Not so long ago, Spotify used to publish a spreadsheet whenever they added new music to their service. Every few days, you could go to their blog, open the spreadsheet, and browse all the new releases. This was a bit cumbersome so a community of websites sprung up to help music fans discover what was new. You could enter your Last.fm username (or a band name, or genre) and the apps would read Spotify’s spreadsheets then return a custom list of What’s New, tailored to your own personal tastes. It was a fantastic way to keep up with your favourite bands, and one of the best ways to discover new music and re-discover bands you’d forgotten about.
But then Spotify stopped releasing the spreadsheets, killing off all those supporting sites and leaving music fans with no easy way to discover new music.