Every Bandcamp site is now an awesome mobile site

mobile artist sites on bandcamp

All artist sites on Bandcamp now work and look great on mobile. We’ve optimized everything for the smaller screen and touch interface, so your albums look fantastic, fans can browse through your merch store with ease, and the checkout flow is fast and intuitive:

mobile artist site merch, part 1

mobile artist site merch, part 2

Does this mean you expect my fans to launch their mobile browser and peck out dubya-dubya-dubya myband dot bandcamp dot com? No. But for all those fans checking their Facebook or Twitter feed on their phone, and who then see a link to your latest release, they’ll be able to listen and purchase immediately:

mobile artist site from tweet

Is there anything I need to do to get all this goodness? No, all of this is working now, you don’t need to do anything. However, if you’d like a mobile-specific header image (like the ones you see in the screenshots above), you can upload one from your profile page.

mobile artist site custom header

Am I excited about this? We flipped on the mobile-optimized view a few days ago and sales from mobile devices immediately doubled. So if you’re just streaming on Bandcamp and linking to a non-mobile-optimized site for your sales, no, you’re not excited at all. But if you’re selling digital on Bandcamp, yes, you are fired up. And if your merch is also on Bandcamp, you are excited++.

64 Comments

  1. Peter Crighton
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this looks awesome! Fantastic work, thank you so very much, Bandcamp!

  2. testjetjaguar
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic, I’ve been hanging out for this. Now I just need to fix up my own site. ;)

  3. Posted August 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Yea its great, not to bash other sites similiar to bandcamp. but bandcamp is so clean and smooth, and the customization and no ads, i have no problem letting them get a cut in my music just to continue to support their great experience.

  4. Posted August 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    As always with you this is awesome, I just wanted to ask you, is audio compressed on the mobile version? I tried the mobile version some minutes ago and it sounded a little bit compressed, but I wanted to know if it was a problem I had or is designed that way, cheers!

  5. Posted August 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Albert. It’s the same audio stream as on the desktop version.

  6. Posted August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    looks great!! thanks!

  7. Posted August 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I love you all @bandcamp

  8. Posted August 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again BandCamp for an awesome platform for our music. It just keeps getting better!I noticed that a different track than #1 on the CD is set to be the sample for listening. Do you guys pick which track gets played and shown first?

  9. Posted August 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Nope, you pick it Allan. Just edit your album, and click the green star next to the track you want to feature. It’ll be cued up default on your album pages, in embedded players, and it’s also what will play on Discover.

  10. Posted August 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Thx Bandcamp

    Makes my music and other artists work so much more accessible.

  11. Posted August 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Good work dudes! It’d be great if you could somehow get the audio to stream even when the screen is locked or you’re in another window. I guess the work-around there is that people should just download the songs!

  12. Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Great ! I had some negative feedback from fans trying to stream songs to their mobile… I guess those times are over now.

    Oh, and by the way:

    I don’t own a smartphone, and don’t intend to in the future.

    Is there a way I can check how my bandcamp site looks on one from my home computer ?

  13. Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much! We’ve been begging for this and you guys came through. I know we should take it one thing at a time however I’m still requesting that you add share links for Google Plus for those of us that prefer that platform. Rock on!

  14. Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    Mobile version looks great! However, there is probably HTML5 audio player used to allow playback on iPhone/iPad unlike Flash-based player for embeding on websites. When would be this code available to embed too? We would like to use it on regular band’s website as it is being designed/optimized also for mobile devices.
    Thanks.

  15. redm
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Hell fuckn yeah!

  16. Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Beautiful as always!

  17. Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Hello peeps. Amazing news and as usual shits on the other service provider I use both aesthetically and functionally. Why I still pay to use them I don’t know. Must be the email management or something.

    Anyway, does this mean album purchase on mobile delivers something other than ZIP files? I am curious.

  18. Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I met the bandcamp CEO’s a few years back at a conference from Oakland Digital Arts center. Real cool down to earth guys I have been using bandcamp ever since. While promoting my new album I was just thinking about a feature like this and here it is!!! Wow thank you guys…

    Malki Means King

  19. Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Great Job!
    Really Love it!
    Looks beautiful!!
    Thanks so Much @Bandcamp :)

  20. dccardwellmusic
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    That is brilliant! Only a few days ago I was thinking it would be cool if you guys would do this so I was really excited to get your email. It looks great too. As with everything Bandcamp, it’s done right! It’s effective and covers all the bases, looks good – no mess, just the right things in the right places!

    The proportion of internet usage that’s mobile-based is increasing rapidly so this has come at a perfect time to help us get our music out to those people who hardly ever look at a computer screen!

    Cheers – DC

  21. Posted August 21, 2012 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Great stuff! But the band/about photo looks terrible on the mobile version.

  22. Posted August 21, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    This is fantastic, thanks!

    Just wondering, is it possible to disable the postcode/zipcode field for free downloads on the mobile site (or at all)? This could be a great way to get people to sign up for downloads at gigs etc, but I think on a mobile having the dropdown + extra text field to fill in might put people off – it’s only a tiny extra step but when you’re out & about having fun, there’s only a certain amount of fiddly form filling you’re gonna put up with!

  23. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    This looks great !!

  24. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    The best love this site

  25. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    ONE TIME @ BANDCAMP – AWSOME IDEAS – GOOD WORK ;-)

  26. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    This all looks amazing! But, now when I’m listening on my iphone, the audio cuts out when I turn off the screen, which it never did before. Is there some reason it can’t play with the screen locked?

  27. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks Dan, we’ll take a look.

