"What music have you been listening to lately?"
If you listen to a lot of music and have friends who do the same you might get asked this from time to time. Even though I listen to music as much as I possibly can, I still sometimes have trouble answering this question.
Luckily for me someone told me about Last.fm, a great service for tracking music you've been listening to and discovering new music using that same data. While I don't use it for the discovery piece much, it is a great way to get an idea of what you've been listening to over the last few days, weeks, month, year, or overall.
Here's some of my most listened to bands in the last month:
One of my favorite things about Last.fm is that you don't need to listen via their service to have your music listens tracked. As long as you have an account your music plays can be tracked whether you listen via Spotify, iTunes, tracks synced to you mobile device like iPhone, and a few other services. As long as all of your devices are setup properly, the songs you listen to will be logged automatically.
To track plays on your computer through things like iTunes you'll need to download the Last.fm "Scrobbler" but for services like Spotify the integration is built in; all you need is to sign in with your Last.fm account.
From all the listening data that Last gathers the service can then recommend new songs for you to listen to as well as radio stations based on the same. With all the music listening I do I am always in need of something new.
It is a pretty cool service that is free. How can you go wrong?