Saturday, February 26, 2011

iCrates Launches iPhone App – a Mobile Search Tool and Information Source for Record Collectors, Music Lovers and Crate Diggers

not something I usually post about, however, this seems like it could be very useful.  Myself, I don't even own a cell phone, but for those who do, maybe someone can try this out and give us an opinion about it.  And, yes, I guess it's true - they have an app for everything....

Record collectors and music lovers get mobile support while “digging the crates” and searching for rare vinyl, CDs or tapes on the go.

Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2011 --( The iCrates app gives instant access to the biggest music databases and marketplaces such as Discogs, eBay, Amazon and iTunes. Users find detailed information on releases, artists and labels while searching for music in record stores or on flea markets.

The built-in barcode scanner allows even faster access to search results.

iCrates shows real-time price offers for releases and evaluates the rarity and average selling price in various currencies. This way music collectors will know when they have spotted a real bargain. With iCrates users can even listen to audio samples and full tracks or watch related videos on Youtube.

In addition the app includes the iCrates Magazine, a high end online music magazine focussing on the love of vinyl and analogue music.

It provides insights into the international record digging scene, offering readers a new way to rediscover old music. Read stories, reviews and interviews as well as guides to the hottest record stores and markets on the planet.

“To us, the interest in analogue music and vinyl records is pure passion. There is a huge treasure trove of musical recordings out there that can change everything for you when you discover it for the first time.”
-- Gunnar Menzel, founder and Design Director of iCrates.

“The app is unlike anything else on the market,” says Bram van der Poel, founder and developer of iCrates. “With iCrates, record collectors get a mobile tool that not only enables them to access and browse easily through all the information they need, but let’s them compare prices from various key marketplaces on the go.”

“We only see this as the start. We are constantly developing the app concept and are really looking forward to the first feedback from music diggers and record collectors, because we’ve developed iCrates for them.”
-- Ann-Kristin Leder, founder and Marketing Manager of iCrates.

iCrates. Developed for music lovers, by music lovers.

Key Features:

Search for artists, releases, labels or catalogue numbers

Find detailed information such as sub-labels, release dates, aliases, credits and album covers

Browse through artists profiles and find video interviews, real names, groups, official artist websites and relevant links

Scan the barcodes of releases to get faster search results (only available for iPhone)

Watch music videos (YouTube)

Listen to tracks and audio samples

Buy songs on iTunes

Get the average selling price and rarity evaluation of a release in your currency (Euro, USD, GBP, Yen) plus find real-time offers on eBay and Discogs

Remember your ten recent searches

Add each search entry to your favorites for future reference and access them even when the device is offline
Share with friends on Twitter, Facebook or by email

Geotag releases and send the location to your friends on Facebook or by email

Get Insights into the international record digging scene with the iCrates Magazine. Read stories, reviews and interviews as well as guides to the hottest record stores and markets. The Magazine is also accessible when device is offline

Optimise your search results and overall app performance by easily customising your settings

Access the following databases: Discogs, eBay, Amazon, Youtube, iTunes

Formats The application includes the following formats: Vinyl, Shellac, CD, CDV, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray, Cassette, DAT, DCC, Betamax, VHS, Video 2000, Laserdisc, Minidisc, Memory Stick, Box Set and many more.

Please Note:
To use and experience the full functionality of the app you need to have an internet connection. Your favorites and the iCrates Magazine are accessible when device is offline.

Device requirements:
– iPhone and iPod touch
– Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
– 4 MB

For further information, please visit the press section:

How to digg music with iCrates (video):

Product website:

Download app:

About iCrates

The Digital Creative Director, Gunnar Menzel had the initial idea to develop an app for DJs and vinyl collectors. He further developed the concept with the support of developer and composer Bram van der Poel and Arts Manager and Marketing Professional Ann-Kristin Leder. In 2010 they founded iCrates. Being music lovers themselves, the vision was to create the ultimate search tool for record collectors, DJs and crate diggers that would not only provide relevant information on releases, artists and labels, but also allow them to listen to tracks on the spot.

Realising that record sales have increased over the past years and that a global platform was missing for todays vinyl lovers, the idea of the iCrates Online Magazine was born. In a short time more than twenty international authors and creatives came on board to give a classic music medium a fresh twist and explore the boundaries between the analogue era and the digital world.

The aim of iCrates is to nurture the love of vinyl and analogue music, and to show the world that records are still spinning.


1 comment:

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For releasing these new apps, DJ's and music lovers would be happy upon hearing this good news. This would be another favorite for music lovers. They could enjoy making music through their phones.