on 15 Sep, 2020 02:27 PM
The main problem with the last.fm database are bands or artists with the
same or similar names.
Take for instance a band called “Elephant”.
There are 9 bands with this name in Last.fm.
The similar artists list is a complete mess, all is mixed up.
In Spotify there are at least 21 bands with this name, but after
identifying the band and one of their albums, the database will separate
the similar artists for each band. Always a different list for each band if
you identify one of their albums. This is not possible with Last.fm.
Another problem (not so common) is with what Last.fm considers to be a
Take for instance a darkwave/synthwave band called “Fragrance“.
Spotify considers as similar artists other darkwave/synthwave bands, which
But because the band frontman is French and their music is somewhat
danceable, Last.fm considers as similar artists French DJs and French
techno groups. Not good.