In the past, I’ve used different methods of scrobbling music from my iPhone. The simplest way is to use the last.fm desktop client with iTunes, which should update last.fm whenever you synchronise your phone and iTunes, but I’ve found it to be a bit unreliable with many duplicate scrobbles.
More recently I’ve tried using alternatives to the stock Music app on my iPhone – Scrobbler, last.fm’s official player (my review) and Ecoute (my review). But Scrobbler hasn’t been updated in nearly a year and still looks like a pre-iOS 7 app, and since iOS 8 came out Ecoute’s scrobbling feature only seems to work erratically, despite some updates.
QuietScrob differs because it isn’t a music player in itself – it quietly sits in the background of your device and will scrobble the songs you play from the stock Music app. Theoretically it’ll also work with some other third-party music players too, but I assume that it will only detect plays from apps which use the library on your device. For example, I tried playing a song that I streamed from Bandcamp in its app, and QuietScrob didn’t pick it up.
To get it running, you connect it to your last.fm account, and… well, that should be it. QuietScrob should then detect music plays every few minutes and then quietly send these to last.fm in the background. I say ‘should’ because in my experience it didn’t run in the background, even though Background App Refresh was enabled for it. I’ve found that I still need to open the app at least once per day. However, it has managed to upload all of my music plays with just the occasional track scrobbled twice, which I put down to quirks when synchronising with iTunes.
The app’s interface shows the songs that you’ve played, and a status icon – green tracks have been scrobbled and blank ones haven’t. You can tap a song to remove it; useful if you’re listening to Justin Bieber and don’t want the world to know. There’s also a Notification Centre widget which shows the five most recently scrobbled songs that you can enable.
QuickScrob, like most apps these days, is free with an in-app purchase option. Without the in-app purchase, you’re limited to how many songs you can scrobble each hour – the 69p in-app purchase lifts this restriction.
Overall, I like QuietScrob. It’s simple and lets you carry on using the stock Music app on your devices, rather than compromising with a third-party app. I hope that the issue with it not scrobbling in the background will be fixed soon.
QuietScrob is a free download (with in-app purchases), and is a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.