Once I realized that this change affects the last.fm radio, and not the various listening options to individual tracks I favor, then I became less concerned with it. I had hoped that an ad-based model would support world-wide users, because it’s a good thing that people all over the world use last.fm. At the same time, if it’s only the last.fm radio, which is not my main use of last.fm, then I am less concerned overall.

Last.fm has a burgeoning netlabel-type free music movement, best exemplified by Pixieguts and her Pixies Palace members, which I want to see remain vital, world-wide and free.