Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Features on setlist.fm!

Good news, everyone (stolen)! After weeks of hard work we not only changed the server infrastructure but also introduced some new features:

1. Venues
That's by far the biggest change. There was a notable amount of setlists with weird venues. Weird as they were duplicate, lacked of city or country or just contained question marks.
From now on, each venue must be assigned to a city. The user interface changed slightly for this one, but should be as easy as it was before.
It'll take some time though until all previously 'dirty' cities are assigned to a city.
This way we can come up with some new statistics in the future based on club, stadium, city, region or country.

There are now dedicated venue pages listing all setlists of the venue and venues in the same city. E.g. check out
For those interested: we get the cities from the huge geonames.org database and enhance them with cities and towns that are entered manually.

2. A list of covers on artist pages
Previously it was hard to find out who covered who. Now it's easy - get on any artistpage and you'll find a box showing which bands/artists got covered by this artist and which bands/artist sang covers of this artist. E.g.
3. Improved search
That's somehow connected with the venues - it's now possible to search for setlists by venue names, cities and countries using the advanced search. Generally all cities and countries are displayed in English, yet it's also possible to search by their name in some foreign languages.
E.g.
for some artists and cities, nicknames are also taken into consideration, so e.g. the funny query
As a usability improvement, there's also a box for artist results that lead you right to the artist pages, e.g. this query:
4. A hidden gem for you loyal blog readers
There's a hidden feature which is currently in beta - so we'd like to get your feedback first before we present it to the broad mass. In response to this suggestion on uservoice, there are now Average setlists for each artist that tell you what songs were played the most on which position. Check out how to see the average setlists and tell us what you think in the post on uservoice.

Hope you all like the new stuff - if you do or if you don't, tell us. Either in a comment to this blogpost, mail us, send us a tweet or direct message, add us as your friend on last.fm, become a fan on facebook or do all at once ;-)

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