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June 04, 2012

ASCAP Mobile App Gets Facelift, Adds Support for Android Devices

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has just given its mobile app a huge facelift with a much more attractive interface than previous versions, as well as support for Android smartphones.

Additionally, users on an unsupported device (certain Android tablets) can still get the same experience with the redesigned Web app at m.ascap.com.

With pre-2.0 versions, a number of Member Access login issues were present and have been resolved with the upgrade to 2.0, along with a few other stability issues. Other updates include the addition of in-app Royalty Statement downloads, direct publisher contact, an improved news reader and other various UI changes.

“ASCAP’s nearly 450,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members will now be able to get more details concerning their catalog and royalties on any mobile device at any time, enhancing their experience as an ASCAP member by keeping them connected to their member information when and where they need it,” said Randy Grimmett, EVP of Membership at ASCAP.

Aside from under-the-hood changes and bug fixes, the most prominent change is that of appearance. Prior to version 2.0, what users got was essentially a loosely iOS-themed news reader with limited member area functionality. The new UI is surprisingly elegant and somewhat reminiscent of the new YahooAxisapp, considering the Web 2.0-esque fonts and overall dark design.

The way we access the Web has been gradually shifting to a more mobile approach. Likewise, high-traffic sites with large user-bases need to have that mobile edge – and not just a simple app with limited functionality, but a sleek and easy-to-navigate interface that will keep users engaged and coming back for more.

ASCAP has been around for quite a while – just short of 100 years. It’s undoubtedly become anauthority in the world of music; ascap.com is home to over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every shape and size of genre, as well as more than 435,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Edited by Braden Becker

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