As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website.
Something we’ve wanted for years—for people who visit Last.fm to be able to play any track for free—is now possible. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, we’ve made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way we believe it should be.
Interestingly you can play each track 3 times, then you get an alert about their forthcoming ‘subscription service’. But I think that sounds pretty fair. If I want to listen to something on-demand, more than 3 times, I think it’s about time I started to make some commitment to it.
The more you play stuff the more the artist gets paid. That sounds pretty fair to me too.
Nice one chaps. Good luck with it.