UPDATE: This is now complete. Thanks for your patience.
We’ll be performing essential maintenance on our backend systems for around 9 hours on the weekend of the 19th-20th of September. The Last.fm website will be available while this is happening, but users will be logged out and the radio will be unavailable. This won’t result in any visible changes, but will help improve the performance of the site.
Most users won’t notice any problems with scrobbling, although some users may not be able to scrobble until the downtime is over. In any case, your client will save everything so scrobbles won’t be lost.
This downtime will also affect the Last.fm desktop and mobile clients as well as third-party applications using our API.
We rarely need to perform maintenance which affects our users; most of our infrastructure is designed so all maintenance can be performed with no effect on the site itself. However, one part we can’t touch without affecting the site is our global database, and this is due for a software upgrade. We’re planning to start this on Saturday morning (our quietest day), London time.