Exporting your Last.fm listening history to Spotify playlists

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In the meantime direct playback in the Spotify desktop client of all available Last.fm radio stations or on-demand from any Last.fm page showing tracks has been implemented on the new site and works reliably - most of the time. ;-) The direct playback did not work in Spotify's mobile apps or in their web player in the past, but nowadays you can switch playback from the desktop client to any Spotify Connect app listed under the related icon in the lower right corner next to the volume slider. That includes their web player (if started in parallel to the desktop client), their mobile apps and all other Spotify apps on game consoles, smart TVs, WLAN speakers etc. You can also try the split-screen mode of newer Android devices to open your Last.fm profile in one half and the Spotify Android app in the other half of the screen. All this only works if you have a Spotify Premium account though.

Furthermore having your complete Last.fm listening history available as Spotify playlists is also useful for getting better recommendations within Spotify, because they suddenly know much more about your musical taste than before. For example their new Daily Mix feature with up to six mixtapes from parts of your library benefits from that, but also your Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists.

In a pinned thread of the old "Last.fm for Spotify" support group I described how to export your complete Last.fm listening history with the online tool Last.fm to csv and import it as one or more large playlists in Spotify with Ivy. The new tool Tune My Music to which the old URL redirects now can be used as a replacement, as it also allows CSV file uploads. With a little extra work you can also use e.g. Playlist Converter, Soundiiz, Stamp, a Windows Powershell script or the textbox of Spotlistr for this conversion.

As there is a 10k tracks limit for single playlists in Spotify, you may have to edit the downloaded CSV file if it is longer than that, e.g. in Excel, LibreOffice Calc or another spreadsheet application. Furthermore you can delete unnecessary data like the album and scrobble date columns as well as duplicate scrobbles and also sort it.

You can listen to your Last.fm library again in Spotify if you play these large playlists from one playlist folder in their desktop client in shuffle mode, their mobile app folders unfortunately do not offer this option since March 2017 anymore. If you need more info or have questions about this method, please ask in this thread.
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OK, it looks like Last.fm to csv and Ivy work again, at least most of the time, so it should be possible to convert your complete Last.fm listening history to a Spotify playlist at the moment.

As an example I did this for user Rontambo who has about 24k scrobbles, but after eliminating his duplicate tracks from the CSV file only 2,514 "unique scrobbles" were left, as he seems to be listening to his favorite tracks very often. ;-)

And Ivy found 2,055 tracks in Spotify, so this is the public playlist of his scrobbles now:

https://open.spotify.com/user/1139245365/playlist/72B5c9qcrgJtBOgsZqOSsv

Rontambo, if you want to make this your own, simply highlight all tracks in the Spotify desktop client and copy them to a new playlist on your own account, as it is hosted under my username at the moment. If you enable Shuffle Mode in the Spotify software, it will behave like a random radio station and not play the artists alphabetically.
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I don't understand how you were even getting last.fm in spotify in the first place.... I lost that feature several months ago (was devastated, too) and haven't seen anything like it since then.... :(
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I share the same sentiments. Last.fm did an incredibly stupid thing. If I was in charge, I would fire the marketing department and bring back the old site.

I am a seasoned web developer (frontend/UI/JavaScript focused, but with plenty backend experience) and am working on recreating the last.fm web player. Last.fm still makes the data feed for your account available, so this new player will consume that data and produce a YouTube player in the same fashion that the original player did. This will be open source via GitHub and free for all. I'll be hosting a copy as well using Amazon S3.

Would you be interested in using this new player?
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Well, the feed pulls from your stations. So you could select your Mix or Neighborhood radio stations and play from one of those. Those automatically suggest new songs based on your play history.

As for loving and banking tracks, the player would interact with Last.fm's API. Assuming the API is still operational, this should be doable.

Does that answer your questions?

