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Last.fm/Spotify Help page

The last.fm site is actually a music recommendation website that lets you listen to some tracks/build libraries and play them streamed from the site. If you sign up for the site then it follows what you listen to and makes recommendations for other music to listen to. You can also buy tracks on the site if you want to.

Spotify is a music streaming service which makes it's money by playing you ads between pieces of music you listen to. BOTH services only use official copies of copyrighted music and play them to you over the internet (they stream the files to your machine when connected).

IF you were to buy the Premium service then you could download tracks to your PC/Phone for use for up to 30 days offline.

The good news is that you don't HAVE to subscribe to last.fm to use their service. For Spotify you DO have to register or sign in with your Facebook but you DON'T have to buy a premium service to hear the CD tracks over the 'net for free.

IF you already have Spotify on your PC/smartphone then you've already registered. Click here to jump to the Last FM section (if you are using PC) or here if you using a smartphone.

Registering for Spotify

This is fairly simple, although there are lots of separate choices. The good news is that this setup bit you only have to do once!
IF you use Windows 8/10, an android phone/tablet or iphone or Windows 8 phone then there are Spotify apps that you can download from the appropriate store. Fire up the app, click on the "Not a user - Sign up" link to register

IF you use Windows 7 or earlier then you will have to stick with the web version. Visit the website, click on the Login link on the top right of the page. This will give you a login screen looking somewhat like the following:

Snapshot of Spotify login page

SECURITY WARNING: My best advice here is NOT to use your Facebook login because if hackers get access to your Spotify details they would get access to your Facebook as well. The safest choice would be to set up a separate username (one you haven't used before) and a different password (write them down somewhere if you don't trust your memory - just keep the written version in a separate place away from your PC). So you should click on the "Sign Up"

Here's the actual amount of information you need to give to sign up (see below):

Snapshot of Spotify Registering page

The Email address is required for a confirmatory Email message to activate the account and to receive regular information about new music.

Setup Last.fm

Great News - there's no setup involved. If I provide a link on the members page it will be to the correct page on the last.fm website.

An an example here's a link to the Beethoven Mass in C Page on last.fm that has Spotify playable tracks.

Here's the image of part of that page:

Example last.fm page snippet

The important item is the small triangle to the right of the track number on the original CD. This is the link to Spotify site for the recording. You just click on there to access the Spotify site.

Here's the track information area of the image enlarged:
Track information snippet

Here's the track information area for the Mass in C - Kyrie (about halfway down the page) - Now click on the arrow next to the number 1 to access the Kyrie (not on this page - on the last.fm website) :
Second Track information snippet

Here's the image of the login window for Spotify (it may look a little different depending on whether you are using Windows or Mac or Phone apps to do the login). Just fill in the username/facebook connect

Spotify login

Here's the image of the Home page for Spotify (it may look a little different depending on whether you are using Windows or Mac or Phone apps to do the login).

Spotify Home page

Here's the image of the bottom left hand corner of the same window (it may look a little different depending on whether you are using Windows or Mac or Phone apps to do the login).
You can see in this image (below) the picture from the front of the CD case (i.e. where the recording comes from) and below that the player controls (from left to right - go one track back, play and one track forward and a volume control slider)

Spotify Home page detail

IF you click on the CD image in the corner, the page displays the complete track listing for the CD (in this case a 6CD set) you can use the "elevator bar", on the right hand side of the listing area, to view the listing of all the tracks.

Spotify Home page detail in listing mode

And that....is that. All done. You've accessed the page and can now play the tracks to your heart's content.

As ever, if there's something not clear on this webpage or you spot a mistake then go the contacts page on our website and send an email to me from there.

Using Spotify only

In researching this I found that the weblink in last.fm for the smartphone version of the webpage doesn't have the direct connection to Spotify (see first image below - Don't ask me why - it just doesn't). However if you are using a smartphone app of Spotify then you can locate various versions of the Mass in C (or any thing else) within Spotify itself and play them.

Web browser view of last.fm webpage on phone

If you've got the app then the phone is probably set to jump straight to the spotify home screen (as below). Click on the three horizontal lines to the left of the text ""Your Music" - this will give you a drop down menu.

Spotify Home page view
Click on the Search button in the options list.
Spotify drop down menu

The Search button gives you a search field at the top of the page and once return is pressed, gives the album and track choices available to you (see below).

Search field and results

Selecting the top choice gives you an LSO recording with Colin Davis. There's nothing you can do on the "Free" version of Spotify but press the shuffle play button to proceed. This accesses a playlist that includes all the LP tracks and a few others from other albums and presents the list tracks in a random order..

Album presentation on Spotify

This brings you to the player page. If you haven't got the correct track you want to listen to, then press the track forward button (looks like a filled in K but backwards!) until you get to the track you want to listen to.

Player screen in Spotify

And that....is that. All done. You've accessed the player page and can now play the tracks to your heart's content. You may have to put up with a few ads but that's saved the cost of a CD!

As ever, if there's something not clear in this webpage or you spot a mistake then go the contacts page on our website and send an email to me from there.