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This article was published on March 24, 2009

    If you live outside of the US, UK and Germany, you will need to start paying for Last.fm Radio.

    If you live outside of the US, UK and Germany, you will need to start paying for Last.fm Radio.
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    Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

    lastfmlogoLast.fm, the popular internet music social network, have announced they will be requesting users from outside the US, UK and Germany to begin paying for the service.

    Users outside of those three countries will be required to pay a €3/month subscription fee, nothing that will be break the bank, but a price all the same.

    The good news however is that the subscription is only for users who want to stream music from the site via their ‘radio’ service. Everything else on Last.fm (scrobbling, recommendations, charts, biographies, events, videos etc.) will remain free for everyone.

    The reasons aren’t clear, however international licensing fees appear to be the most obvious motive, already leading other startups such as Pandora abandoning the outside-of-US market. Although pleased, I am definitely intrigued as to how/why the UK and Germany have been excluded from the subscription model, especially considering YouTube’s recent move to block all music videos from YouTube UK.