As for tagging, what are you referring to? Are you wanting to tag tracks yourself with your own custom tags? I have never done this...maybe last.fm provided this functionality previously?
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Chad, I am really interested, contact me chx1975 gmail (I am a seasoned backend developer, but I dislike JS alas)
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I tried sending you an email, but it bounced. So here is what I tried to send. You and everyone else can email me at chad.d.johnson gmail com.

If you'd like to collaborate, I'm down. However, note that I am architecting things such that there will be no backend in this project. This client will interact directly with the last.fm JSON feed, and then ideally it will interact directly with the last.fm API via client side JavaScript.

I am planning to use the following technologies:

* Angular 2
* TypeScript and ES6
* Node.js and NPM
* YQL (for pulling down the feed in a purely client side manner)
* webpack or Gulp
* Material Design

I've selected Angular 2 because I need to learn it for a new job I am starting soon. I've selected TypeScript because Angular 2 requires that (honestly I'd rather stick with standard ES6, but oh well).

If you are (or if anyone else is) interested or have any questions, please let me know.
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@Hans-Jürgen, after reading your post I did a test-conversion of 3.000 tracks with Ivy and it worked flawlessly for me - it went through in less than 15 minutes :)

Even though the Last.fm radio is back in working condition, I still recommend the Last.fm to CSV method. It looks more complicated than it actually is - once the list is in LibreOffice or Excel, it's basically done and you just have to wait while Ivy does its thing ;)  For me it's great that I have my complete listening history available in Spotify because it's the only way to get my Last.fm Library Radio (sort of) working on my iPhone.

(*) An automated alternative to Last.fm to CSV is SeasonSound, a great tool that creates playlists from specific time periods of a user's listening history.
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You'd definitely need MS Office (mine's 2013) - I don't think macro will work with LibreOffice. I'm not making a living of programming, just used the tool at hand to solve issue quickly :) There were days when people scared of macros in documents, yet it's no different to flash or java. Macro code is open and feel free to check with antivirus as well ;) I can try to pull other stations as long as somebody gives me URLs which return "spotify:track" IDs. the URL I use (http://beta.last.fm/player/station/user/[username]/[station]
) is kind of a hack, that I found online, no idea how to pull data for neighbours, friends, etc
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Oh wow, interesting. This page still works and returns JSON data.

ALMOST makes me want to create a simple web page to consume this and play videos. Hmmm. I could easily host this on S3+Cloudfront, too. Hmmm.
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You guys do realize I have made something like this already? It pulls the JSON and parses the track URLs into a format that you can then just copy and paste into the Spotify Desktop app. I'm working on a few more features, but hopefully soon it'll be able to allow always-newly generated playlists based on a certain station:
http://jfinks.netai.net/
Chad if you'd want to help me or want to collaborate, I'd love that. But take a look at what I've got so far.
The thread I keep updated about it is here
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/-app-last-fm-to-csv-generator
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Nice job, Joshua.

What I'm wanting to build is something that integrates with YouTube instead of Spotify. And, I want to remove any manual steps of repeatedly building playlists and make the software automatically re-pull the feed as needed.
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Can't help you with the YouTube end. This is actually my first coding project in years. I intend to add Spotify OAuth shortly. I am going to also run a script to fool Last.fm's scrobbler into thinking it's working. Developing this tool I realized the duplicates are often due to scrobbling outside the Last.fm beta player. If you scrobble a few tracks there it will repopulate the list with very few duplicates.

The entire purpose of my tool is to do exactly as you said re-pull the list as necessary. My "ultimate" goal is to have a Spotify playlist that once you've scrobbled through the list it'll repopulate itself with new recommendations on the fly. The idea being allowing you to have an ongoing "radio" of sorts for use on mobile. I think it'll be much easier to do with Spotify. Shoot me an email if you want to work with me on it at all. I'm interested to get your take
fefifochizzle@gmail.com
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By the way, if you are living in a country where Spotify is not available you might check if Deezer is, because there are tools to convert Spotify playlists to Deezer. The one currently working best is Spotizr, because it automatically splits too large Spotify playlists to 1.9k tracks lists and finds a lot of the Spotify tracks on Deezer, as their catalogues are quite comparable. Soundiiz seems to have problems with large playlists at the moment, Playlist Converter as well. Mooval takes too long, because it analyses your complete Spotify library first before offering to convert a playlist.

