Last.fm is one of the most popular music portals on the Internet. It offers a wealth of information about bands, musicians, concerts and anything else that is music related.
A popular feature is the ability to play songs directly on the website which users from all over the world can do in modern web browsers.
Not all songs are offered in full as some are only offered as 30 second snippets on the Last.fm website.
A playlist option however is not available on pages where music is offered and the only option available to play music continuously on the site is to use the radio feature which plays songs by that artist and similar artists non-stop.
The Google Chrome extension Last.fm Free Music Player improves the listening experience on Last.fm. It intercepts clicks on play buttons on Last.fm automatically, scans the page for linked songs and lists all of those in its interface so that you can play them all at once without having interruption.
This works on all pages that display a play button to play songs on Last.fm
The music player brings playlist support to Last.fm. The music plays in the background and continues to play even if the Last.fm page is closed in the web browser as it is handled exclusively by the extension once it picks the songs up.
The player offers basic controls that include controlling the volume, pausing playback, shuffling or repeating songs and scrobbling.
All songs that are played in the music player seem to be full length songs. We tested some songs in Internet Explorer and Chrome without the extension installed and noticed that they were cut after 30 seconds. The same songs were offered as full length songs in the Last.fm Free Music Player.
That alone should be reason enough to use the music player when playing songs on Last.fm.
The ability to play full length songs, the playlist feature and the fact that music can be played in the background make Last.fm Free Music Player an ideal player for Last.fm users. Google Chrome users can download the extension directly from the Google Chrome Extensions gallery.
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