I’ve been an avid user of Pandora and Last.fm for over two years now. Both are great online music services that have gotten increasingly popular over time, but I’d always used them for slightly different purposes. Pandora I’ve always used as an alternative music source when I’m separated from my music collection. Picture sitting at your desk at work with your headphones on, that’s me on Pandora pretty much every day at work. When I get home from the office and back to my Powerbook I open iTunes and launch Last.fm, tracking my listening habits on my personal music collection.
Recently I’d been craving a solution that would link these two great products and increase the utility of my Last.fm account by including in its tracking all the hours of great music I’d found and been listening to on Pandora. Last week I found it, the Last.fm Firefox extension at Yerblog.com. With a quick install this extension allows you to send all the songs you listen to on your Pandora account to be scrobbled (tracked) on Last.fm. Now the awesome discovery power of Pandora is combined with the statistical analysis and recommendations of Last.fm. Combined with the recent release of both the Pandora and Last.fm iPhone applications, which make both of these services completely mobile, hardly ever again will a song you listen to go untracked. Maybe you really can have your cake and eat it too.