is a music community website that aims to provide a Free Software replacement for[2] The website was founded in 2009 by Matt Lee. logo
Type of site
Music, Statistics & Community
Available inMultilingual
OwnerMatt Lee and Rhea Myers
Created byGNU Project
CommercialYes / Free software
RegistrationRequired, Free
Launched1 April 2009
Current statusActive[1] can optionally store a user's listening habits using information sent to the website's server from the user's audio player via scrobbling. In order to enable support for on existing audio players, the website implements the Audioscrobbler API.[1][3] In addition to collecting user uploaded listening data, the site offers streaming music using the Ogg container, from the sites Jamendo or The Internet Archive, via an HTML5 audio player, run directly in the user's browser.

By utilizing the records of users' listening habits, the website aims to be able to recommend music to users by analyzing their musical taste. However, this feature is not yet fully developed.[4][better source needed] The site currently only offers basic suggestions if content a user has "Loved" (favorited) contains shared tags with content a user has not yet favourited. Registered users who have favourited tracks will have that content appear in streaming web playlists called "Radio Stations". It is not currently possible to build custom playlists.

A goal of the project is to encourage artists to release tracks under a free license, and allow users to download or purchase these tracks. Only artists releasing music under free content licenses are promoted by the site. The site will also allow users to communicate among themselves, create groups of common interests and share information on musical events.[5]

The main reasoning behind the foundation of was to provide a service similar to that respects the privacy of its users and their information. As such, does not log users' IP addresses and does not claim ownership of users' data.[2] is powered by the free software package GNU FM,[6] created for the project.


  1. ^ "Project Summary : Factoids". Open Hub. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ Lynch, Dan (2 April 2009). " — Building An Open". Adventures In Open Source. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Client Support". The Wiki. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Comment on " — Building An Open"". Reddit. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  6. ^ Getting started with GNU FM development, Foo Corp.

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