Of course you would have to ask someone with a Spotify account first if he would host your converted playlists from Ivy on his account, so you have a Spotify playlist URL to use on these Deezer converters. I did this during the weekend for someone from Georgia, and it is not that much work actually. Last but not least this is the only currently working method for people outside of Spotify land to listen to their Last.fm library radio again besides using VPN services etc. The best way would be a direct conversion of the CSV files fetched with Last.fm to csv to Deezer, but I don't know any converter offering this yet.
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There is another workaround, takes too long but you could use youtube to play your music.

  1. Convert your last.fm library to csv http://benjaminbenben.com/lastfm-to-csv/
  2. Open it in excel or google docs and copy like 600 songs
  3. Paste them here, to create a spotify playlist http://spotlistr.herokuapp.com/#/search/textbox
  4. And here http://www.playlistbuddy.com/ you could convert your spotify playlist into youtube playlist (with a 200 songs limit)
I have converted some songs using this method and works very nice

It's a very stupid and annoying thing must do all the above things in order to play music like we did in the previous last.fm design, the redesign lost the website focus which was listening to music, that's a shame.

Right now i stopped using last.fm and now i'm using Deezer and Youtube
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As there is a current problem with the latest Spotify desktop clients 1.0.12 and 1.0.13 playing only one track of a Last.fm radio station or on-demand playback
Oh? That's a known problem? Any ETA on when it'll get fixed? I am on 1.0.16 already and it still happens.
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last.fm to csv has stopped working for me.  Something I'm doing wrong?
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Same for me, it seems to be broken, as there already is a related new issue on the GitHub project page. Hopefully the developer will see it soon.
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Update: fixed by developer.
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It looks like Ivy cannot import CSV files to Spotify playlists anymore, because Spotify has changed its API. See this message from the Ivy developer on his first page:

Ivy is currently being rebuilt.

 After 6 years of support, Spotify finally retired their old API and Ivy can't quite work with the new one yet. This requires a rewrite of many parts of the tool. This will take some time. An ETA can't be given at this moment. I know a lot of people are enjoying Ivy and would like to see it back. It started as a hobby project back in 2010 and has since then grown to become a website where more than 200 people upload their playlists every day."

This might also affect all other available playlist converters like Soundiiz, Stamp or Mooval if it is true. OK, just tested Spotlistr with directly copying & pasting from an open CSV file to its textbox, and it seems to have worked, got a new playlist in Spotify's desktop client with the found tracks after a few seconds. So that method is still available at least, maybe also for other playlist converters.

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I just got a reply from the Stamp support that it already can handle CSV files for import, e.g. your exported Last.fm listening history. So that app would be another alternative, although it is not free. It also is one of the few that allows conversion to and from Google Play Music and Apple Music in case you don't like Spotify.
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By the way, if you want to keep your converted Spotify playlists up-to-date with every new scrobble on Last.fm, you could use an IFTTT recipe for that, e.g. this one where you would have to specify the exact name of your last converted Spotify playlist. It would of course also add duplicates to that list, so you may prefer the original method where you sort all your scrobbles in the CSV file first and then eliminate duplicates with your spreadsheet application.
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Some related news from Spotify: they have improved their shuffle algorithm for all users since today, see this posting in a related idea on their community forum.

