Here is an interesting interview with Last.fm on Cnet UK.
I use last.fm, but I’m not entirely aware of all of the features they offer. I have my iTunes hooked up to “scrobble” my music plays, and I sometimes log on to see the data that last.fm has collected about my music listening habits. What’s really amazing is the amount of data that is going through Last.fm. Apparently 2750,000 years of music have been scrobbled on Last.fm. That’s pretty amazing.
From the interview:
How much data passes through Last.fm?
“One number that’s pretty cool is relevant to our recent Xbox launch. In our first week of use, 120 million minutes of music were streamed.
“One thing that’s even more popular than our radio-streaming service is scrobbling — the process of sending the name of the track you’re listening to to Last.fm’s servers. You can scrobble from over 200 different online music services and desktop clients, such as iTunes, Winamp, Hype Machine, etc.
“During peak hours, we get more than 800 scrobbles per second which translates to about 43 million scrobbles per day. Since 2003, which is when we invented scrobbling, we’ve broken 35 billion scrobbles. That translates to about 275,000 years of scrobbled music.”