We're pretty keen on apps for enhancing Last.fm here at Lifehacker, but the service just became a lot less relevant for Australians. Nick over at Gizmodo reports that Australian users will now have to pay 3 Euros a month to listen to Last.fm music. While you can still access the other services Last.fm offers, as Nick correctly points out most of those are a lot less interesting if you don't use the main player. The service is still free for the big three music markets (the US, UK and Germany), so it's hard to avoid the conclusion that (as ever) Australia is just not a priority for new digital entertainment options.
Last.fm No Longer Free For Aussies
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