Happy Birthday Musicmobs!

November 11, 2004

It’s hard to believe, but today is the first anniversary of the Musicmobs public launch. I started this project two summers ago as a way to help people find new music and have been trying to guide it’s development towards that goal ever since.

When Musicmobs initially launched it was little more than a list of each user’s top played artists and songs. After the artist page was added, the similar artists algorithm soon followed. Eventually the current site was built up piece by piece with similar users, personalized recommendations and the three band recommendations becoming more useful and popular.

The alpha version of Mobster was released in April of last year with the 1.0 coming out last month. With Mobster 1.0, our popularity greatly increased, gaining over 1000 users in two weeks.

The current state of affairs puts us right above 5000 users, with more joining all the time. With the site growing, I’ve also been looking at ways to make it scale and continue to be a valuable resource for music fans. The new iTunes Affiliate Program is a step in the right direction and along with like-minded services, will help Musicmobs not only cover it’s growing costs but add more useful music finding features.

The future of Musicmobs looks promising. My plan is to do a major re-write of the site this winter. I’ve learned a lot in the last year and would like to make Musicmobs much easier to use and much more effective for finding music. I also plan to continue work on Mobster with a Windows version high on my list of priorities.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of the users and people that have provided feedback. Musicmobs has benefited greatly from your participation. This is still a very young project and it’s future is quite exciting!

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