In all other countries, listening to Radio will soon require a subscription of €3.00 per month." The change went into effect on 22 April 2009.
The announcement led to a wave of disappointment among the users, resulting in users stopping the submission of their data, refusing to change signatures/avatars and even deleting their accounts.
was founded in 2002 by Felix Miller, Martin Stiksel, Michael Breidenbruecker and Thomas Willomitzer, all of them from Germany or Austria, as an internet radio station and music community site, using similar music profiles to generate dynamic playlists.The site name takes advantage of a domain hack using .fm, the top level domain of Micronesia, popular with FM radio related sites.was launched as a separate development-oriented site on 5 September 2005.However, at the very bottom of each of the pages there was an Audioscrobbler "slogan", which changes each time the page is refreshed.On 11 September 2009, CBS Radio announced that programming would be available in four major market FM stations for the first time on their HD Radio multicasts.
This includes KCBS-HD2 in Los Angeles; KITS-HD3 in San Francisco; WWFS-HD2 in New York City; and WXRT-HD3 in Chicago.On 22 February 2009, Techcrunch claimed that "[the] RIAA asked social music service for data about its user's listening habits to find people with unreleased tracks on their computers.And Last.fm, which is owned by CBS, allegedly handed the data over to the RIAA." The request was purportedly prompted by the leak of U2's then-unreleased album No Line On The Horizon, and its subsequent widespread distribution via peer-to-peer file sharing services such as Bit Torrent.In January 2007 it was nominated for Best Website at the NME Awards.At the end of April 2007, rumours of negotiations between CBS and emerged, suggesting that CBS intended to purchase for about £225 million.Three months later, on , Techcrunch claimed that it was CBS, the parent company of Last.fm, that handed over the data.