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A scrobble (AKA a listen) is a passive type of post used to publish a song (music or audio track, including concert recordings or DJ sets etc.) that you have listened to.

scrobbling is the act of passively publishing scrobbles.

The term "scrobble" comes from Last.fm's software, Audioscrobbler.

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IndieWeb Examples

Michael Owens

Michael Owens has imported all 76,000 of his past Last.fm listens to his site. He can post them manually to his site as well as PESOS them from Last.fm. Example:

Details:

  • Musicbrainz ID. Each of the data elements has a p-* with the Musicbrainz ID of the various Tracks and Albums where it's available.
  • Album images.
    It annoyed me that Last.fm served images without HTTPS, so I cached the imagery for every track. I need to run a checksum comparison of images to remove duplicate files at some point.


Acegiak

acegiak PESOS imports her Last.fm listens to her wordpress blog using the plugin WP_LastFmScrape. they are published as listens under the Post_Kinds_Plugin taxonomy.

tommorris.org

tommorris publishes links to DJ sets (mostly from Mixcloud) and some songs (mostly from Spotify) manually (and actively rather than passively) and tags them currently playing. May start PESOS-ing from Mixcloud or using a bookmarklet.

petermolnar.eu

petermolnar wrote an old, 1.2 version of the audioscrobbler protocol implementation for WordPress to be able to receive scrobbler requests and store them on his site.

davidpea.ch

davidpeach has written an article on how he uses a bookmarklet to share albums listened to on Google Play all access to his own site. Semi-automated PESOS from google play music.

He also displays all of his tracked listens on his website at http://davidpea.ch/listens

Open Source

Libre.fm and GNU FM

There exists https://libre.fm which uses GNU FM. Once could conceivably run this on their own site.

WordPress Audioscrobbler server

The WordPress Audioscrobbler plugin can receive and store v1.2 scrobble requests as custom post type.

Brainstorming

IndieWeb Scrobbling

Creating an IndieWeb implementation of a scrobbling server or pass-through relay would free data about one's music listening activity and history from the Last.fm silo. One would scrobble tracks to their own personal server before syndicating the activity to other social sites like Last.fm. All of the scrobbling activity would be archived in a database on one's personal web server. A simple implementation need only implement the basic functionality present in the Last.fm API such that existing Last.fm client software could be used with minimal modification.

Ideas for advanced features

Scrobbling activity could be syndicated in other formats (i.e. Activity Streams), or published in another form altogether such as a tweet or status update.

Scrobbling activity could be filtered prior to syndication. For example, before publishing a track, the software could first check the artist and/or track name is not present in a list of "guilty pleasures."

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