Bands and fans seeking a high-tech way to share songs may find a match in the new, free app Sprd the Note, which lets users casually copy tracks from one mobile device to another. It's a way to bypass mix CDs entirely, as promoters of unsigned and rising artists will be able to beam files directly between iPhones on demand.
The application allows music enthusiasts to stream DRM copy protection-free cuts from their smartphones to other devices nearby using WiFi or Bluetooth connections. Besides being archived by the program itself, retrieved music can also be paired with iTunes for easy cataloguing and playback on additional iOS devices or further distribution through email. Using built-in recording functions, the program also allows users to dynamically perform and save original tracks for sharing.
While enterprising crooks could theoretically utilize the peer-to-peer application to distribute illegal music, it’s hoped that Sprd the Note, which can bypass Internet connections, will primarily be used as a promotional tool. The software's creators want to encourage artists to share songs with concertgoers and passionate fans to further their latest obsessions. Sprd the Note also hopes to sweeten the deal by offering in-app advertisements for songs by breaking acts.
For emerging band hoping to grow their fan base, this app provides another option for conveniently and cost-effectively putting their work in fans’ hands.