Not a big surprise here. Last.fm is announcing that their ad-supported model, like the one used on their website, does not work on mobile and connected home entertainment devices. As such, Last.fm will switch to a premium subscription model — with higher quality audio — that will charge users $3/mo to access the service (remember, Pandora charges $36/yr for their ad-free Pandora One access). Fortunately, however, the change will not affect Web, Desktop, Xbox Live, or Windows Mobile 7 phone users (not sure why Windows Mobile 7 gets a pass). Below is a list of devices supported by Last.fm that now require a subscription. You’ll notice that all Logitech Squeezebox and Sonos products are included in the list.
Google Android – free app; subscription required for radio in US, UK and Germany
Apple iPhone – free app; subscription required for radio in US, UK and Germany
Microsoft Xbox Live (also with Kinect) – App free with Xbox Live Membership in US and UK
Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 – Free in 2011 in US and UK; subscription required for radio in Germany
All Logitech Squeezebox products – subscription required in US, UK and Germany
All Sonos products – Free until mid-summer 2011 for US, UK and Germany; subscription required thereafter
Revo AXiS, Ikon, Domino, Heritage – subscription required in US, UK and Germany
Roberts Stream 63i, 205, Colourstream, 83i – subscription required in US
M3 Muvid Products – subscription required in Germany
Teufel Audio Raumfeld – subscription required in UK and Germany
Selected Onkyo AV receivers – subscription required in US, UK and Germany
Denon and Marantz selected AV receivers – subscription required in UK and Germany
All devices will offer a free-trial period. We’re constantly updating this list, and you can see a more detailed view of these devices and what they do by visiting our hardware page.
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