  28. Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    How can I get the front page of my mobile site to show all the albums made instead of just the first?

  29. Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    This is actually pretty cool. Nice one.

  30. Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    WOW… Thanks for upgrading the look/feel for mobile! Fantastic job.

  31. corporatedemon
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! Nice work.

  32. Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    The new look is great and was wondering if you guys are going to change the player on site to look like the player on the moble.

  33. Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    It looka gorgeously awesome!! Thanks :)

  34. Posted August 21, 2012 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    How does it look on a tiny Blackberry screen?

  35. Posted August 21, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Bandcamp,

    I’m just finishing up my first album and very excited to get my website and Bandcamp talking. With feature, I’m even more excited.

    Thanks,
    Shaun

  36. Posted August 21, 2012 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp, if you were a woman, I’d marry you:). Thank you for being awesome!

  37. Trey Colon
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Very nice indeed. Thank you bandcamp!

  38. therealriker
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Hi guys,

    The page looks beautiful, but I have a bug report of sorts for you –

    the old version of the mobile-enabled streaming page would continue to play tracks in the background or with the screen off on iOS devices, but with this new version, it seems that the stream stops as soon as the page loses focus, either when a user switches to another app or when the backlight times out.

    I don’t know if this is something you can handle from your end or not, but it might need to be looked into.

  39. kcollosso
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this, Bandcamp! Could you please tell us what the recommended dimensions are for creating a custom mobile header image?

  40. Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Sure, it’s over on your profile page, and it’s 640 pixels wide, 40-124 pixels tall, and should be a .jpg, .gif or .png.

  41. ydrecords
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Excellent feature as always. One thing I noticed – in the full browser version you can set up a bandcamp URL as an index page that includes albums from other artists. On the mobile version, the albums from other artists are not listed anywhere. Would be nice to have this “label catalog” type of functionality available for mobile in some fashion.

  42. Posted August 21, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Agreed, we’ll have index pages working from mobile soon.

  43. Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Happy to see that the messages I’ve sent over to you guys a long time ago were eventually followed through …

  44. yourworldvsmine
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Wonderful!!! Awesome layout!!! Just what we needed. Thanks to all at Bandcamp!!! It’s Beautiful!!!

  45. Justin Robert
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Band Camp is on a roll, all the updates have been great. One thing I would love to see is an option to post release date and genres next to release title on releases page.

  46. Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Great new enhancements. However, I have individual artwork for each of the songs on my latest release. Is there a setting that allows the artwork to change with each song streamed? (Mobile Version.)

  47. glenesis
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I know I’m excited. This is a development that this indie record label has been waiting for, for a long time! Congrats, and a hearty and heady Woo hoo!

  48. Shalone Cason
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Super friggin awesome! Keep up the best work known on the entire internet!!

  49. Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Woohoo!

  50. Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Really really a good work! Look amazing and easy to use.
    Keep up the word: “Indie or Die”… you, guys are indie!

  51. Posted August 22, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Awesome work!

    Always improving this great service with awesome features.

    Thanks for all this, Bandcamp’s team.

  52. Posted August 26, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Happy dayz. Only e-mailed you about this a month ago and WHOOP there it is! Thanks x

  53. Posted August 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Can’t thank ya’ll enough for doing this. Ya’ll are revolutionizing the way for Independent Artists.
    Thank you Bandcamp.

  54. Posted September 4, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    You guys have never disappointed. Everything looks beautiful!! My latest project is primarily free. Wish I had more money coming in so you could get a bigger cut! You and your service deserve it. Thank you for all that you do!

    Christopher

  55. reubenbutchart
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    This is AWESOME!!! Everyone on the streets of NYC is staring down into their smartphone. Now they can get the new tunes. Some friends don’t even have computers, so…
    Is there anyway to customize/change the formatting – like background? Thanks for all the enhancements.

  56. Posted October 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Really love the site and all the improvements you keep on making… I love that it’s no bullcrap, straight forward, no need to log in to download, all that… really a stellar job and a really great tool for independent bands/musicians/promoters/etc… I recommend it to all the bands I work with…

  57. Posted November 11, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    you guys have the best site and it is by far the easiest and most logical to use in terms of uploading and editing your tracks. thanks

  58. Posted November 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always been a firm believer that the Bandcamp platform is THE platform for independent musicians. The bandcamp mobile site upgrade just made the best platform even BETTER.

  59. Posted November 28, 2012 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Really love the site and all the improvements. Look amazing and easy to use. Very nice indeed. Thank you bandcamp! Fantastic job!

  60. Posted December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    This is awesome news!

    BUT… what is needed now is an embeddable HTML5 player like is provided by Soundcloud.

  61. Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Looks great. Bandcamp really does make me excited to start releasing some songs. Professional look without the professional cost. Keep it up!

  62. Neal
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Paul,
    Our embedded player is now HTML5-based on browsers that support HTML5 with the MP3 audio mime type. The shareable player widget is all HTML for the user interface, and the underlying audio code will fall back to a minimal (and invisible) flash nugget for browsers which don’t natively support HTML5+MP3.

    Your next suggestion will probably be to add additional streaming formats like OGG for browsers which don’t support MP3 natively, so I’ll just say we would eventually like to do that as well, but we don’t have an ETA on that.

  63. Posted December 24, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    This is great news. Mobile optimization will definitely help all us artists.

  64. Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ethan,
    Thanks for all of you work at Bandcamp and for doing what you do. The platform is great, I’ve been using it for years and it has certainly become a significant part of the creative process.
    Thanks,
    Andrew

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