As expected, Last.fm is shutting down its radio service

Last.fm, the CBS-owned (S CBS) digital music outlet, will close down its streaming radio product by the end of April (hat tip to Engadget). Last.fm announced in its forums Tuesday that it wants to concentrate on “scrobbling”, meaning music recognition and recommendation, going forward, and that it will rely on YouTube (S GOOG) and Spotify for its music player. The move was widely expected after Last.fm rolled out a YouTube-based radio player in January.

Last.fm launches YouTube-based radio to cut down on costs

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Pioneering digital music site Last.fm just launched a radio product powered by YouTube videos that will help to keep the music streaming, without adding to Last.fm’s music licensing bill, according to hypebot. Last.fm was one of the first sites to analyze listeners’ music collections and generate personalized radio streams, but the site has been on a steady decline ever since CBS bought it for $280 million in 2007.

Music site This Is My Jam could spin out from Echo Nest

A year after it launched as a skunkworks project inside music data company The Echo Nest, trendy social music site This Is My Jam is “looking at options” for going independent — as well as getting ready to launch some fun new site exploration features.

What the Last.fm founders did next: scrobble the web

Last.fm ‘scrobbled’ your music tastes in order to recommend tunes you may not have heard. Co-founders Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel, who have since moved on, reckon their new service, Lumi, can do the same for general web content.

Last.fm suspected password breach weeks ago

The security breach that led to millions of Last.fm passwords being compromised happened at least three months ago — and remained undetected, despite the fact that the company suspected in May that it had been targeted.

Now Last.fm looking into password hack. Who’s next?

First LinkedIn, then eHarmony, and now possibly Last.fm. As the number of sites falling victim to password hackers continues to grow, the questions are flooding in about how these incidents are connected, and who might be the next target.

Tape.tv, a Pandora for video, targets British launch

Berlin’s Tape.tv has teamed up with Spotify to help fill the void left by the old, music-oriented MTV. But underneath the hood, its approach could be another interesting example of how onerous music rights in Germany have sparked a different kind of music startup.

5 music-focused iTunes alternatives for Mac

iTunes may be great for syncing your iOS devices, or buying songs, movies, apps and books, but it’s not exactly the most nimble music player anymore. Here are five great Mac-compatible alternatives that focus on the music, without the bloat that iTunes brings.

Last.fm serenades users with new discovery tool

Last.fm is returning to its roots as a music data and discovery service, launching a new product that lets users tap into a database of independent artists and musicians with a click.