Beat Magazine has introduced BeatFirst, a free Android/iOS news application for anyone interested in the latest music production releases, updates and other interesting information. Oh, and BPB is featured as one of the news sources, too!
I spend up to one hour each morning browsing different forums and online news sources in search for the latest software and soundware releases, so an app like BeatFirst is an absolute godsend for me. The app streams all of the latest news updates from various websites and puts them all at your fingertips. It’s kind of like a specialized RSS reader, but with a nicely optimized user interface and a great selection of default news sources.
The app is completely free to download and use (also ad-free, which is quite rare nowadays!) and available for Android and iOS devices. I’ve tested the Android version of BeatFirst and it worked without any issues on my phone, as well as a rather old tablet running Android 2.3. The only slightly confusing thing about the app is the fact that German is pre-configured as the default language and it’s not perfectly clear how to switch it to English.
Anyways, here’s how to do it: open the settings tab and then press the “Registrieren” button. On the pop-up screen, choose English as the language (leave everything else blank) and press “Absenden”. You’ll get an error, but you’ll also notice that English has been activated as the language once you click the back button. Of course, you can choose to register for a user account if you want, but it’s not obligatory.
The main screen shows all of the latest news from Beat.de (Beat Magazine’s official website), as well as a whole bunch of headlines from other websites. Some of the included websites are Audiofanzine, Rekkerd and also Bedroom Producers Blog! You can always add more RSS feeds from the settings tab, so it’s very easy to customize the app and make it the perfect companion for your morning coffee.
But that’s not all! The app is also connected to a range of online forums like Musiker-Board and Recording.de, as well as the Thomann online shop (a nice way to stay updated about new music equipment). Finally, the Inspire tab features a nice selection of interesting articles for musicians and music producers alike. Definitely worth a look if you’re taking a mobile device everywhere with you (btw, who doesn’t nowadays?) and need some inspiration for your next piece of music.
BeatFirst App (free to download and use, no registration required, available for Androd and iOS devices)