iOS/Android/Chrome: It's been a while since we heard from Earbits, a streaming music service that focuses on independent music, new artists and connecting listeners with musicians they love. Now they're back with a new app and more ways to listen and build a library of awesome tunes than ever.
The new iOS app is the star of the show here, having been redesigned from top to bottom (an updated Android version is coming soon, I'm told.) Now, as soon as you sign up, you can choose your "discovery level," which customises the mix of new and recommended tracks from the Earbits curators versus the music you save to your profile that appears in your stream while you listen.
That way you're always rewarded with something new you've never heard before, but if you use the app a lot and save artists and songs to your profile — something else new in the latest version — you still get to hear mostly music you know you'll love.
You can opt to listen to specific genres and categories instead (and trust me, there are tons and they go from the broad to the super-niche, which is great) and just explore what the service has to offer that way. As you listen to those tracks, you can thumb them up to save them as favourites to your profile, share tracks you like on Facebook or connect with the musician by signing up for their mailing list to earn "groovies." (This is the service's built-in currency that lets you play songs you've saved, whenever you like, bypassing the service's recommendation and radio features.) You don't need an account to listen, but you will need one to save favourites, earn groovies and customise your profile.
In a lot of ways, the old features are still there in the new app and webapp, but there are even more ways to save and listen to the music you find and enjoy than there were before, so you don't have to treat Earbits like it's just another internet radio service anymore. You can go back to previous tracks, skip over ones you don't like to hear a new one, and so on. If you're interested, you can check it all out at the link below.