So this may solve the annoying early repeat issues for mobile users who could not use the last improvement from about a year ago yet, as far as I know. For me the shuffle mode works as fine as it always did in the desktop client when listening to my converted Last.fm library.
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Finally, it's about time! I have a Spotify playlist with 1,500 of my current favourite songs and I was still hearing the same ones over and over on shuffle. Can't believe it took them this long.
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 It looks like Playlist Converter can also use CSV files now. A short one just worked, a longer one with 4k tracks froze while searching, but may have been formatted with too many columns (only Artist and Track are used like Ivy), so edit your CSV file accordingly. Another try with a 9k tracks file seems to have worked which took about 2 hours for searching. The site is getting very slow with so many results to display, too.

After search has finished, you can choose between several options what to do with the results, e.g. export to a plain text list, to YouTube, Deezer or Spotify. If you want to create a new playlist in Spotify's desktop client, you have to login, and the playlist will be automatically created there. The service is free like Ivy's, by the way.
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A Reddit thread about Last.fm recommendations as a Spotify playlist just reminded me that you can still play your personalised recommendations radio from your Last.fm user profile or homepage in their desktop client and e.g. copy what you have heard from the history tab of its play queue to a new playlist if you want to keep the tracks in a list. See this screenshot:



You only have to highlight all music tracks from that list by pressing the Ctrl key and click them with your mouse leaving out the ads, right-click one selected track and choose Add To Playlist and New Playlist from the dropdown menu. If you select all tracks including the listed ad spots, it will not work though, so you have to pick the music tracks from the history first.

Of course this would also work with anything else that you have listened to in Spotify, e.g. your other personal, global tag or similar artists radios or your loved tracks.
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Mr. H-J: please provide a version of the above instructions called "Playlist conversion for dummies." Or "listen to good old Last.FM at last.fm on your desktop." Or "how to listen to your Last.fm custom playlist of 1000+ songs when Spotify doesn't recognize it." I have all these problems. And yes I subscribe to Last .
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What is your Last.fm username, and what exactly does not work for you?
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K-STARB. I cannot add new songs to my playlist. Spotify does not recognize that I have a playlist. Does this help?
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I'm not sure what you mean with "your playlist". Checking your account you don't have created any playlists back then on the old site:

http://www.last.fm/user/K-STARB/library/playlists

So I assume that you refer to your library of 1,801 scrobbles which I can play by simply clicking on the "Play your library" button on your user profile. This only works if you have installed and started the Spotify desktop client though.

If you want to add more scrobbles to your library, just fill in your Last.fm login details in the Edit/Preferences menu of the Spotify desktop client (press Ctrl+P to call it), then everything you listen to on Spotify will be scrobbled to your Last.fm profile. See also the new Track My Music page for more details.

Nice blues based music taste, by the way. ;-)
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There is a new online tool for backing up your listening history to a CSV or XML file:

http://mainstream.ghan.nl/scrobbles.html

It is faster than Last.fm to csv and has more details like the MusicBrainz ID (MBID) for each scrobbled track/album/artist, so the resulting file size is about as twice as big (50mb for a library with more than 270k scrobbles). As mentioned above, you would not need all these details for creating a Spotify playlist from it, but it is "nice to have" of course.

You would have to make sure that you enable double quotation marks as a text divider in the import window of your spreadsheet application, otherwise the shown columns get scrambled. See this screenshot when importing the CSV file in LibreOffice Calc:



Another "nice to have" online tool is Last.fm Backup which provides a ZIP file (36.5mb size for me) with separate JSON files for each year of your listening history. You need to know how to handle this file format though and/or use one of the available online JSON viewers or editors.
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Soundiiz can handle the CSV format now for uploaded files, so it should be able to work as a full replacement for Ivy when converting your Last.fm listening history to Spotify playlists.

And they are asking on their Facebook page which other format options they should offer for their new version:

https://www.facebook.com/Soundiiz/posts/836639409803633

My ideas would be everything from Last.fm and Apple Music. ;-)
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Spotify is rolling out a new Daily Mix feature starting with mobile users, but desktop users will also have these new playlists or mixtapes soon. You get up to six different playlists every day based on parts of your library and sorted by genre. So if you have already added your complete Last.fm listening history to Spotify with large playlists, this new feature can benefit from it and works like a library or mix radio specified by genre which automatically refreshes itself.

