Anyone visiting iTunes recently will have already noticed the hub-bub surrounding the upcoming iTunes Festival in London, England. Starting July 1st, The Roundhouse in London will host a month-long music festival featuring 62 bands over 31 day. ITunes Festival Live is the app that will bring it all home to you, free of charge.
Paul Simon opens the festival this Friday. From the app, you can view the calendar of events from the “Gigs” section. Select Simon on Friday, July first and you will see his bio and a link to iTunes for his album So Beautiful or So What. You can preview songs from that album, or go directly to the iTunes store to purchase it.
If you want to learn more about the bands attending the festival, you can view their bio page from the “Artists” section. Here, you will read a bio, preview songs, and be linked to iTunes for purchases. You can also see what day they are scheduled to play and add their show to your calendar. To accomplish this, select the tiny calendar icon at the top-right corner of any performer’s bio page. You can make any changes you like to the event reminder and then hit “done” and it will sync with your iPad’s calendar.
You can also catch up on news relating to the festival in the “News” section. However, I’ve had the app since the day it was released, and there have not been any updates to the news section.
The best part about this app is the fact that you will be able to watch every single concert of all 31 days live. Even if you miss a show, you will be able to stream it on demand for a limited time. If you have an Airplay enabled device, like the second generation Apple TV, you can watch the concerts on the big screen. You could have an iTunes Festival party at your house every day for the month of July.
What I liked: I love being able to check out bands that I’ve never heard of and preview their music before their show. If they are worthy of my ears, it is easy to purchase their music and get to know their songs before the big gig.
What I didn’t like: I suppose my only complaint would be that you can’t sync the entire festival to your calendar all at once. You have to add artists individually.
To buy or not to buy: Its free and its awesome. If you have even the slightest interest in iTunes Festival, get this app.
- App Name:iTunes Festival Live
- Version Reviewed: 2.0
- Category: Music
- Developer: Apple Inc.-iTunes
- Price: Free