Now I generally listen to Last.fm via the website so I am not likely to be affected while in the UK (it seems years since I was able to use that on a trip abroad without paying a subscription).
But the European Union is failing to implement its “great freedoms” if it is impossible to organise a business like Last.fm on a pan-European basis. In recent years the EU has seemed more concerned about stealing from the commons than protecting consumers rights in what too many call “intellectual property” (how can anyone own an idea? Are we not supposed to regard Prometheus as a hero, or is he just a pirate these days?).
- Good bye last.fm radio! (noisythameera.wordpress.com)
- Last.fm going paid-only, will shut down in most countries (slashgear.com)
- Last.fm to move desktop radio service behind paywall in UK, US and Germany (guardian.co.uk)
- Goodbye, LastFM – Again (gwolf.org)
- Last.fm Services Discontinued or Behind Paywall in Global Market (zeropaid.com)
- Last.fm Radio goes paid-only in UK and US (techradar.com)
- Last.fm to Quit Their Radio Services in Most Countries, Damn.. (goashem.wordpress.com)
- Last.fm: Radio limitations incoming (ghacks.net)
- Why Last.fm’s Scobbling Technology Is A Better Metric Than The Pop Charts (readwrite.com)