Apple Music and Last.fm scrobbling update

Last November, I wrote:

Switching from Rdio to Apple Music might mean scrobbling to my Last.fm account will be inconsistent, which makes me sad because I’ve been tracking since 2007.

Since then, I add songs, albums, or playlists in Apple Music to my library before I start listening.

With iTunes 12.5.1.21 and Last.fm Scrobbler 2.1.371, I now see songs played from Apple Music are scrobbled, even if they aren’t in my library (including playlists).2 Yay!

Context: Apple Music and Last.fm: Does it Scrobble? — Florian Eckerstorfer


  1. On OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. 
  2.  Radio…no joy. I don’t use it at the moment. 
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I miss you, Rdio (and some Last.fm stats)

Farewell Rdio 2015-12-15.png

I forgot to post this Rdio farewell screenshot for posterity1. Still sad.

Here are my stats for albums scrobbled to Last.fm between 2012-03-23 and 2015-12-152. The top ten were:

  • Chiodos — Devil — 737 (release date: 2014-04-01)
  • Linkin Park — The Hunting Party — 688 (release date: 2014-06-13)
  • Closure in Moscow — Pink Lemonade — 521 (release date: 2014-05-09)
  • Elevate: I Am — The Ghost Eclipse Sessions — 451 (release date: 2011-06-07)
  • Finch — Back to Oblivion — 394 (release date: 2014-09-30)
  • Pennywise — All or Nothing (Deluxe Edition) — 374 (release date: 2012-04-30)
  • Story of the Year — In the Wake of Determination — 337 (release date: 2005-10-11)
  • Finch — What It Is to Burn — 336 (release date: 2002-03-12)
  • blink-182 — Enema of the State — 330 (release date: 1999-06-01)
  • Story of the Year — Page Avenue (US Non-PA Version) — 330 (release date: 2003-09-16)

  1. The Rdio farewell page is still displayed when signing into your account. 
  2. 2015-12-15 is the date I took the screenshot. 

See ya, Rdio

When I opened Rdio today, I saw a link to the message following message: Important information about your Rdio account. I learned about the beginning of their end a couple of days ago through sad colleagues and friends on Twitter. I started using Rdio in 2012 after a recommendation by Andrew Spittle, and I’ve had fun listening to new music.

Gary Pendergast wrote about replacing Rdio. Referring to his post, our three must have items are:

  • Offline sync to mobile.
  • Ability to play from my Mac.
  • Family accounts.

After I read Macworld’s Apple Music FAQ, I started the Apple Music three-month trial, plus Family Sharing for Amy and myself.

Switching from Rdio to Apple Music might mean scrobbling to my Last.fm account will be inconsistent, which makes me sad because I’ve been tracking since 2007. 😢

On July 8, 2015, Florian Eckerstorfer posted, “Apple Music and Last.fm: Does it Scrobble?“. I have Last.fm installed on my Mac, and I just installed QuietScrob – Background Last.fm Scrobbler. Fingers crossed.