Using+Last.fm+without+Spotify

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Is there a way to use Last.fm without installing Spotify?  I have a Spotify account which I can log into and use via the web player.  However at work where I use Last.fm we are not allowed to install software on our computers. 

Spotify's radio stations are okay, but I miss the variety of things that I'd hear listening to My Recommendations.

Or is this one of those "to be fixed someday" issues?

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You can play from YouTube by changing the source next to the "love" button.
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Wyldstar

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As far as I can tell the button you refer to doesn't appear until after it has connected to Spotify.  There doesn't seem to be a way to change it before hand.
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Yeah, it sucks. Last.fm doesn't really seem to comprehend that many people don't use Spotify.
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Paul Celan

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I noticed that too. I can't even open the player without a message prompting me to sign up on spotify. But I don't want to.
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Gareth Bennett

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And if you do have Spotify, it still doesn't connect anyway. It's been a moth and it's still a bloody mess. What a fuck up.
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Having these same troubles.  The player doesn't work for me (Chrome) and will tell me, "connecting to Spotify" for, like, ever.  I miss the LastFm player!  
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Bumping. Are there any plans on this?
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Esther Haaijman

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Download the Spotify app on your smartphone and play from there. There's only a shuffle option on mobile devices when you haven't subscribed to them, but it's still a possibility. 
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Not really an option.  The office I work in has no wireless networks and poor connectivity for cell phones.

As I see it I'm left with two options.  Go elsewhere for music, or try to get I.T. to allow installation of Spotify (which won't happen).

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On my home pc I get the connecting to spotify message but nothing ever works. It brings up the spotify app which doesn't respond half the the time and no music. Not working at all. Sucks sucks sucks sucks 
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At this point I can get absolutely nothing to play on lastfm. 
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Esther Haaijman

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Perhaps you should just accept that it's not allowed at your working place. You could also install the Last.fm application on your cellphone (or another third-party application, which I recommend), and just import music to your cellphone from your PC. You won't use up data for it and most of the applications I used allow for offline-listening only to scrobble your tracks when you have a connection again.
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I use my iPod to listen to music I already own.  I use Last.fm and other services for music discovery.  Scrobbling isn't really a draw for me.

So far Last.fm was the service that managed to get the mix of what I enjoy the best, and the best at showing me new songs/artists that I might like.  It's sad to lose that.

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There are alternatives, at least WMP still works with last.fm

But of course, that's only for those who have the library at their computer and not those who stream

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I don't really see why I need to sign up for spotify just to switch to youtube or other planned streaming services (bandcamp f. e.), so there's that.
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I would love for this to get fixed... I mean if I could at least switch the source BEFORE it insists on spotify that would be great. I have the same issue as the original post where I cannot install software at work (and lastfm for a great many years was one of the few things that make work bearable). If there is any way at all to just have it skip to youtube without using spotify (and spotify is fine anywhere else but here) I would give someone many thanks. 
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As far as I know, it is on the current dev agenda, but I don't know if it might already be part of the next site update. For people having playback problems with Spotify, try Firefox instead of Chrome. For me it starts the radio stations immediately while Chrome takes three minutes after having clicked on the play link.
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The team have added the option to choose youtube instead of spotify to your website settings, it's in QA testing right now.  If it passes qa, I'd expect it to go out this week, otherwise it'll take a bit longer.
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phee stringer

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Thank you, this is the first time my lastfm player has worked in goodness knows how long. Thanks for getting this addressed :)
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Works for me too!  Thanks, team.  
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Wyldstar

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Well, it kinda works for me now.  After a little while it just stops playing


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