New Store Alert: Boomplay Music

Here at TuneCore, we’re always on the move to offer independent artists with as many outlets by which to reach fans as possible. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Boomplay Music, a streaming and download platform serving music fans in pan-Africa and African diaspora markets.

Boomplay Music – an app developed by TECNO MOBILE LIMITED – aims to deliver the best African and International music while also “building a sustainable digital music ecosystem for African artists.” With seven million users and a growth rate of over 700,000 new users per month, the platform seems to be doing just that!

As a global digital music distributor, TuneCore allows artists in all territories to take advantage of the major growth in streaming and discovery occurring all over the world and well outside their markets. Just because you aren’t touring in African countries (…yet), you can still make your releases available for music fans there to enjoy. By distributing your upcoming or existing singles, EPs, and albums to Boomplay Music, you’re able to enjoy a wider potential reach in an ever-expanding market.

With the Boomplay Music app, music lovers can do the following:

  • Download music,
  • Subscribe for unlimited music,
  • Listen to their favorite songs,
  • Watch videos on the go,
  • Curate personal playlists,
  • Follow, engage and interact with fellow users,

Ready to get started getting your music available on Boomplay Music?

If you’re a TuneCore Artist with active releases and you’d like to send those to this new platform, head over to your Store Manager and select Boomplay Music today.

If you’re distributing your music using TuneCore for the first time, you’ll now be able to select Boomplay Music as a digital outlet and expand the global reach of your new release.

Learn more about the benefits of distributing your music to Boomplay Music here. For any questions about distributing your upcoming releases, get in touch with our Artist Suppot team.

5 Low-Cost Apps to Make Any Artist’s Life Easier

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Cassie Phillips. Cassie learned over time that she could use her passion for music to help others – she writes on Culture Coverage for music lovers and artists alike to help them get the most of their experience.]

Let’s face it, life as a musician is not always so kind to the bank balance. Without even taking into consideration the pay rate, the costly expenses, equipment and tools come with hefty price tags.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way around having some of the most important tools of the trade. However, the advent of mobile phone apps means that some of a musician’s best-kept secrets are now available for a fraction of the cost. These five apps are essentials for any artist and are a relatively low-cost way to make the most out of your career. 

Guitar Tuner App

The Guitar Tuner

 Physical guitar tuners are fast becoming a thing of the past. They’re so easy to misplace and often get lost in the depth of equipment vans, and being stuck in the noisy back stage area pre-show with only your ear to rely on to tune can be a bit of a nightmare.

There are countless guitar tuner apps available for free on almost all platforms. Most of them come with pretty much identical features, so both Android and iOS users can benefit from this truly handy download.

Metronome App

The Metronome

Like all things in life, sometimes the simplest is the most important. Whether you’re warming up for a set, collaborating with a new friend or just jamming out in your bedroom, the metronome is the time-honored best friend of all musicians.

However, physical metronomes can be cumbersome and a general nuisance to carry around everywhere with you, so being able to compact it into a handy phone app can be unarguably useful.

There are plenty of metronome apps available for free; however, Tempo claims to be the most accurate in the app store. For just $2.99 you get 35 different time signatures, 9 rhythm patterns and tempo ranges from 10 to 800.


The Virtual Private Network

If you’re already worried about your money, the last thing you need is a hacker infiltrating your devices, corrupting your work or even accessing your bank account. Particularly for artists who tour regularly, and therefore rely on public WiFi, having a good Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your data and protect yourself is essential.

There are many free VPN’s available to those who don’t have the funds to buy one, but these are often faulty and provide very little customer service. Because of this, it’s advisable to make an investment now to protect your finances in the future. There are several great paid options available, for a range of prices, so it’s easy to find something that fits your budget. Check out this review by Secure Thoughts for some examples of what’s out there!

Sheet Music App

The Sheet Music

If you’re a musician who works from sheet music, chances are you’re sick of lugging around battered music books that are moments away from loosing all of their pages. This is where downloading an app like forScore can be incalculably helpful.

Available for iPad, it allows you to store all of your music in one handy place. You can annotate each page, create set lists for your shows and even play along with a demo version of the music. It really is the perfect accompaniment for all sheet musicians, and for only $9.99, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Digital Studio App

The Digital Studio

When it comes to digital studios, the benefits are undeniable. With multi-track recording options and a loop-based music creation system, they allow you to work wherever you are. However, this advantage does come with a sizeable price tag.

The forerunner in digital studio technology is by far Acid Pro. This Sony release is loved and cherished by artists everywhere, but it will set you back a rather staggering $149.95. However, for those who can’t afford those kind of prices, Reaper is a fantastic alternative that can be purchased for only $60. While this might still seem like a lot, it’s definitely worth the investment in order to have the freedom to work from wherever.

Having a few carefully selected apps in your arsenal can be a life-saver for any artist, saving space, time and money! These are just a few examples of useful downloads that you can pick up for a reasonable cost, but there is so much more out there. Be sure to leave a comment below if you know of any other apps that belong on this list!