If you're already a member of Last.fm, then you can skip "Getting set up" and just do the "Set and forget" bit...
Getting set up
If you aren’t already on Last.fm, it’s easy.
a. Sign up (it’s free. Pick your username carefully though – you CANNOT change it once you’ve signed up.).
b. Download the scrobbler (for mac, pc or linux)
c. Read and follow “Set and forget” below.
Set and forget
MAKE SURE YOUR ALBUMS/SONGS ARE LABELLED CORRECTLY
For increasing awareness of Kris on Last.fm, make sure whatever you play of his, has his name “Kris Allen” (no “quotation” marks) as the Artist or Artist Name or whatever your music player names it.
The end of year Top 40 collection does not include live albums, greatest hits collections, EP’s and singles, so you don’t have to change all the rips from live shows that you’ve labelled “hot new song!”.
BUT official albums must be labelled correctly (as they were named by the record label).
AND, if you want to increase awareness of Kris – and have the fun of seeing your play count of his songs on your own personal charts – it’s a good idea to have his name in the Artist section of your music manager.
Your work here is done! That’s it, seriously. You can set this up, and contribute to Kris’s success just by playing his songs on your music player at home. (Or in the office – if work lets you, download the scrobbler onto your work computer…)
ETA: We've had some suggestions of other software to use - we'll remind everyone again about these two programs later. If you're new to Last.fm, don't worry, they aren't necessary to getting Kris's plays counted in your scrobbler. Thanks to you guys that suggested them :-)
If you're a Pandora user then LastPandora allows you to scrobble your tracks to Last.fm automatically while you're using Pandora. I don't (can't because I'm not in the US) use Pandora, so I can't give you any tips on it, but I'm sure if people need help they could ask some of the other forum members. If it's really popular, we could do a task for it if a Pandora user helps :-)
The other suggestion was an app for iPhone/iPod users called iScrob. Which is available in the iTunes store. I'm going to give it a go & if there's any quirks, I'll let you know.
On to Task Two - Tags
Amanda and I are really excited about this project as we're both avid last.fm users and believe it could be a great tool for getting his music out there beyond the Idol bubble. Just hit us up here or on twitter (I'm @dy7764 and you can also find me on last.fm under the same user name) if you have any questions about how to use it or do any of these tasks.
Also wanted to say that some people prefer Pandora to last.fm. Even if you are a Pandora user, still do this task. There is a way to get your pandora listens to Kris scrobbled on last.fm but to do this, you will need to have the scrobbler. (The actual process is definitely lastfm 201 so we'll save that for another day. Right now we just want you to get set up. :))
You actually don't need to download anything at all to do that.
I've signed up, got Scrobble, and it's doing whatever it does lol. I'm a total newbie so I'll need guidance from you guys. I'm mzbet over there, too, and have sent friend requests to all of you that have put your names in here.
I'm off to friend you now! I'm korestemenos over there.
Friending is one of the tasks we'll be doing in future, so starting now is getting ahead which is FTW. Friending helps you to discover new music as well as share the music you like... like Kris for example ;-)
I love doing this, so I'm glad you think it's fun :-)
I'm off to friend you right now! I'm korestemenos over there.
I'm off to friend you now - I'm korestemenos over there.
I hate it when I play a track on youtube, or bandcamp etc and it doesn't scrobble - it always seems like a waste LOL.