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11.30.2011

LAST.FM BRINGS PERSONALIZED MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO SPOTIFY

            Last.fm, the leading global music recommendation service, will launch a specially-made application for award-winning digital music service Spotify, helping listeners using the service decide what to play next.

The app will be launched on the new Spotify Platform, which was unveiled today at a Spotify press conference in New York. Spotify Platform allows third-party developers to easily build innovative, engaging music-based apps. The Last.fm app can be accessed by millions of Spotify users through the new App Finder.

 

Some key features of the Last.fm for Spotify application are:  

  •  The recommendation of new artists, albums and tracks 
  •  Access to richer, deeper artist information and images on Last.fm 
  •  The ability to track your personal listening history 
  •  The creation of playlists based on your listening habits

 

“With the choice of millions of different tracks, deciding on what to listen to can be confusing. As the experts in music recommendation based on the listening habits of 40 million passionate music fans around the world, it was a natural fit for Last.fm to partner with Spotify and provide the solution to this dilemma,” said David Goodman, President, CBS Interactive Music Group. “Music discovery has always been at the heart of everything we do at Last.fm so we’re delighted to now extend this ethos to a whole new community of music lovers.”

 

Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotify, added: “Today Spotify brings music to the party and becomes a music platform, with the launch of truly integrated apps inside Spotify from the best and brightest.  We’ve worked closely with Last.fm to deliver a unique app, layering even more fun and social musical experiences into Spotify.”

 

In addition to unrivalled new music discovery, the Last.fm app will bring an added layer of context to the music being listened to on Spotify with biographies and background information available to view for each artist. Users will also be able to effortlessly create and save playlists of recent tracks listened to, top albums, loved tracks and recommendations. Nearly 40 million current Last.fm members will be able to take advantage of their existing music history to get personalized recommendations, while new users will immediately benefit from the collective wisdom of the Last.fm community’s 60 billion scrobbles.

 The application launches on November 30th and will be available in the United Kingdom, United States, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

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About Last.fm

Founded in 2002, Last.fm is CBS Corporation’s (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) global music discovery service and is part of the CBS Interactive Music Group. Last.fm intelligently recommends users new music, personalized radio and concerts, connecting music lovers from around the globe. Last.fm’s unique 'scrobbling' technology lets users keep a record of what they listen to from over 600 music players. Last.fm harnesses 60 billion pieces of music taste information to recommend music to almost 40 million users across 12 languages in more than 200 countries. Learn more at www.last.fm. 

About Spotify

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 15 million* tracks. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.

 

Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has become the largest and most successful music service of its kind, with over 10 million active users and over 2.5 million paying subscribers. Spotify is now available in twelve countries around the world: US, UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. 

*Number of tracks licensed globally. Catalog size varies in each country. 

About CBS Interactive Music Group

CBS Interactive Music Group is comprised of a diverse collection of leading consumer music brands including Radio.com, Last.fm, MetroLyrics and MP3.com.  Broadcast, online and personalized products are readily accessible across a variety of digital and mobile platforms by a worldwide audience of more than 50 million unique monthly users.  Music fans can interact with material from the biggest names in the industry, as well as discover new and breaking artists, create their own listening experience and share their personal taste in music with friends and other like-minded fans.

The division also has established content partnerships with VEVO, the Web's leading premium music video and entertainment service, and Xbox Live, the popular gaming platform.  For more information, please visit http://www.cbsimg.com.  

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Contact: Karen L. Mateo           212-649-9639                klmateo@cbs.com

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