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Web address
Commercial? Yes/Free software
Type of site
Music, Statistics & Community
Registration Required, Free
Available in Multilingual
Owner FooCorp
Created by FooCorp/GNU Project
Launched April 1st 2009
Alexa rank
negative increase 839,833 (February 2015)[1]
Current status Active[citation needed] is a music community website that aims to provide a Free Software replacement for[2] The website was founded in 2009 by Matt Lee. It is under active development.[3] can optionally store a user's listening habits using information sent to the website's server from the user's audio player via scrobbling. In order to enable support for on existing audio players, the website implements the Audioscrobbler API.[1][4] In addition to collecting user uploaded listening data, the site offers streaming music using the Ogg container, from the sites Jamendo or The Internet Archive, via an HTML5 audio player, run directly in the user's browser.

By utilizing the records of users' listening habits, the website aims to be able to recommend music to users by analyzing their musical taste. However, this feature isn't fully developed yet.[5] The site currently only offers basic suggestions if content a user has "Loved" (favorited), contains shared tags with content a user has not favorited yet. Registered users who have favorited tracks, will have that content appear in streaming web playlists, called "Radio Stations". It is not currently possible to build custom playlists.

A goal of the project is to encourage artists to release tracks under a free license, and allow users to download or purchase these tracks. Only artists releasing music under free content licenses are promoted by the site. The website will also allow users to communicate among themselves, create groups of common interests and share information on musical events.[6]

The main reasoning behind the foundation of was to provide a service similar to that respects the privacy of its users and their information. As such, does not log users' IP addresses, allows users to decide if their listening habits are to be made public or not, and does not claim ownership on users' data.[2] is powered by the free software package GNU FM,[7] created for the project.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Dan (2009-04-02). " — Building An Open". Adventures In Open Source. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Client Support". The Wiki. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Comment on " — Building An Open"". Reddit. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  7. ^ GNU FM, Foo Corp .[dead link]

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