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App of the Week - Bandcamp Apps

As anyone who’s ever visited the Geek Chicago office would tell you, our team is passionate about music. We’re totally devoted to our tunes, and not a day goes by that our workplace isn’t filled with somebody’s music, whether it’s wafting from a speaker or contained between two earbuds.

And as serious music fans, we’re all about finding the best way to consume music, anytime, anywhere. For that music fan who’s always looking for the next big thing, Bandcamp is the place to be.

Billing itself as a way to “discover amazing new music and directly support the artists who make it,” Bandcamp is an online platform that allows artists to sell their music directly to listeners, at whatever price they’d like. In recent years, it’s become a haven for indie music labels and their fans, who have flocked to the service for its cheap prices and an incredible roster of artists, including creators from all over the world, working in genres ranging from hip-hop to punk to traditional folk to jazz.

Even better, Bandcamp will work for the music lover or musician on the go, thanks to its suite of handy apps.

For serious indie and alternative music fans, the Bandcamp app is a must-have. Available for free on iOS and Android devices, the app allows users to instantly access their Bandcamp purchases, so that they can stream their hard-to-find favorites from anywhere. The app is also a great way to discover new music and really dive into Bandcamp’s rich community of creators; it features a messages tab that allows you to stay up to date with any updates from artists you follow, aggregates new releases into your customized feed for easy discovery, and lets you listen into the service’s much-lauded radio show, Bandcamp Weekly.

For creators looking to get the most out of the platform, Bandcamp for Artists & Labels is a powerful tool for gauging your success and monitoring your fan’s activity, whether you’re in the recording studio or hanging in the tour bus. With the app – available for free for iOS and Android – artists and mangers can message fans, keep up with their analytics, and even process and fulfill merchandise orders.

Checking out some of Bandcamp’s diverse, talented artists right now? Have any long-time faves you think our team should add to our playlists? Got any other music apps we should try? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter today to keep the conversation going!

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).