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over 1000 freshspotify alert users!

i’m really pleased to announce that just under a week ago freshspotify had its 1000th registered user sign-up for artist alerts. this is an exciting milestone to pass in just under six months since the launch of the site.

i want the future of freshspotify to be driven by the community and as a first step towards this i’ve created a short survey to get your input on new feature plans and your general comments. i’d very much appreciate your opinions, thoughts and ideas: freshspotify user survey.

thanks for being a part of the freshspotify community!

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spotify library update

spotify have added another 2,200 releases to their library today. although this is a fairly small update by spotify’s recent standards 50% of freshspotify‘s users had music in this update by their favourite artists and received artist alert emails!

you can browse the update on freshspotify, and as always spotinews has some great picks from the update.

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new feature: atom feeds

i’ve added a new feature and a few performance and usability improvements to freshspotify today.

freshspotify now provides atom feeds for each artist listing their latest additions to the spotify library. you can subscribe to these feeds in your favourite rss feed reader (such as google reader or NetNewsWire). the artist feeds do not require you to sign-in and so are a good alternative to email artist alerts for people who prefer not to create an account on freshspotify. you can subscribe to artist feeds using the ‘RSS’ button in your browser when on an artist page, such as this page for Franz Ferdinand, or using the ‘subscribe to new releases…’ link at the bottom of artist pages. i’ve also added an atom feed listing the latest spotify library updates which you can find via your browser’s ‘RSS’ button on the homepage or /music/.

another small but hopefully useful addition are some additional links on artist pages to allow you to add an artist alert for that artist and to search within the spotify client for all releases by them. performance has been improved on various pages with more improvements coming soon.

it’s been a great first week for freshspotify with a 13,000 release update from spotify loaded, users starting to sign-up, new features and a nice write-up by Afront. i’m looking forward to adding some new features and welcoming more new users in week two. 🙂

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freshspotify!

hello

freshspotify is a new site designed to help you keep tabs on the latest music made available on the wonderful spotify music service. spotify allows you to listen for free, legally, to a massive selection of music from all the major music labels and thousands of indie labels and the busy people at spotify are constantly updating their music library with thousands of new and back-catalogue releases.

i really wanted a way to keep on top of the music spotify is adding, particularly music by the artists i love, and that led me to build freshspotify. freshspotify provides you with “artist alert” emails, which let you know when spotify have added tracks by your favourite bands. you tell freshspotify your favourite bands through the alerts section of the site – you can add artists one at a time, or you can import your top artists from last.fm to get going really quickly.

just today spotify added over 3000 new tracks including some great franz ferdinand singles and elliot smith albums. as i had my artist alerts all setup, i received an artist alert email with some great new music to listen to.

freshspotify artist alerts

the site is a little rough around the edges right now, so please bear with me and let me know if you come across bugs.  lots of new features are in development including artist-based RSS feeds and search. this blog and @freshspotify on twitter will be the first place to hear about new additions.

i hope you have fun using freshspotify and discover some great new, and old, music!

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