A posting on Michael Kamleitner’s blog once again brought to my attention last.fm’s subscription model. Next to Flickr and Diigo, last.fm is one of the rare services I actually use daily. And apart from Flickr, there is no webservice I’m actually paying money for.
The question is, why change that by paying 2,50€/month for last.fm? Well, here are the reasons given by last.fm:
* Subscription Benefits*
- Blue icon status
Trade your grey user icon in for a blue one.
- No ads
You won’t see them; visitors to your page won’t see them. No one will, because they won’t exist.
- Recent Visitors
See who’s been visiting your profile page.
- Personal radio paradise
Turn your profile page and tags into a portable radio station you and others can listen to from anywhere. It’s like a smart playlist for the music you’ve tagged.
- Share the Love
Your “Loved Tracks” become a listenable radio station for you and others.
- Red carpet treatment
Get top priority with our webservers and radio servers at peak traffic times.
- Top secret beta access
Be the first to know and try what we’re working on and help shape the development of the site. You’ll see a subscriber-only announcement during beta.
Well, here’s what I think:
Well, after this lengthy and thorough analysis, a last.fm subscription actually adds up to 6,1€. Which is considerably more than 2,5€, in case you haven’t noticed.
So, teleologically speaking, a last.fm subscription is worth it. Which of course doesn’t mean I’ll buy it, but at least I won’t feel like a total ass once I do.
Any subjective opinions out there as well? Leave them in the comments!
Update: I just ventured forth and subscribed for a month. Doing is better than blogging, as the old saying goes. I’ll see how I like it.