If you’re a fan of independent music, an application is now available for Android devices that you may want to check out. The application is free and is called Earbits. The application allows independent musicians and labels to pay to promote their work to fans using the application.
Earbits started as a web service almost 2 years ago and is just now releasing its Android application. The people behind the service said that they had to get the app just right because it’s not your typical launch the app and listen without interacting sort of app. The Android application was developed under a partnership with SproutBox.
SproutBox is company that invests time and support rather than money into start up in exchange for equity in the company. EarBits CEO Joey Florez says that the Android application supports much of the same functionality as the website, but the app does get some cool new features. One of those new features of the app is that it can analyze music party on your phone and recommend channels on Earbits that you might enjoy.
The app also allows the user to mix their own music in with tracks played from its channel. Another function of the app is called the Boom Button allowing users to join the mailing list of the musician or band they discover on the app and recommend the musician to friends via social networks such as Facebook. The EarBits catalog currently has over 100,000 songs from 9300 different artists in 550 record labels.[via TechCrunch]