Audioscrobbler was limited to keeping track of which songs its users played on a registered computer, which allowed for charting and collaborative filtering.
was founded in 2002 by Felix Miller, Martin Stiksel, Michael Breidenbruecker and Thomas Willomitzer, all of them from Germany or Austria, as an internet radio station and music community site, using similar music profiles to generate dynamic playlists.
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On 22 February 2009, Techcrunch claimed that "[the] RIAA asked social music service for data about its user's listening habits to find people with unreleased tracks on their computers.
And Last.fm, which is owned by CBS, allegedly handed the data over to the RIAA." The request was purportedly prompted by the leak of U2's then-unreleased album No Line On The Horizon, and its subsequent widespread distribution via peer-to-peer file sharing services such as Bit Torrent.
Three months later, on , Techcrunch claimed that it was CBS, the parent company of Last.fm, that handed over the data.
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won the Europrix 2002 and was nominated for the Prix Ars Electronica in 2003.) and teams began to work closely together, both teams moving into the same offices in Whitechapel, London, and by 2003 was fully integrated with Audioscrobbler profiles.
Input could come through an Audioscrobbler plugin or a station.
The sites also shared many community forums, although a few were unique to each site.
The old Audioscrobbler site at the domain name was wholly merged into the new site on 9 August 2005.
Based on well-known sayings or advertisements, these originally appeared at the top of the Audioscrobbler website pages and were all created and contributed by the original site members.