Play Last.fm Radio Streams in your Music Player

Last.fm does not offer an obvious option to play music streams in an external music player. It is however possible to obtain the stream url for several radio streams from last.fm and use them in your favorite music player. This is also an excellent opportunity to record those songs using that player. I do recommend XMPlay for this.

You need to do the following to obtain the stream information: The first step would be to compute the MD5 sum of your password. You can do that at rednoize for example. Once you got that information you copy and paste the following url into your browser, edit the two variables username and password and hit enter. (one line of course)

http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/radio/handshake.php?version=1.1.1&
platform=linux&username=
&passwordmd5=&debug=0&partner=

Replace with the username and with the md5 sum of your password that you got from rednoize.

The important part of the few lines of text that appear is the one beginning with session=

Remember that part and go to the last.fm homepage. What you need to do know is to seek for something that you want to listen to. We need to create a last.fm:// url that we need later to tune in. Some examples:

lastfm://artist/
lastfm://artist//similarartists
lastfm://globaltags/
lastfm://user/username

You can basically just add an artistname, tag or username to that url. To tune in we need to open another url that looks like this:



http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/radio/adjust.php?session=&
url=&debug=0"

The SessionID is the one that you got from the first url while the last.fm URL is the one that you got from the above examples. A valid one would look like this:

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http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/radio/adjust.php?session=&
url=lastfm://artist/Bridge+to+Solace&debug=0

If the response is ok the text in the browser will say so otherwise it will say failed.

Open your favorite music player and open the url http://87.117.229.85:80/last.mp3?Session= to tune in. It should load and play fine if the response from the browser was ok.

To sum it up again:

1. Go to Rednoize and look up your mp5 sum of your password
2. Open http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/radio/handshake.php?version=1.1.1&
platform=linux&username=&
passwordmd5=&debug=0&partner= and replace the username and md5sum with the correct values
3. Create a last.fm:// url
4. Open http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/radio/adjust.php?session=&
url=&debug=0
5. If the response is ok load the stream url from the first browser response in your music player.

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Responses to Play Last.fm Radio Streams in your Music Player

  1. HED854 September 23, 2007 at 5:53 pm #

    Wow thankx to share this nice tip ! I have to try this !

  2. Dananjay Anandan January 3, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    hi! thanks for sharing. this works great now! trying to make it work with a barebones swf mp3 player off a server with php. :)

  3. Dananjay Anandan January 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    heh...this is fun, i can just set the radio to my favourite station and then use the stream url in my download app to save the stream into a nice fat mp3 on my harddisk. :)

  4. Mads April 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Thanks a lot for this... I adapted it into a shell script and now any last.fm artist is only a single command away :)

  5. Derjyn May 31, 2009 at 3:33 am #

    Rednoize is gone, and using other md5 converters, doesn't work. The error returned upon creating that url using the username/converted password is:

    session=FAILED
    msg=padd md5 not 32 len

    So, this is tutorial is sorta bunk/outdated now. Any chance we can get a new working version?

  6. Derjyn May 31, 2009 at 3:45 am #

    Sorry, disregard my last post... I was replacing the password in the url, not appending it, heh.

  7. john June 23, 2009 at 1:20 am #

    Hello,

    thanks for the very useful post.

    I would like to know if you know how to recover the stream of a specific song, such as the one in this URL:

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Fray/_/How+to+Save+a+Life

    Thanks

  8. Physatty February 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Hey,
    does it still work? I tried it and my music player could'nt find the stream. Maybe I made a mistake but I don't know!?

    • Tricky May 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

      I dont think it still works cuz I tried myself and found out that the link 'http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/radio[...]' is dead...this is step 2 u c?!

      so frustrating but thats life: hard and unfair! innit???

      if u want to listen to last.fm without starting your browser download the scrobbler http://www.lastfm.de/download

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