Last.fm is a music recommendation service. We use Last.fm by signing up for an account, and it helps us discover more music based on the songs we play. Last.fm tells you what songs you play most often, which songs you like the most, how much you’ve played an artist over a certain amount of time, which of your friends have similar interests in music, and all kinds of stuff. By focusing on the music we’ve already played Last.fm helps us discover more music.
I like to think that Last.fm is the highway leading us to a specific destination, but having detours along the way. When using Last.fm, you play a certain radio station so you can listen to a specific style of music. The catch is that the station may not take you directly to the specific artist that you probably want to hear right away. Last.fm gives you the option of what music you want to listen to, but plays other unfamiliar yet similar songs throughout the time spent on the chosen radio station.
Here is my reasoning for why I use a highway leading to a specific destination for a representation of Last.fm. You log in using your account which can represent a vehicle. The chosen radio station is the highway that we take to get to a destination. The destination represents the music that we know and recognize from choosing the radio station. As I said earlier, there is a catch. We don’t get to our destination on a direct route. We get to our destination by taking the detours, which represent the unfamiliar songs we hear before getting to the ones we are familiar with.
We may not get to our favorite songs right away, but we still end up hearing them. We just take the detours to help us discover new music along the way.