I am trying to decide if I should join or not. So far, the information that I have found doesn’t look that good.

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I am trying to decide if I should join or not. So far, the information that I have found doesn’t look that good. The app on the Apple App Store only gets a 2.7 rating. Plus, all the reviews are endlessly negative. Apparently, the app doesn’t work. Has anything been done to fix it? Any input would be great.
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Brian O'Hare

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Chris Jones

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I would like to speak in favour of the app. It will probably depend on how you will listen to music but for myself, playing locally stored tracks, it is pretty reliable with very few double scrobbles produced if appropriate precautions taken. 
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Hale Zimmerman

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Last.fm is pretty trash, I wouldn't bother tbh.
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KatyLB, Moderator

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Most people on iOS use third-party scrobbling apps at this point, I think. There's a number to choose from and they tend to be better than the official app, which admittedly does need an update.

I wouldn't personally judge the website on app store ratings, and you can always delete your account in full if you don't like it later.
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Hans-Jürgen, Moderator

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There are other ways to scrobble to Last.fm than with the official iOS app, please see this overview:


For example if you listen to Spotify or Deezer, you don't need an external scrobbling app at all, as both are connected via their API to your Last.fm account. For Apple Music you also would have to add all streamed songs to your library, as far as I know, so there is the idea to connect to Apple Music's API as well, see the related postings.
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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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I would be reluctant to recommend Last.fm solely on the strength of our app offering right now -- most of our development focus is on the website itself, and it's no secret that we've been having difficulties supporting scrobbling on itunes and IOS.

Part of the problem is that Apple have made it increasingly harder to support scrobbling on their platform, by restricting what information our app can access.  These changes are mainly for privacy and security purposes, which is understandable, but it greatly limits what we can do on these devices, compared to Android.  We 're trying to find ways to improve the reliability of scrobbling (and I can confirm that an update is in the works to address an issue with the scan button not working in the latest version of IOS13.), but right now there are caveats simply due to the way ios is designed (e.g. only music added to your apple music library can be scrobbled; duplicate scrobbles can be submitted when you sync with itunes and don't manually dismiss them).  

Still, if you're interested in seeing what you get for signing up, please check out this faq, and I also think you'll get more answers and viewpoints by asking this question on the last.fm subreddit