Option for a Dark/Black Skin/Theme

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Last.fm is 75% white, meaning my eyes hurt while using the site, especially when my eyes are already tired. I would love to see the option to invert the colors on Last.fm so that the background is black/grey and the font is white/red. I'm sure this feature will make lots of users happy!
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Jorge Luque (guitarjorge24)

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Claw

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Oh yes, some customization would be nice! I'd love to see the site in black.

I'll miss the old "Paint It Black"(I always did!) / "Simply Red", though. They were like a great inside joke.
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Jorge Luque (guitarjorge24)

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What were those? Where does Last.fm themes?
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Stian

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It was a small button on top that was later moved to your settings page. You could choose to have a black theme on last.fm instead of the standard red one. It only changed the colors. I also preferred the black theme.
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https://userstyles.org/styles/114442/last-fm-improved

If you tinker with this a bit you might be able to get what you want. As a temporary solution you could use a low contrast setting on Windows. This will however change your entire OS and some websites look dumb with it. I always thought it looked cool though. If you're using Firefox there might be an addon that could do it.

Agree on paint it black too, red is ugly >:
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I did that script. I think I'll try to make also a dark theme.
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If you check the available screenshots on the Get Involved page, there is one showing a dark background with white text, so it seems to be possible at least. I don't know if or when this might be introduced as a choice for users though.
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Hans-Jürgen, Moderator

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Here is a screenshot of that page:



I would also prefer this view than the standard one with white background.
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According to James this is a mock up of the search overlay, not a dark theme for Last.fm.  Even with paint it black, the site has always had a white / grey background for the most part, I don't think we have any immediate plans to change that, though it would be interesting to see what it might look like.  I'll run it past our design team for consideration.

If you're encountering eye-strain while using your computer, I'd encourage you to seek out software like f.lux.  Alternatively there's various browser extensions that let you modify the css of the site.   
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Hmm... I don't think at all that you have eye problem ONLY from last.fm site, but from just about any site in this world !!
The most of them has this black writing on white background (if you feel eye fatigue from last.fm, what do you feel from Google's search page ?!? )
I'm not saying that theme customization would be a bad option, but don't you think your problem is more like a joke ?
I wouldn't consider this problem even on nr. 999 on a 1000 list or problems to be solved...
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I agree, this is by far the dumbest idea I've read here. Too much white makes your poor little eyes hurt? How do you use ANY other site? Boo hoo.
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Hehehe have neither of you ever heard of userstyle themes or Firefox add-ons? Please don't tell me you both use Internet Explorer...
Here's what my  Google search, YouTube, SoundCloud, this site, and music player look like http://imgur.com/a/9v0Mb#0

Before the launch of last.fm beta, I was able to use a custom dark theme on last.fm but that theme is no longer compatible with this new last.fm which is why I would like to have the last.fm team make one (otherwise I wouldn't bother them with it).  Just so you know, I've been able to set a dark theme for every single website I use frequently (in less than 1 min usually).

I don't know how many hours you spend looking at a screen each day, but for many people its several hours each day. After your eyes are tired, having dark themes does make a difference. I can tell there's a difference because while using dark themes, I no longer feel I have to squint when looking at my screen.

That said, there's an inexplicable joy that comes with seeing last.fm (and every other website in the www) in a dark theme (IMO). Maybe black/dark themes are not for you, but I love them!

P.S. I apologize for the initial hint of contempt, but I felt somewhat disrespected by your criticism, Mr. M. Nothing wrong with criticism, just be respectful and have an open mind :)
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If you're able to et a dark theme for every single website you use, like you say, then just do it for last.fm and quit complaining.
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Hehe ... No, I use Firefox ... on a Linux system :D (and departed from WIndows for about 10 years :D )
But @M. said it right: you're such a versed user of style management in your Firefox, and yet complain about the default them in last.fm ?
That I really would like to understand :-)

As you can see, the site developers may change things around, from time to time, and eventually make your style plugin not render the site correct anymore.
So, maybe you have a lesson to learn from it ?  :-)

I for one don't even bother searching such plugins; I did once, many years ago, and I was such disappointed in anything I found that I decided that I better accept default theme in Firefox (OK, I admit I was lazy enough so that I wouldn't bother go deeper into the css files to tailor them to my personal taste).


That being said, of course last.fm would do us a great favour if they manage to offer us such option as to change the theme to our needs. Maybe this is not so hard to do ?!?
I understand their close friends at Spotify already have this (?) hehe... maybe they'll help last.fm dev team to do this for us, too ?
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For some reason I wasn't able to make a custom theme using the Firefox add-on I always use, called "Color That Site". Usually all it takes to make a dark theme for a website is to use that add-on and select "invert brightness" for font and background colors but for some reason it doesn't work with the new Last.fm. When a site changes, all I do to update the theme is click on "re-init page" but that still doesn't work on the new Last.fm. I tried tweaking with the add-on to no avail.

Thankfully though, Alin just created a dark theme using userstyles:
https://userstyles.org/styles/118652/last-fm-dark-theme
It's not perfect yet but it's pretty damn good!

Yes, Spotify is looking great with its dark theme. Hopefully last.fm will pick up the new direction GUI is taking. It seems to me that lately there's been a rise in dark themes in applications. There's dark themes now in Windows 10, MS Office 2016, and  Adobe CC Products!

By the way, if you use Firefox I think you will enjoy using this:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ft-deepdark/
It's the most beautiful skin for Firefox I've ever seen, and it's really well done. I haven't encountered any bugs/issues with it.
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That's a valid opinion. I find it much easier to read white text over black background than black over white. I have an LED LCD screen and it looks terrible if I reduce the brightness.

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