Earbits Signs Up 10,000th Independent Band to Streaming Music Discovery Service

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Artist Roster Up 25% Following Release of Android Application and Social Currency

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“The only thing more exciting than the rapid growth of our catalog is the quality of the artists submitting,” said Earbits CEO Joey Flores. “We have more festival headliners, Grammy winners and Platinum artists than ever."

Earbits, a leading free online radio and music marketing service, today announced it has signed up its 10,000th artist. Earbits has seen a rise in interest from high profile artists and record labels since the launch of its first streaming music app for Android on April 25th, and the release of its social currency, Groovies. Users earn Earbits’s social currency for every artist-friendly action they take on web or mobile. The company has reported that actions such as joining artists’ mailing lists have increased by as much as 261% since the release of Groovies, spurring an increase in submissions from high profile artists.

Earbits differentiates itself from other streaming services by being free for listeners, available worldwide, having no unrelated ads or commercials, and focusing solely on music discovery of primarily independent artists. By licensing content directly from artists and labels, Earbits’s web and mobile products offer features not available through most other free services, such as social sharing of specific tracks, unlimited ability to skip songs, no listening restrictions, and international availability.

10,000 Top Quality Independents – A Unique Music Discovery Experience

Earbits focuses primarily on independent and unsigned artists, making it a unique destination for music lovers looking for the next big thing and consumers that are dissatisfied with the increasing interruption of commercials on more mainstream services. In order to compete with larger services, the company maintains a strict approval process based on musicianship and production value, making the 10,000 artist benchmark a significant one. Notable artists currently available on Earbits include three-time Grammy nominee Alabama Shakes, jazz legend Ron Carter, Platinum-certified Primus, and dozens more Grammy winning and Platinum-certified artists. Since launching Groovies on February 28th, the company has increased the artists on its roster from 8,000 to 10,000, reflecting total catalog growth of 25% in just 90 days.

“The only thing more exciting than the rapid growth of our catalog in recent months is the quality of the artists submitting,” said Earbits CEO Joey Flores. “We have more festival headliners, Grammy winners and Platinum artists than ever and listeners continue to tell us that we feature incredible music that they’re just not getting anywhere else.”

To celebrate the milestone, Earbits’s 10,000th band, UK-based Bite the Buffalo, is receiving one of Earbits’s biggest Priority Airtime packages, donated by BallProject.com, a non-profit organization that provides sports balls and equipment to community leaders and children around the world.

About Earbits

Earbits is the first commercial-free, streaming music service designed exclusively for marketing music products and live events. Earbits allows labels, bands and concert promoters to buy increased exposure in targeted channels under its Priority Airtime program. The company already has 550 labels, 10,000 artists and over 350 channels on its fast-growing, online music service. Founded in January 2010 with headquarters in Venice, CA, Earbits is funded by renowned Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, former Lala CEO Geoff Ralston, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, and SproutBox. For more information, visit http://www.earbits.com.

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