How do I add bands that I like?

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AJ R

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Patrick

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1. By listening to them. You need to download a desktop scrobbler and attach it to your audio application.
2. By tagging them.
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AJ R

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It wasn't like that many years ago when I first signed up. I haven't used it in a long time. It's changed a lot. Just because I listen to a song doesn't mean that I like the band. That's an odd way of adding bands.
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From your comment I think you're not really aware what last.fm is, what it's used for and what it does. It seems you don't even know what scrobbling is.
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AJ R

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Clearly you didn't read my comment. I mentioned how it has changed a lot since I first signed up for it. It seems like you weren't using this site many years ago around 2008. Last.fm is barely a music site compared to how I remember it. I'm familiar with scrobbling its been around since I first signed up which was around 2008. Just because I listen to a song doesn't mean I want to add the band to my library.
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Well, I've been with last.fm since 2008, you can check my profile. It seems you shouldn't be making assumptions. While you seem to say you know what scrobbling is your last sentence completely disproves that. Scrobbling = adding band to library if not scrobbled before. If a band hasn't been scrobbled by anyone else, it's added to last.fm and an artist page is created automatically. Your library IS your scrobbles. The site changed visually, but the core workings, building a library via scrobbling is still the same. So don't come here and say the site added artists differently in 2008, don't think you know better because clearly you don't. I remember on sign up you could indeed manually add artist without listening. But last.fm is for scrobbling. The fact you think scrobbling is an odd way to track favorite bands says to me last.fm isn't for you.  "Just because I listen to a song doesn't mean I want to add the band to my library." Well, then don't scrobble it...meaning don't use last.fm. Stop wasting people's time here.
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Only by "scrobbling" them, see these FAQs for more info:

What is a Scrobble and what is Scrobbling?

You can either scrobble your local music files on your computer and/or mobile device or from any of the streaming sites listed here:

https://www.last.fm/about/trackmymusic

You can also use the Last.fm site to scrobble e.g. your personalised radio stations on your home page and user profile or Similar Artists radios from artist profiles. If you use YouTube as your playback source in your settings (default), playing them is free. If you have a Spotify Premium account, you can also use Spotify as playback source:

How do I listen to music on Last.fm?

If you subscribe to Last.fm, one of the benefits is the new website design which also has a Top Tracks radio on artist profiles besides the usual Similar Artists radio. It will play the available (= with a play button) top tracks of that artist either from YouTube or Spotify then.

You can also import the databases of iTunes and Windows Media Player with the free Windows desktop app Last.fm Scrubbler or your Spotify listening history of the last 90 days with the online tool Scrobblify.

Last but not least you could also manually scrobble songs from your favorite artists with several online tools like Universal Scrobbler, Open Scrobbler or the Scrubbler, i.e. simply filling in the details for artist, album and track name without actually listening to them.
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Hi,
it's already been said clear enough what are the means to add an artist to your library, so I won't restate this myself.
But I want to emphasize this: there was a time, like 5-6-7 years ago, when, indeed, you could simply add an artist to your library with a special button existing in that artist's page; clearly this is what you may remember.
But the 0 scrobbles artists were eliminated from users' libraries long time ago.
Besides, this was useful only for the "social" part of last.fm, like in making connections to other users via the compatibility function; compatibility still exists but it seems it's pretty much changed in the way it works, and those artists added like you remember, with 0 scrobbles, are not taken into account anymore for compiling the percentage of compatibility.
At some point after the remove from the library of these 0 scrobble artists, there were responses from staff members that they are still there in the libraries, but they are simply not displayed, with some vague hints that they may come back in the libraries some day; I'm not sure that now, with the change of the database, if this is still the case.
So, you wouldn't have a use for this function anyway, even if it exists now.

Anyway, I found this really stupid even back than, when it was available (I did use this function myself, for a short period of time, but gave up on it really quick, and those 0 scrobble artists either I removed them, or "filled" them with scrobbles).

Go ahead and scrobble those artists that you like; after all, this is the very purpose of last.fm !