By Nate Adcock on Thu, 09/03/2009
Seems everyone is talking about this new concert venue application, here on the blog anyway. iConcertCal is probably the easiest way I have ever found to find out about music appearances in your area. You can let it filter based on your loaded music, or you can simply go search through the available list of events. The location based services provide excellent coverage of large and small acts in your area.
Load iConcertCal from the App Store or on your device (search out iConcertCal, or use the link above). The app is a tiny 300K and costs $2.99. Make sure to reset your device after you install new software. You can do this on both the iPhone and touch by holding down both the home and sleep/wake buttons for about 10 seconds.
Locating Events in Your Area
When you first start iConcertCal, the application will try to access your device location (with your permission, of course), and promptly connect to the internet (you can also select an alternate city in the settings applet). Obviously, the application will need to establish an initial internet connection to find events in your area, but after it downloads current and upcoming music happenings, subsequent off-line access of events will be available. Future updates, of course, will require a connection again to be established.
Searching for events, and Tweaking Settings
With iConcertCal, you can also simply search for events based on keywords or venue. This is one of the apps’ strongest features, especially when you consider that it is filtering large and small acts down to a radius (50 miles by default). I got hits from local bars and clubs all the way up to seriously major shows. The settings can be tweaked using the options selection (the gear icon).
This feature is pretty neat as iConcertCal can filter events based on your iTunes library artist collection, and they also offer an iTunes plug-in. If you have music synced to the device already, you can simply select an artist from your device collection. In my case, I have a pretty old school collection of classic rock music, so I didn’t get any hits in my area using this feature.
Once you have selected an event, you can drill into more artist info, listen or even purchase music via links provided. A link to buy tickets for major acts will likely also appear. For some events, you can also navigate to web information about the artist, if registered at JamBase. JamBase will provide similar information, and in fact, you could simply browse to the main JamBase page and use the search widget there, but it was not very responsive when I did this on my touch. iConcertCal also adds a helpful map feature that can guide you to the location.
Wow…Frampton playing the Birchmere. This guy used to play stadiums back in the day! He is still a blisteringly good guitar act no matter where he’s playing…
Except for web, and App store links, general application integration is something that I find to be lacking in iPhone apps. iConcertCal displays your selected concerts in it’s own calendar display, but this information is not subsequently synced to the iPhone or iPod touch internal calendar which would make this feature more useful in my opinion. Maybe they can add this in a coming version as an enhancement.
New iPhone applications never seem to stop adding cool things you can do with your phone, and iConcertCal certainly builds on this success. It allows you to skip the hassle of going on-line from your PC and searching out concert events. It also lets you get concert information wherever you are, buy tickets and get directions, which is pretty awesome. I recommend it, so go grab it at the link below.