• Bye bye, scrobbling!

    Gen 6 2013, 3:56

    For the last few weeks the bug of multiple scrobbles in the official Last.fm app in my Mac has been unbearably irritating. It had made a complete mess of my scrobbled tracks list and it also had given me unfair scrobbling advantage over others.

    So for now I've decided to remove the Last.fm app from my Mac.

    The removal of the app also coincided with the "radical reorganisation" of my Mac, a.k.a. "tidying up". I've been removing applications and files that has little or no use from my Mac and reorganising the files into neat folders. After a few considerations, I included Last.fm app in the "little or no use" category, although I really feel sorry for doing so; scrobbling has been an integral part of my life! Listening to music doesn't count when it isn't scrobbled, right? (I read that somewhere)

    That entails the fact that no further tracks will be scrobbled in my profile from now on… from the official Last.fm official client. I'm still using Bowtie for the sake of the desktop "bowlet" (that displays the currently playing track) and it is also capable of scrobbling. Perhaps my scrobbles will come from that app in the future. Also perhaps I'll be scrobbling from Windows, too.

    Maybe from now on I might enjoy music the way music is meant to be enjoyed, not for the sake of scrobbles!

    I will still be using the Last.fm website, though.
  • Oh look—multiple scrobbles!

    Dic 31 2012, 10:32

    Well, well, four scrobbles for a song?

    Apparently there's a bug in the Last.fm scrobbler client for Mac that scrobbles a song multiple times! Oddly, though, this only noticeable in the website—it doesn't seem to be the case if I see my scrobbles from within the scrobbler client app… because it only displays two—not four—scrobbles. Still not right.

    If this is a bug I hope this gets fixed someday. Because it's annoying!
  • "Cheating" the scrobbler with iTunes

    Dic 18 2012, 9:26

    Apparently you don't have to have the song to have it scrobbled if you have iTunes and can access the iTunes Music Store.

    I've just found out that even by previewing the song as you're browsing the store for as long as the minimum Last.fm scrobbling time, the scrobbler will think you're playing the whole song, therefore it is scrobbled.

    The only drawback is you won't be able to enjoy the whole song as the iTunes only lets you preview one and a half minute of a song.

    But nevertheless it's an interesting cheat!
  • Catchy lyrics + simple tunes = song that will stick in your brain forever

    Nov 20 2012, 8:37

    I've been listening to the song Dumb Ways To Die by Tangerine Kitty because why not? It has all the formula that makes a great song, plus a cute-but-slightly-violent video that's reminiscent of Happy Tree Friends. Guaranteed to never leave your mind.

    Now if you'll excuse me. I'm going to sing along again with it.

    Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die
  • iPod Not Scobbling—Sucks!

    Nov 16 2012, 15:11

    While I wrote about the double scrobbling earlier, a few weeks ago I lost some tens of scrobblers. It was my fault: I forgot to start the Last.fm scrobbler before I synced my iPod so it only synced the play counts to iTunes, not to the scrobbler.

    I lost my many Bon Iver plays!
  • iPod Double Scrobbles?

    Nov 16 2012, 1:31

    It's odd that when I sync my iPod sometimes the Last.fm scrobbler double-scrobbles the songs that I had listened to in it so they looked like they were listened twice at the same time (which is technically, of course, impossible). It's really annoying on one hand but on the other maybe it's good to boost up the number of my scrobbled tracks?

    I wonder if it has anything to do with my being offline when I synced my iPod?
  • Ramblings: Of Scrobbling and iPod Nano

    Ott 20 2012, 11:55

    I love scrobbling. I was even addicted to scrobbling. I listen to music in the night in a continuous fashion all night long just to get my "Now Playing" list filled with the tracks I played—it was such a waste if the music that I listen to did not get "archived" by scrobbling it to Last.fm.

    So I haven't scrobbled for ages now. The reason is because the room into which I have just recently moved does not get the wireless coverage of my home Internet (it only covers downstairs), so it's such a pain in the butt to go downstairs just to scrobble. And I use Bowtie for Mac which does not save tracks that I listen to offline like the official Last.fm scrobbler.

    Also I have recently procured an iPod Nano 4th Generation for 800k IDR ($75). An awesome device and I'm really satisfied with what it does. Why not the recently released iPod Nano model, you ask? Well, two reasons: 1) the new model is way too expensive for me, 2) I love the click wheel iPods better. The problem is I cannot scrobble too for the same reason as above: I use Bowtie for Mac.

    Why Bowtie for Mac? Because the official scrobbler is outdated and Bowtie looks better and I can adjust the themes of the "bowlet" (which displays the now playing track in the desktop)—it also scrobbles but only when I'm online.

    I've now decided to download the beta version of the official scrobber for Mac, though. It's unfortunate though that it's been in beta for like ages. But I've set it up for scrobbling already and apparently it saves the tracks that I listen to while I'm offline, so yeah although it is indeed excessive to use both Bowtie and the scrobbler client I can still enjoy both the benefits of offline scrobbling and the "bowlet".

    So yeah.
  • Listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor

    Ago 10 2011, 4:10

    I wrote about music in my previous journal, and I've been downloading more and more post-rock stuff to explore more of the genre.

    One of the bands that had caught my attention was Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The band has been around for quite a long time, being formed in 1994 (according to Wikipedia). A part of one of their songs, East Hastings, is a soundtrack to the movie 28 Days Later (despite not being included in the soundtrack release), and that was the only reason why I was downloading their whole discography over the course of two nights.

    I hadn't really gave them a listen beforehand (the only song I had ever listened to was that part from 28 Days Later on YouTube), so when the download was finished and I added them to my iTunes library, I was quite surprised that most of their songs last more than 10 minutes—some even last for 20 minutes! Holy cow, that's like watching a whole episode of The Simpsons.

    But that doesn't mean I won't give them a listen, though. I'll try dedicating my plenty free time for them. Then I'll see whether they'd be one of my favorite post-rock bands.
  • My Thoughts on Post-Rock

    Ago 8 2011, 3:12

    You see, recently, I've been listening to a lot of post-rock stuff, The Echelon Effect, Circadian Eyes, God Is An Astronaut, Explosions in the Sky (my favorite), and some more.

    "Does a picture worth a thousand words, or does a music with no words paint a thousand pictures?". I see this quote often on the comments section of music on YouTube, and I think it best describes the genre. When I'm listening to post-rock, there's this otherworldly sensation that I feel which I don't find in any other music genres.

    Unfortunately, post-rock artists can't seem to reach the top overall tracks in my profile because most of post-rock songs is twice as long as songs of other genres that I listen to. And no matter how much I listen to post-rock, I seem to listen more of the genres other than post-rock.

    But at least they reach my 3 month top artists and that's enough to show my love for the genre, I guess.

    And less-known post-rock bands even let you download their music for free (e.g. on Bandcamp), making exploring the world of this genre easier.