Last.fm is the best online music service till date, there’s no doubt about that! Everything about it from radio, to playlist and the tags is just awesome. It can easily be called a music lover’s social network. With 40 million+ users and 50 billion+ scrobbles (Last.fm calls songs played on your profile scrobbles) submitted to date, it is uber popular I must say! We all know about the Last.fm scrobbler and the streaming radio service, but whats your idea about a nifty little application that not only streams the songs but also stores them on your hard disk?
I have no idea whether it is legal or not, but TheLastRipper does that, and quite nicely I must say! The songs first play on the application and then they get stored on the HDD of the user. At the first launch of the application, you can edit the preferences of the application and enter your Last.fm login details. You then have to select the destination directory.Then after few moments, the application starts. Me, being a rock fan started off with 30 Seconds To Mars and I must say that the experience was just great. The application does a good job to stream songs and its faster than the stock Last.fm scrobbler. The bad part about it is that it doesn’t scrobble the songs to your library. The best feature of TheLastRipper rectifies the problem faced by many nations of the world, the fee Last.fm takes to listen to radio on desktop after the 50 track limit present in many nations. In fact, it is absent only in USA, UK and Germany. This application just bypasses that limit somehow! TheLastRipper is fast and tiny in size, at just 250Kb, much less than Last.fm official scrobbler.It plays all type of stations, including library, recommended, artist, similar artist, tag, neighbour….Just awesome I must say.
TheLastRipper is lightweight, quick and comes with a bundle of advantages. There’s nothing to hate here, except the scrobbling issue. But the bundle of advantages it comes with has a long list too! I definitely recommend this one! Last but not the least, the application is cross platform too!