Listeners with Last.fm on their desktop will need a paid subscription, starting January 15. The change affects the U.S., U.K. and Germany, and brings those countries in line with Last.fm’s offering in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Brazil.
Listeners elsewhere are out of luck, however. Last.fm is shutting down everywhere but those eight countries, a move it said is “due to licensing restrictions.” With a minimal audience in other territories, this shouldn’t affect many people while reducing the number of licenses Last.fm must pay for.
The ad-supported streaming service on Last.fm’s website will remain free where available. Scrobbling, charts and recommendations will still be available worldwide, the CBS-owned company added.
Last.fm – http://www.last.fm
Last.fm blog – Radio changes to Last.fm from Tuesday 15 January 2013
The Guardian [U.K.] – Last.fm to move desktop radio service behind paywall in UK, US and Germany