I’ve been using music discovery service Last.fm for over 10 years, and make Scrobble support the first thing I look for a traditional desktop music player.
But, like many, I increasingly use the web to listen to music. Not just that, I also use multiple different music streaming services, including YouTube, Amazon Music, Tidal, and Groove Music.
Sadly for Scrobble fans like me many of these services do not have native or built-in scrobbling support.
“Scrobbling”, for those who don’t know, is the term used to describe the logging of one’s music-listening habits “…via software, as counted events when songs or albums are played, to selected internet services in order to track them over time, out of curiosity and/or to make them visible to others.”
That’s where Scroblr, an open-source browser extension for Google Chrome (and Safari) comes in.
Free Last.fm Scrobbler for Chrome
Scoblr sits in the Chrome toolbar listening out for music being played on a supported website (you can see a full list on the Chrome Web Store listing page). When you play a track on a supported streaming service the add-on detects and syncs it to your Last.fm account.
As some tracks might not be labelled entirely correctly on some of these sites the browser (handily) also lets you edit track data to be submitted, meaning your plays get filed under the correct artist or album name.
While not a must-have for everyone, for those who want to Scrobble YouTube and other services, it’s ideal.
Sadly this extension is no longer available but you may wish to try Web Scrobbler, which does a similar thing to this.