Bandcamp isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but it does offer something slightly different for a music streaming app. When you make purchases through Bandcamp from a wide selection of artists, you receive unlimited streaming access to your purchases on your phone.
Search and discover
Carry your music with you and listen to one album at a time.
The appeal of Bandcamp is that you can seek out and find music in different ways. You can search genres, record labels, friend recommendations, countries, or tags. You can also use a band or artist you like as a search parameter; this way, you’ll find other artists that might suit your tastes. This feature makes Bandcamp a good way to discover music.
The app is easy to use, with simple menus and controls. Its purpose is to provide a portable means of listening to your Bandcamp music. While this is straightforward in principle, the app is limited in certain areas. For example, you can’t download songs, and there isn’t a choice of how your collection is sorted, meaning navigation won't be quite as you would expect.
There are some issues when using the app, which takes away from the overall experience. Whenever your phone locks, it cuts the music from playing, when you activate the screen it restarts, which isn’t particularly practical for a portable music player. There isn’t an option to cast the playback to another device either, which would improve the experience for music lovers who rely on other speakers.
Where can you run this program?
Bandcamp requires Android 4.0 or later.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes. If you are looking for an uninterrupted music streaming service, try Spotify or Deezer.
Fans of Bandcamp (or of the bands that use the platform) will appreciate having a portable version of their collection. It’s a great concept but, considering its flaws, the app is a hit-and-miss portable platform.
Should you download it?
Yes. For those who want undiscovered artists and less mainstream music in their collection, this app is for you.