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Recently Played Tracks - Generated HTML

Earlier today, I posted about a Last.fm recently played tracks image generator, but I expressed an interest in an HTML-generating method of showing these tracks. Well, I found one.

I’ll outline the steps that I took to make this work, because that wiki is not so helpful.

  1. Go to Feed Digest. This is a website that takes an RSS feed and parses it how you want into HTML. The service also offers a mix of multiple feeds, but we don’t need that for Last.fm.

  2. Create a digest from your Last.fm feed. The format is http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/1.0/user//recenttracks.rss, where is replaced by your Last.fm user name.

  3. Edit the template of your feed. I used

<li class="music">
<span><a href="%URL%" >%TITLE%</a></span>

for the per-item template and

<p><a href="http://last.fm/user/Tupton">Recently Played Tracks</a></p>

for the header template. This makes a list out of your tracks, allowing for better CSS styling.

  1. Get the code for your feed. After creating the feed, you can get a Javascript implementation of your feed to include in your site. All the code you need is offered on the site.

  2. Put the HTML in your web page. I enclosed the Javascript include in a div, for greater editing ease.

  3. Style, baby! Here is the CSS I used to make this work:

#lastfm {
padding: 3px;
margin-top: 5px;
border: #ddd solid 1px;
background-color: #f8f8f8;
font-size: 1em;
 #lastfm a:hover {
color: #fff;
background-color: #39c;
 #lastfm p {
font-size: 12px;
font-weight: bold;
 #lastfm ul {
margin-left: -40px;
 #lastfm li.music {
font-size: 10px;
line-height: 2em;
padding: 2px;
margin-bottom: 3px;
background-color: #fff;
border-top: 1px #ddd solid;
border-bottom: 1px #ddd solid;
 #lastfm li.music:hover {
background-color: #39c;
 #lastfm li.music:hover a {
color: #fff;
 #lastfm li.music a {
display: block;

The image I used for the list bullet was an edited image from the BBC. Feel free to use it, but just save it on your own server so you aren’t hot-linking to my images, please. Also, a Google search for speaker.gif yields some nice results. You can see the image I used is the third one there.

You can see the final result of what I did on my main page. Enjoy!