All Free Things Must Come to an End

last.fmI was saddened to read this morning the following:

From February 15 you will need to be a subscriber to listen to Radio stations on devices, including your Android app.

No other features are affected by this change.
In taking this decision, we have given a lot of thought to how this impacts some of our early adopters and long-time users like you. We truly appreciate what you have meant to our growth and success, and offer you the following as a token of our thanks;

A free 3 month subscription to

This will start automatically on February 15th 2011. As a result you will continue to be able to use as you do today until the end of your subscription.  If you'd like to see the other benefits of your free subscription, please visit the subscription page.

We appreciate you may have questions about this announcement, so visit our blog to read more about these changes and offer feedback. Radio will remain free on the website in the US, UK and Germany and for the US and UK users of Xbox Live and Windows Mobile 7 phones. We’ll also continue to offer radio for free via the desktop app. sent this notice a week ago, but I guess I am a little behind on reading my mail.


So enjoy your free music while you can.