Back when Last.fm introduced their new Spotify Scrobbling Beta you couldn’t scrobble tracks that were only available locally and not in Spotify’s library. This was really annoying as I have a number of songs that aren’t available on Spotify (such as some deluxe edition CDs where only the standard edition is on Spotify), and a regression from Spotify’s internal scrobbler, which is now deprecated.
I noticed today that the deluxe edition tracks from Storm The Gates Of Hell scrobbled when they were played and I couldn’t be happier. I checked the announcement and it’s also been updated to state that local file scrobbling is now supported.
I’m not sure when it was introduced but this is fantastic news regardless.
Fit For A King have become the 12th artist to go past 1000 scrobbles in my last.fm library. They’ve been a bit of a quiet achiever as I probably wouldn’t rate them above some of the bands I’ve listened to less but they do have the advantage of having released a new album last year. I have their last three full length albums which all have a number of excellent songs on them, so it’s no real surprise in reality for them to reach this mark.
Listen to my Best Of Fit For A King playlist
QuietScrob, my preferred app for scrobbling from iOS, has released version 408. The most notable change being that it now supports “live” scrobbling. The currently playing track displays on last.fm as “now playing” as if it were being streamed from Spotify.
One thing I noticed is that it keeps updating the now playing track even when the music is paused. This leads to a confusing experience when I switch over to Spotify on my desktop and the now playing track keeps switching between the track I’m actually listening to and the song paused on my phone. I’m sure however that this will be resolved in an upcoming version as the app is updated pretty frequently.
QuietScrob is my preferred app for scrobbling, mainly due to the option to scrobble the album artist instead of the track artist. This ensures correct scrobbling of songs with guest artists because Apple are still incapable of storing the artist a single an array. This new feature of live scrobbling definitely improves the user experience and gives a more accurate record of what I might listening to at any given time.