At the moment you can only see these Daily Mix playlists in the Spotify Android and iOS apps. You don't have to be a Premium subscriber for that, even sending the currently playing list from your Android device to your Spotify desktop client works with a free account if they are on the same LAN/WLAN, but not the other way around, i.e. connecting your desktop app to mobile.

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Matt Ogle came to them from/with Echo Nest, right?
Somehow, and somewhere in between he created This Is My Jam, see his LinkedIn profile or an interview in Musically from last March.

By the way, you can also vote for bringing Daily Mix to the desktop client on Spotify's community.

I'm not sure if it is possible to create IFTTT recipes on a mobile device and/or if they would maybe only work in the Spotify desktop client. I also have these many errors in the recipe log besides others like "Personal Recipe Triggered" several times in a row and "Action skipped", but the tracks get copied correctly each week, also for Release Radar and my other recipe creating my Last.fm weekly top album charts as an image on Twitter and Facebook, so I guess it's some issue with IFTTT and their servers maybe.
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Spotify is rolling out a new Daily Mix feature starting with mobile users, but desktop users will also have these new playlists or mixtapes soon.
The Daily Mixes have finally arrived in the desktop client (latest version was updated yesterday to v1.0.45 for me). You can find them directly under Your Music as a separate tab in the left hand sidebar. It seems that they are not available in the web player though.

I have six endless playlists now which are roughly sorted by genres, i.e. classic rock, classical music, german artists, swing music, female rock vocalists, blues rock. So the soundtrack genre is gone for now, maybe I should listen to more Howard Shore in the future. ;-)
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Yay!!! Thanks for letting us know, Hans-Jürgen :)

Version 1.0.45 wasn't available for me in "About Spotify" yet, so I went ahead and downloaded the current version from the website - and to my surprise it actually was 1.0.45. When did Spotify start offering new versions on the website before the rollout is complete? I remember discussions about this very subject in the Spotify community from a while back - there was absolutely no way to get an update before it was pushed to you, iirc.

Anyway, great news, very happy the Daily Mixes have arrived on our desktops. The bad news though: I still only have two damned mixes - wth is up with that? Maybe I should listen to more Howard Shore... or anything really ;)
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Yes, I also remember that discussion about getting updates of the desktop client in the Spotify community. I already saw my Daily Mixes in 1.0.44 for a short while, but then they disappeared again, so having Daily Mixes might not be directly connected to the desktop version, but rather to your account.

Anyway, these playlists really work great and can be a good alternative to Last.fm's Mix radio. I like that they play well-known artists from a genre, but with tracks I have not listened to much or not at all, so it often surprises me when hearing them. I wish I could share the playlists publically, but there is no option to do that, probably because they are endless and personalised. The "Favorite" and "Remove" buttons in the player is a nice additional feature, so you can influence the direction in which the playlist will develop.
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Agreed, the Daily Mixes are one of the greatest additions to Spotify's feature set ever. I love their equivalent of Pandora's thumbs up/thumbs down, but I hardly have to use the "Remove" button - the track choices are just too good :) 
I hadn't noticed that sharing those mixes isn't possible - I guess you'd have to work around that with the mobile app, by scrolling waaay down and adding all the tracks to a normal, shareable playlist. This doesn't seem to work on the desktop, as you can't load more tracks without listening to them... 

