Nashville, TN (June 13, 2016)—A Nashville-based artist service startup is introducing Muzicard, a credit card-shaped USB flash drive with functionality similar to a CD.
Muzicard enables fans to support their favorite artists, and artists to offer physical merchandise at the merch table or as an all-in-one EPK to venues or promoters. The card acts as its own music player, via a proprietary html interface, featuring album art and more. This album widget can be customized to offer a full album, live cuts, rare tracks, best-of or whatever the artist wishes to provide to fans.
Further, the interface offers a video player, artist info, fan signup, links to social media, a sponsorship section and more, similar to the artist’s own website. Cards come with custom printing on the front and back. Drive sizes are available between 1 and 128 GB.
The album widget will work with a variety of devices, including PC, Mac, smart phones, tablets, smart TVs and vehicles that support USB media. The main functions of the widget (Audio, Video, Album Art, Shout Out) operate completely within the card itself and do not need an internet connection to function. On tablets, content may be accessed either via a lightning cable or a cloud-based iteration of the widget, by scanning the QR code on the card (this also works for smart phones).
Company founder and principal Mike Farona states, “With CDs quickly becoming obsolete, Muzicard offers an opportunity to provide fans with the next generation of music merchandise that merges the physical with the digital world of music. Muzicard offers a consumer-friendly plug-and-play music device that's not only elegant and simple to use, but easy for artists to create and update.”