The essential app for real music connoisseurs? it’s called Bandcamp
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – One of the best things about smartphones (in my opinion at least) is the ability to listen to music anywhere, anywhere.
While Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and Amazon Music are the most popular streaming services, they don’t pay artists much to play their music.
A fraction of a penny goes to the artist when someone plays their song.
It can be quite a bit of money for huge artists like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Justin Bieber, but small independent artists can’t survive on continuous payments.
True music fans who want to support their favorite artists turn to another streaming app called Bandcamp.
Bandcamp supports artists and labels by sharing revenue from sales of digital music, vinyl, t-shirts, or any other product listed on a band’s website.
By opening the Bandcamp app or website, the user will see new and featured music and albums from mostly independent artists and bands.
You can also browse the huge library of music by genre or sub-genre. For example, when I tapped on the genre “hip hop”, I could reduce it more to “instrumental”, “rap”, “beat-tape” and “underground hip-hop”. While browsing the country category, I saw “bluegrass”, “alt-country”, “western”, “outlaw” and “honky-tonk”.
There are artists that I had never heard of that I certainly wouldn’t see appearing while browsing other popular streaming services. When you find an artist you like, you can follow their music and get notified whenever the band releases something new. You’ll also see recommendations, and you can follow other fans to see what else they’re listening to.
The Bandcamp homepage says listeners paid artists more than $ 858 million directly this year.
That’s huge for these independent artists, bands and labels, as many haven’t been able to perform live for over a year. Not only has the pandemic interrupted live performances, but it has also prevented performers from selling merchandise at those shows that pay the bills.
As a vinyl record collector, I especially like Bandcamp as it provides a direct link to the artist so that I can buy new releases from them rather than Amazon or other big box stores.
Direct artist purchases put more money in artists’ pockets. I like this. Bandcamp has been a popular app among collectors for several years and is finally being discovered by other music fans.
I compare this to the days when you walked down a street full of music clubs and stepped in to hear a band you’ve never heard before and probably wouldn’t have heard if you weren’t in the right place in the right place. time.
If you’re a huge music fan and tired of hearing the same old favorites on your choice of music streaming app, you’ll be glad you heard of Bandcamp.
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