I still hope I'll get more than two mixes/genres eventually. As it stands now, I only have one Lo-Fi/Indie Mix and one - wait for it - Emo Mix... considering that Emo is nowhere near my top genres, I'm scratching my head as to what happened there.
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This is kind of random but do you know if this exports tracks that were tagged before the redesign but not scrobbled? Like, before you could tag tracks (without scrobbling) and they would be automatically added to your library. There was a ton of music that I did this with because I would listen to them in DJ sets or odd formats or whatever and didn't really have a way to scrobble them. From what I can tell, with the redesign, there's no real "add to library" without scrobbling so I'm wondering if current library is just scrobbles or what.
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That's right, your current library only lists your actual listening or scrobbling history, and the available tools to export it to a CSV file also only add your scrobbles, not the music you only have added to your library by tagging. See also this FAQ which mentions that it is still planned to bring those artists, albums and tracks back and make them visible again in your library.

You could export your personal tags on the old site though, so if you did that, you would have a CSV or XSPF file of it and could use that to convert it to a Spotify playlist.

Furthermore you can always manually add scrobbles (without actually listening to the tracks) to your library with the Universal Scrobbler or Last.fm Scrubbler which also offer bulk scrobbling methods from files, local media player or online databases.
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Ah ok thanks. In my usual style, I remember seeing that option back a year ago or so and kept putting it off until they closed the old site down. IIRC there was a way to do it through the old API but that was shut down too ofc. Tags were the main thing I used the site for and now it's just been nonfunctional for over a year and all those tracks are just gone til probably 2020 or something, it's all so depressing. Thanks so much for droppin the knowledge!
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As far as I know, the API still offers this request which should allow to get your personal tags from it:

http://www.last.fm/api/show/user.getPersonalTags

But you would have to know which tag you want, it does not give you an overview of all your tags. So maybe this one would help:

http://www.last.fm/api/show/user.getTopTags

Of course having to use the API for this is too complicated for the normal user, so the staff still wants to bring back an overview of your personal tags. 2020 might be a good estimation though. ;-)
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The new version 1.12 of the Windows desktop app Last.fm Scrubbler can also download your complete Last.fm listening history as a CSV file now. Furthermore it has added Paste Your Taste as a new extra feature which lists your top artists in a small text note to share it with others, e.g. on Reddit.
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Two related Spotify updates: their mobile apps still show the created playlist folders, but there is no way to play them anymore since March 2017, see this community idea to bring that feature back.

A more positive one is the availability of their desktop client as a Windows 10 app in the Microsoft store now. It scrobbles and it also works with the direct playback from Last.fm, furthermore it looks exactly as their usual desktop client. So if you are still having problems with playing something from Last.fm with it you can try the new Windows 10 app as an alternative now. Don't forget to check its Preferences after an update, because it can happen that it forgets your Last.fm login details again besides other changed settings like automatic startup after reboot etc.

The Windows 10 app replaces the usual desktop client during the update, by the way, so you don't have to uninstall it separately. At the moment it does not work on Windows phones or the Xbox, but at least on the new MS Surface tablets with Windows 10 S version.
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Hey guys, finally making progress on my Android app in development. Be sure to check it out. It will allow mobile radio finally!
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/-app-last-fm-to-spotify-playlist-android
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In the original posting I mentioned the textbox of Spotlistr as one of the available tools for creating Spotify playlists from your Last.fm listening history. The developer released a new version of his website, there are five other options to use with Last.fm via the API: Similar Tracks, Top Tracks Similar, Tag Top Tracks, Top Tracks For Time Period, and Loved Tracks.

 


More news from the relatively new online tool Tune My Music: They offer more Last.fm related options as well, see this screenshot:




Last but not least: Soundiiz added more Last.fm options and tutorial pages for them now including one related to Spotify:

https://soundiiz.com/lastfm

https://soundiiz.com/tutorial/lastfm-to-spotify



Note that most of the advanced features afford a Premium subscription on Soundiiz.
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Thank you Joshua Finks . I hope that all is well now with your App.

Best of luck

Thomas
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My app was taken down by the Play Store. Apparently Spotify lawyers thought it was copyright infringement. I am no longer developing the app. Maybe some day, but it was a lot of effort to make considering the Spotify Android API was just about the worst thing ever. 
I'm glad it had a following, but I can't continue development until I get more reliable free time