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Keep track of what you're listening to on Windows Phone with ScrobbleMe

Listening to music on your Windows Phone and use a Last.fm account? You'll need this app installed. ScrobbleMe is a simple app by Arnold Vink, the creator of ZuseMe and ZenseMe, which offers "scrobbling" support for all music played on the Windows Phone ("scrobbling" is basically to feed Last.fm data on your music history). Really handy if you're one to enjoy keeping on top of play counts and show friends what you're listening to. And, it works pretty well.

Xbox Music currently doesn't sport such functionality across supported platforms. We also can't (quite yet) fire up the Music app and check out what friends are listening, what we've enjoyed the most and any recommended tracks based on the collection of data (more advanced than what's presently available). It's definitely a feature Microsoft should look into to expand the service. Zune had solid foundations to a good service, it just needed to be built on.

Simply hit the button to submit the list of songs accumulated by the app and Last.fm will subsequently display all entries pumped up into the cloud. Note that the scrobbling is limited to local tracks only. Streaming isn't picked up. Be sure to download you Xbox Music playlists to get scrobbling. We'll look forward to Microsoft implementing such functionality into their music service so everything works seamlessly.

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The hidden beauty of ScrobbleMe is that there's no requirement to run the app in the background. Boom, job done. Simply fire up the app whenever you feel like updating your Last.fm and ScrobbleMe will populate everything you've played on the device. It's easy to use and appears to work well. As for Xbox Music service, this is one of the suggestions we have for Microsoft to look at addressing immediately.

That's about it. Really nice and simple. Should you happen to uninstall the app, the developer notes that play counts will be reset when  reinstalled. There's a backup tool published on the developer website that can provide a helping hand here.

You can download ScrobbleMe from the Windows Phone. Thanks, UVsoaked, for the tip!

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Keep track of what you're listening to on Windows Phone with ScrobbleMe

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Hahahaha no. If he wants useful results, use Google search. Every time I use Bing on my phone I regret it and have to open IE to use Google instead.

Not sure why I would need this. Lots of the music apps will tell you what you recently played.

I did not see it mentioned in the article (though maybe I missed it), but the app's developer says (in the app description) that this ONLY works with on-device plays. Streamed songs will not be recorded.
 
I'm using this currently (I use ZuseMe on my Windows 8 desktop as well), and am pretty pleased with it, but I do not understand what you (and the app developers) are talking about with the uninstall. When I installed the app, it had a LOAD of tracks to scrobble that I had played previously on my device, so it is clearly capable of knowing your actions without being on the phone itself.

The UI may be better, but the functionality is brutal. You have to open the app before you listen to music and half of the time it doesn't even work.

The app could use a visual upgrade but it's nice to see an app that can support Last.fm. I've missed the easibility of scobbling when I had an iPod and used iTunes prior to, oh jeez, probably 2009 at this point.

It doesn't work under lockscreen so it fails to connect constantly when the screen turns off.

I've been using this for the past week and its consistency is above every other scrobbler in the store. It feels good not to have a song scrobble 4 times in a row for no reason or just stop scrobbling altogether. It could do with an improved UI but I'm content as the app actually works.