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Itch.io; the free open-source music player for independent music distribution

ByTina R. Wimmer

Mar 29, 2022

Following the announcement of Bandcamp’s purchase by Epic Games, indie game platform itch.io is also expanding to help indie music distribution.

A developer working on itch.io, named Tornado, announced that he had spontaneously created a free and open-source music player called Scritch, with a built-in web editor to allow creators to upload, customize and distribute their work.

The inspiration for this came from the news that Epic Games bought Bandcamp, but it seems to provide more functionality than Bandcamp currently does, from what we can see.

Epic Games, which also owns Fortnite and Unreal Engine, recently announced the takeover in a blog post, stating that “Bandcamp will play an important role in Epic’s vision to create a creator marketplace ecosystem for content, technology, games, art, music and more”.

Scritch seems to be the answer if you’re looking for an alternative to Bandcamp. On the website, “The Scritch Editor is a tool designed to streamline this process, seen above. You can drag and drop an entire album of audio files and the editor will automatically configure everything for you to upload and download directly on itch or anywhere else.

The statement continues: “The editor also lets you customize the appearance of the player and preview changes immediately.”

Image: Scritch/itch.io

So, if you’re kickstarting your music career and looking for a simple and accessible alternative for music hosting and distribution, itch.io might be your answer.

Check out the demo provided on itch.io, which features music from their own indie game, Heck Deck.