muspy is an album release notification service, you give it a list of your
favourite artists and it sends you a notice (by email or RSS) as soon as they
have new releases.
I wrote muspy 3 years ago to scratch a personal itch -- I was spending too much
time online checking if bands I'm into have something new; but was still missing
muspy was initially developed for Google App Engine, which was the hot new thing
back then. In retrospect, while working with App Engine was extremely
educational and a lot of fun, it wasn't a very good fit. The recent
announcement on the price increase was the last straw -- I decided to
re-write it in vanilla Django and to host it myself.
I'm also releasing the source code under GNU AGPL in the hope that it will
be beneficial for the service and for its users.
Major changes since the previous version:
Track release groups instead of releases
This was the most frequently requested feature, there were too many
duplicate releases for some artists, release groups make everything much
cleaner. This change was also the reason why the new version is almost a
Stars are off by default for new releases
muspy allows to star individual releases, starred releases show up on top of
the sorted list of releases. This feature wasn't used by many which resulted
in all releases being starred for most users. Now stars are off for new
releases, if you want to star, you have to do it manually on the website. I
migrated stars only for users with S \< min(R, 40) / 2, where S is the
number of starred releases and R is the total number of releases for all
artists you follow.
It used to take more than a week to check all artists for new releases, now
the checking cycle is much shorter. Things like importing from Last.fm or
adding a comma-separated list of artists should also be significantly
I will be blogging about muspy blog instead of on the website
itself. Feel free to subscribe to the full feed or just to the
Other than that, muspy remains pretty much the same. I migrated all the data but
I encourage you to go the old site at muspy.appspot.com and to check if
everything was migrated correctly. Please note that the old site's background
processes are not running and it will be taken down in a month or two.
Now that muspy is free and open-source, don't hesitate to
look at the code, tweak it and suggest improvements. Git and
GitHub make it too damn easy!
And if you never used muspy before, give it a try!