We first told you about Album Releases for Windows Phone 8 back in May It is an app that uses your Xbox Music Library to keep you updated on the latest releases from all of your favorite bands. Now, Album Releases has gone universal, making it available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
After picking and choosing which bands to have it follow, you can configure it to notify you via Banner or Lockscreen notifications, or just let the Live Tile tell you.
Once alerted to the fact that one of the bands you follow has a new album, single, or EP, you can then use Album Releases to open up a link to it in Xbox Music or Amazon. Another helpful feature is that "new" doesn't necessarily have to mean brand new. If you install the app today, but a band you like has a release that came out in the past few months, you will see that in the list as well.
Although you can tailor Album Releases to your own tastes, you can also call up a general list of new releases, just to see what's out there.
Album Releases is free, supported by ads. The developer is in our forums, so feel free to say hi or ask questions.