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Last.fm is a music website that is known for it's features, including Groups, and The Audioscrobbler.
The original Last.fm was created by Felix Miller, Martin Stiksel, Michael Breidenbruecker and Thomas Willomitzer as an internet radio station and a music community. It received fair acclaim and was nominated for the Europrix Student Awards in 2002. The group started to work with Richard Jones, creator of the Audioscrobbler, and had it fully implemented in the site by 2003. On August 9th 2005, the two officially merged.
During April of 2007, it was rumored that negotiations with CBS were made to purchase the site for $449 million dollars. On May 30th, 2007, it was announced that the site was purchased for $140 million, and that the management team would stay intact.
A Group is a feature where users can join a group along with other fellow users. Currently, the largest group is "I Still Buy CDs" with over 76,000 members.
The Audioscrobbler is a feature that records the music a user listens to and with that information, gives recommendations on artists, songs, and users with similar tastes. It was originally created by Richard Jones while attended the University of Southampton School of Electronics and Computer Science in the UK.
The site is currently just below the top 1,500 according to ALEXA ranking as of June 2015, with 29.9% of their views coming from the Unite States.
In August of 2015, Last.fm announced a complete overhaul of the site, making it more accessible for mobile users. The update caused many of the main users who used the site, specifically users from /mu/, to leave or simply delete their account. The update also caused the popular chart making add-on, Tapmusic to no longer work properly, as well as many disliked updates to the site software, such as the removal of groups and an overall site focus shift of albums to tracks.
 ALEXA – last.fm overview
 - Wayback Time Machine – Europrix Selection – Last.fm
 - Mashable – Viacom Still Buying Last.fm for $450 Million
 - BBC – Music site Last.fm bought by CBS
 - Last.fm – I Still Buy CDs group
 - BBC – Website offers new view of music
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