log in with your Last.fm account, and you’re done. CoverSutra scrobbles everything in the background.

Price: $4.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
Developer: Sophia Teutschler

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Amura

This one you probably haven’t heard of before. Amura is an open source Last.fm player. Designed to usurp the position of the official Last.fm app, it has duplicated the essential feature-set in a far more minimalistic package.

Amura operates as a menu bar app. Hovering over the icon will display all the important information about the currently playing track. Clicking on the icon will drop down a menu of options, with Last.fm’s all-important Love/Skip/Ban controls at the top.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Developers: Mathis Hofer and Simon Hofer

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Spotify

What’s everyone’s favorite new music streaming app doing in this roundup? Well, because for the last four years, Spotify has had native support for Last.fm scrobbling. They were asked incessantly since Spotify’s launch, and they gave their users what they wanted.

Spotify’s support is the same as all the rest: sign in to Last.fm through Spotify’s preferences. That’s it. Spotify will scrobble everything you play.

Price: Free, $9.99 subscription for additional features
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Developer: Spotify Ltd

SweetFM

SweetFM

This one is a little different from all the rest. In fact, in one important way, it’s completely different. SweetFM is an open source project hosted on Github.

That’s it. You won’t see any fancy homepage, no real support, no FAQ, no sales pitch. You download the app, and you’re on your own.

So, why am I even mentioning it in this roundup when we’ve already seen multiple open source and commercial options that seem to have a stronger community behind them? Because SweetFM does something extra special. It doesn’t just let you listen to a Last.fm stream and scrobble what you hear. SweetFM lets you record what you’re listening to. How cool is that!

Just click the little cassette tape icon with a “+” on it. SweetFM will export the song to an iTunes playlist when it’s finished playing.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Developer: sweetfm

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Musicality

Finally we have Musicality. Musicality is a bit different too. It’s effectively a Mac-native wrapper around Last.fm, Pandora, and Grooveshark’s respective websites. So everything those web apps are capable of, Musicality supports. It also adds all sorts of lovely Mac niceties, like AirPlay and Growl support, a menu bar mode, and more.

If you aren’t an exclusive lover of Last.fm, Musicality gives you options within one app.

Price: $9.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Industrious One, LLC

Conclusion

So there you have it! Seven apps for the Mac that support your Last.fm scrobbling habits. Did we miss your personal favorite? Sound off in the comments and tell the world.


  • http://rojcyk.tumblr.cz rojcyk

    Ecoute!

  • Jens

    Personally I prefer Tune Instructor. Simple, free, some nice features on board (lyrics download for your whole library etc) and a good clean menubar controler. And scrobbling of course! =)

    http://www.tune-instructor.de/com/

  • Matt

    SimpleScrobbler is way better than all of these. Simple and stays out of the way without all the other garbage that is usually bundled with these kind of apps.

  • http://andrewgormley.com Andrew

    Along the same lines as Matt, I dig ScrobblePod as a small app that stays out of the way and gets it done. If you’re going to mention Spotify then let’s not forget Rdio, too!

    • Jon Henshaw

      I’m with Andrew, don’t forget Rdio :)

  • Marc Simons

    Well, scrobbling has been a problem for me for a long time. After Lion, Last.fm.app no longer works properly when scrobbling. If you click Preferences from the menu, a window will pop up. If you click again, another window will pop up. And they never bring them to the front. Sometimes, I will get five Preferences window.

    And we know the scrobbling will require you to confirm the tracknames before the data are synced to Last.fm. The problem is now the checking window never show up before I shut down my MBP, and I can never confirm it because the system is shut down.

    Hopefully this will be fixed. But the last update for the app is 04/08/11. And the app looks very Windowsy.

    But I still heart Last.fm.

  • Mashi

    *Amua

    • Mashi

      While I’m here I guess I’ll ask: Which of these will send scrobbles, say, from my iPhone and iPad after I sync them with iTunes? I haven’t bothered to use Last.fm for a while now because of this and all these developer pages are being really vague about it. I don’t like the official client (and someone mentioned it doesn’t work in Lion anyway) and some older clients like ScrobblePod haven’t worked for me.

      • http://iaian7.com Iaian7

        I want to know this as well! Couldn’t care less about radio features and such, I just need to be able to scrobble tracks off my iPhone without crashing (like the official last.fm app…ugh…).

  • Ben Lee Taylor

    I second Ecoute…can’t believe it wasn’t included in this list.

  • Olivier Vansassenbrouck

    TunesArt also has a Last.fm integration

  • http://meloapp.com/ Trent

    Best scrobbler I’ve ever used is Melo – picks up play counts from ANY play count change so you don’t need to sync your iDevice before you start playing iTunes again.

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  • emilio rizo

    No doubt. Melo is the best scrobbler if we want a simple, reliable solution.

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