For the time being, in the UK, Last FM on the web remains free, but the service has announced it is going to start charging for mobile.
Now, I like Last.FM, but charging for a service where you can't control what track you're going to hear, or even what band is coming next?
Last FM's Matthew Hawn even claims they don't really need the money:
"We think that the best experience is ad-free," said Mr Hawn, Last.fm's head of product.If Last FM really believes the best experience is ad-free, then wouldn't the "rational decision" be to launch a paid-for ad-free version alongside the free, ad-supported edition?
"It's not that we're losing buckets of money on our service... but we're trying to make rational decisions about our business model."
Last FM is pretty good for a freebie; but surely if you just want songs you might well like coming at you in a random order, you've got the radio?