DIY mobile app creator appsbar is launching a new toolkit for garage bands and other budding artists today called “Discography.” With this option, available in the “create new page” section of appsbar’s free app builder, artists can enter in their Artist ID from iTunes or set up a separate payment service to be used for selling their songs.
Included with the new toolkit are social sharing functions that allow artists to send out messages to the app’s users when a new track is available for download. The artist can also recommend older songs that are available for download, if they don’t have any new tracks to push.
The apps’ users can listen to a 30-second music sample prior to purchasing and that sample can be shared across social networks. Users can also review or comment on the track, and these reviews are available to all the other app users. There’s not much else to the app builder beyond that – it’s a very basic toolkit.
Currently, appsbar Discography is an option on iOS only, but will be available on Android soon. Appsbar, which launched in April, now offers DIY app-building services to its community of over than 30,000 users, the company says.
Appsbar Discography competes with more fully featured products, like Mobile Roadie, Kyte, and others, but the difference is, appsbar is free. That said, the old adage that you “get what you pay for” seems to apply here. Appsbar’s apps aren’t much to look at, but for starving artists, this may be all they can afford.