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What is a Scrobble and what is Scrobbling?

A Scrobble is a piece of data that tells people what you listened to and when:

An example scrobble showing an artist (The Killers), track name (Mr. Brightside), and timestamp (11th May 2014 10:34am)

So in the above example, we can see that this person listened to Mr. Brightside by the Killers on the 11th of May 2014, at 10:34pm in the evening. 

A scrobble typically consists of an artist name, track name, and timestamp (the exact date and time when you listened to the track).  A Scrobble can also include other information about the track such as the album name and album artist

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Scrobbling is the process of sending Last.fm your listening data  - your 'scrobbles' - using our official apps or via a third party application using our API.  For example, you can scrobble what you listen to in Spotify by connecting your Spotify account to Last.fm in your settings here

To get started, you can check out the most popular ways to scrobble your music on this page -- millions of tracks are scrobbled every day, and some people have even found ways to scrobble vinyl records and music played on the radio.

When a track has been successfully scrobbled, it will appear on your profile page here and stored in your library.  As you continue to scrobble music to your profile, Last.fm will generate charts for your top tracks, albums, and artists, and will start recommending you new music based on your listening data.  It will also generate personalised radio stations for you to listen to, which you can read about here.


 


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