Post Your Rhythmbox Music to Libre.fm and Last.fm


librefm-logo.png Yesterday I was reading the instructions on how to enable scrobbling to Libre.fm using Rhythmbox. But before I show you how, allow me to introduce you to Libre.fm first.

What is Libre.fm?

Libre.fm in short simple words is “freedom music”. Libre meaning freedom and “.fm” being “music”. But it does not end there! Libre.fm actively supports the creation of music by independent artists and only plays music that has been licensed freely (again, by “freely” it means “freedom” / “libre” licenses).

By using libre.fm, you are guaranteed that you own your own listening data. Everything you put into Libre.fm is yours, no one else owns it, do whatever you want to your own data. Every song found on Libre.fm was made by musicians who want you to share their music!


Privacy policy? Libre.fm does not log any IP addresses. Best of all, the code behind Libre.fm is a Free/Libre Open-Source Software (FLOSS). Download the source, run it on your own server, start your own similar service – you have the freedom to do so without any fear or worry of violating anyone’s Intellectual Property rights.

Cool? Let’s begin scrobbling to Libre.fm then!

This is very simple, all you have to do is add the scrobblefree PPA to your Debian or Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux OS.

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Type:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rsalveti/scrobblefree
  3. Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
  4. Click on the Reload button
  5. Install the scrobblefree package
  6. Open Rhythmbox
  7. Go to Edit -> Plugins
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  8. Enable the scrobblefree plugin
  9. Click the “User” box (see screenshot below) and type your username and press the Enter/Return key
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  10. A window will pop-up asking you for your password
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You’re done!

Now everytime you play a new song in Rhythmbox, it will send your playing music to Libre.fm. You can check out my profile here: alpha.libre.fm/user/laibcoms.

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For more info, visit the official instruction page.

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