Last.fm has released a new 3.0 upgrade for its iOS app that includes all sorts of new features, including the ability to create your own profile page based on your unique musical tastes, a local events section for concerts and shows near you, and improved search capabilities and functions.
The profile page works like that of a social networking site, but with a musical twist. Not only can you show your friends and potential acquaintances your choice in music via a list of the songs you’ve listened to, but you can also see the tunes that your friends are pumping through their headphones as well. You can also access a Top Weekly Artist Chart to find out who’s hot and who’s not, and take advantage of a new Friends Radio function that creates mixes of the music that your friends have been listening to on their Last.fm accounts.
The app has also added a local events section that can recommend shows and concerts in your area, with access to maps of the venues. And the search function also has some new abilities, including the addition of artist biographies with all sorts of interesting and obscure bits of trivia, and the ability to move through and view similar artists during your search.
Last.fm is available on the App Store for free, but if you want to stream music to the app, you’ll have to pony up $3 a month, thanks to recent changes enacted by the service.