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Explr.fm – map the music you listen to

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Map of where the artists I listen to come from, generated by explr.fm

The map above shows you the countries of origin for the artists that I listen to. It was generated using explr.fm, which uses your scrobbles from last.fm to map out your listening history by country. Darker colours mean that I listen to more artists and bands from the country.

Overall, I’ve listened to artists from 48 of the 197 countries that explr.fm is aware of. Naturally most are from the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, since I mostly listen to music sung in English. But Germany, Finland and Sweden are also hotspots as well, probably because many European bands also sing in English even if it’s not their first language.

I tend not to listen to much world music, so explr.fm wasn’t able to show much in South America, Africa or Asia, apart from Japan where my small collection of J-Pop makes an appearance. The data is amassed using last.fm tags added by users, so not all of the data may be accurate.

One of the main reasons why I scrobble the music I listen to using last.fm is to get data like this. With over 70000 song plays scrobbled, it’s possible to get some meaningful data – not just recommendations of other music that I enjoy, but also interesting data like this.

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  1. What a cool idea. I’m off to try it myself.

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