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bandcamp app, iOS and Android

Woo hoo! The Bandcamp app for iOS and Android has arrived. This first version gives anyone with a fan account instant, unlimited mobile access to their Bandcamp music collection. No more download-and-sync two-step to get tunes onto the iPhone, and no more advanced fiddling on Android. Just make a purchase, and it immediately appears in the app. And when an album pre-order is released? Ta-da, it just shows up, ready to be enjoyed. All of this sits side-by-side with Bandcamp’s existing high-quality download functionality, providing fans with additional incentive to make a purchase:

Bandcamp unlimited streaming in app

Is the Bandcamp app free?
Yes.

Should I bother installing it?
That depends. If you’re among the millions of people who have bought music from an artist on Bandcamp, then yes (but go claim your fan account first). If, however, you have never purchased one of the 1.1 million albums or 8.4 million tracks from any of the hundreds of thousands of artists on the site, then no — the app is not yet about browsing that catalog (but you could of course go buy something on Bandcamp, get your fan account, and then install the app).

Where do I get it again?
It’s in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

What about free music I’ve downloaded?
Bandcamp’s #1 objective is to help artists succeed, and we mean that in the old-fashioned make-money-get-money sense. The vast majority of music offered on the site is for sale, and of the music that’s offered for free, almost all of it has the “let fans pay if they want” option enabled. The app is about giving fans yet another reason to do so.

What else does it do, and what’s next?
The app also lets you listen to the Bandcamp Weekly (currently on iOS, coming shortly to Android), and will soon incorporate more discovery features, starting with the new music feed.

Bandcamp app demo

8 Comments

  1. Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    How about something for us windows Phone 8 users?

  2. patrykt
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    Scrobbling to last.fm would be a great feature! :) I’m sure that milions of people think the same :)

  3. babelgrim
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Nice handy lil app – Suspect may expand into awesomosity ;)

  4. Posted October 28, 2013 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Downloaded the new app last night after playing around on Google Play, and I must say I absolutely love it!! Thank you so much for putting it out!

  5. Posted October 28, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    This is awesome news, and as soon as I heard about it I downloaded it to both my tablet and my smartphone. I’m really looking forward using the app. I hope Last.fm scrobbling is in the plans for future improvements. =)

    Thank you very much for your hard work, and congratulations to everyone who worked on the new app!

  6. Posted October 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Are u going to have the wireless ability to play through stereo systems like I tunes?

  7. Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tim, on iOS7 you should be able to access AirPlay from Control Center and use that to play tracks through your stereo. We’ve got a few tweaks we’re making to support AirPlay fully, but you can give it a shot now.

  8. Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp I love you!

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