New MetaBrainz site, new look and Live Data Feed access tokens

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll be aware that we’ve been working on a complete overhaul of our branding and the look and feel of our web sites. While we still have a few minor adjustments to make here and there, we are happy to present you with our newly re-designed MetaBrainz Foundation web site.

MetaBrainz

New features of this site include our new site design, new logos, showcasing our projects and our customers, and HTTPS support. But the most important feature of this new site include online sign-up for commercial use of our data and access token generation for our Live Data Feed.

Two months ago we announced that as of today our Live Data Feed would require an access token in order to download the replication packets. These access tokens are available for free for private use and available on a sliding support scale for commercial use. Starting right now, you may go to the new Sign Up page and associate a new MetaBrainz account with your existing (or new) MusicBrainz account. Once you complete the sign-up process, you will be able to generate an access token to use with our Live Data Feed. We will post details on what to do with this access token after the schema change release takes place later today.

We’ve needed this new site for years and years, but have always been too busy focusing on our flagship project MusicBrainz. But, with help from Roman Tsukanov (aka Gentlecat) and MonkeyDo, we have finally released a web site that both brings us into modern times and streamlines the process for commercial users to start using our data.

If you are curious about what logos we chose for our other projects, see the animation on the MetaBrainz home page. Soon we will roll out the new site design onto CritiqueBrainz, BookBrainz, Cover Art Archive and our Picard site. However, since MusicBrainz is not built on the Bootstrap toolkit it will take us a while to roll the design out onto that site.

Thank you to Gentlecat, Nicolas at MonkeyDo, and everyone who gave feedback on the many logo and site designs that have been floated here for the past few weeks.

7 thoughts on “New MetaBrainz site, new look and Live Data Feed access tokens

  1. InvisibleMan78

    Access token generated: OK
    Consideres as private: OK
    Waiting for details on what to do with this access token…

  2. dr88dr88

    New site design look really good. Only disappointing that we need to way longer for MusicBrainz website. Will the MusicBrainz website also be converted to Bootstrap toolkit ?

  3. DJ Kellogg

    I too like the new design. I’ve been waiting quite some time for a new site, but hey, it looks like your other project is going well. Logo looks good too.

  4. weskoop

    I love the new design, RIP the old one I did in September of 2000, It was my longest running design 🙂

  5. ruaok Post author

    Wes! Hi!

    I’ve thought about you many times over the years and most recently when we retired the last bits of old design. I had no idea that the design would last so long and this project would have so much impact over the years.

    Thanks again!

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