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Baboom, a “fairer” alternative to Apple Music and Spotify

Baboom, a music streaming service relaunched today.

Baboom tries to be different from Spotify and Apple Music by paying artists more. Thanks to the initiative Fair trade streaming, Baboom offers musicians 90 percent of the revenues generated by their content.

Baboom has a free subscription that enables ad-supported unlimited listening and a collection of up to 100 songs on mobile phones and tablets. The $10 a month ad-free premium subscription has unlimited collections, streaming across multiple devices and exclusive “experiences”.

The app, available for free for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets, has a very simple and attractive interface.

After you register with the Facebook, Twitter or an email account you will be presented with a main screen. On the middle, you will find a photo of what it seems to be the universe, with a bottom section divided into songs, albums, artists, and playlists.

Baboom is not like its rivals, as you need to create a collection on a desktop browser to access it on your mobile device.

Baboom’s website displays a search tool and a Discover section to listen to new artists. The first thing I did while use by Baboom on the web was download the free song Departure, by Cherry Luna.

I didn’t have to give my credit card details to get the track. That reminded me of the good old days when Google Play Music used to give away stuff without asking for a payment method.

If you want to help the artists that are giving away their creations for free you can set a price and pay for the free track.

On the right side of the screen, you will notice a “free collection limit”. Mine says “50 songs” because of my free tier subscription.

All the tracks I got at no cost appeared on my collection and automatically were displayed on my iPhone. I liked Baboom’s interface; you can create a playlist and see the details of the artist with one touch.

If you want to listen to mainstream bands like Linkin Park or Coldplay, Baboom is not (yet) for you. The streaming alternative only promotes “underground” artists (something that can be considered to be an interesting quality).

I didn’t like the two-step ordeal that takes listening to music on a mobile device. I like opening the mobile app, write the name of my favorite artists and let the music take me away.

You can download the free app for Android 4.0.3 and iOS 7.1 and try Baboom for yourself. Just make sure you leave your impressions bellow 😉

Do you think of Baboom as an Apple Music/Spotify real contender?