I don’t know about you, but I haven’t listened to the radio in, uh, years. You know, the one on the dial, the receiver, the eff-emm. It’s been many a long year since the record labels have produced anything I’ve wanted to hear.
That all went away sometime about the when we cut the Cable TV cord.
So where and how does one find music of the non-canned Clear Channel variety? I utilize Rhapsody some, have been playing with YouTube, hate spottify, got irritated with iTunes… and found Bandcamp.
Bandcamp works well for me.
It appears from the buyer’s point-of-view that the musicians actually receive a major portion of the money you pay for the album downloaded from Bandcamp, which is the dealbreaker for me.
It’s searchable. You can download the electronic album or buy a physical copy (provided one is available from the artist). You can listen to the entire album right there on the spot, for free, for as long as the artist makes it available.
And if you really like what you hear, you can opt to pay more for the album than the artist is asking for! That’s important.
Probably the coolest feature is that the musicians who utilize Bandcamp recommend their favorites. So, if you like listening to Musician ABC, they in turn, recommend Musician XYZ.
There isn’t an app for on-the-go Bandcamp Explorations, but the “listen now” feature actually works on the g-damn iphone–I’m impressed that they worked that out, as the iStuff often does not play well with others.
Plus, you can embedd and share the links to the albums/singles via FB, Twitter, email, etc and so forth, declaring to all the world wide that you are currently listening to and enjoying music from: