We’re extremely excited to bring you news regarding Magnatune.com and their iPhone app that has been in development for a little while now. You can see screenshots of it at Magnatune founder John Buckman’s blog here. It’s not available quite yet, but it shouldn’t be long now. Finally, a way to stream Justin’s music on the iPhone! There’s also an android version for those of you with android-based devices.
Also, a week or so back we brought up some concerns with disk production via Lulu.com’s print-on-demand service. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to improve their services, but we’ve found two incredible alternatives. CreateSpace (an Amazon.com company) makes disks the exact same way for almost exactly the same price, but the quality is FAR superior. Forge is up there now, and more will be arriving in about a week or two. Expect Lulu.com to lose all disk printing options shortly thereafter.
However, since the quality at Lulu was about the same as you could expect from your own home printer, we’ve concocted an idea to cut out the middleman. As labels and companies struggle with proprietary solutions and half-standards, we’ve gone the simple route: build-your-own album. “Build-Your-Own” links have appeared on select discography pages (the “Music” link above) allowing you to download the same files used by CreateSpace to print their liner, tray, and booklet inserts. From there, you can, well, build your own album. Jewel cases will eventually go the way of the dinosaur, but we’re still a ways off from that. For now it’s a simple way to offer not just the music, but an entire album to everyone. Check it all out: Kingdom Crumble, Nocturnum, Blackbird, Siren, Forge, and Finality.