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10 Jun 2008, 16:45

Collaboration Offers Logitech Network Music System Owners Access To Last.fm’s Extensive Music Catalogue

New York/London, 10th June 2008 – Last.fm today announced the next step in its collaboration with Logitech which will enable users of Logitech® Squeezebox™ network music systems to access Last.fm’s personalized streaming music experience anywhere in their home, for free. Last.fm is the first free music service offered through the Squeezebox system in Europe. The arrangement builds on the existing relationship between Last.fm and Logitech, announced earlier this year, which brought Last.fm’s scrobbling capability to the Logitech Squeezebox systems.

Starting today, music fans using the Logitech® Squeezebox™ Duet, Logitech® Squeezebox™ Classic or the Logitech® Transporter™ network music systems will be able to access Last.fm’s music catalogue – the largest streaming music catalogue available online – through their home stereo systems. This will allow users to listen to stations based on artist or genre on their home stereos, while also enabling them to use Last.fm’s personalized recommendation stations, which are built on users’ listening habits.

Martin Stiksel, Last.fm co-founder, said: “It’s something of a milestone to be offering the Last.fm streaming music experience for the first time on a hardware device, and we’re pleased to be reaching that milestone with Logitech. Last.fm is now no longer limited to your computer, and this marks another step toward giving music fans access to Last.fm’s unparalleled music services anywhere and everywhere they go.”

“Logitech is pleased to be the first hardware partner of Last.fm, world's largest social music platform with over 20 million active users,” said Robin Selden, vice president of the Logitech Streaming Media business unit. “Now users can create custom radio stations and playlists from any of the audio tracks in Last.fm's music library and thanks to Logitech’s network music systems, people can enjoy that music anywhere in their home.”

The new Last.fm music service is available beginning today in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. The Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of $399.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Squeezebox Classic network music player is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of $299.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Transporter network music player is available now for a suggested retail price of $1999.99 (U.S.).

About Last.fm
Founded in 2002, Last.fm is a free global music platform. Last.fm can offer music fans millions of tracks in every genre for free-on-demand and radio streaming thanks to partnerships with Universal, EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, CD Baby, independent aggregators The Orchard and IODA, and more than 150,000 independent artists and labels — without the need to sign up or download any software. As well as being able to access tracks for free — a service which has seen Last.fm become the fastest-growing free online music network in the U.S. — music fans can also share their music preferences by linking their media player to the Last.fm database. As a result, Last.fm can intelligently recommend songs, artists, local concerts and even other members based on their musical tastes. Last.fm also supports unsigned artists by offering them an unprecedented Artist Royalty program through which they can earn revenue directly from Last.fm every time their music is streamed. Learn more about Last.fm at www.last.fm.

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