Since 2007, Apple has been the host of what can only be called the longest music festival around. This year seems like it will be the biggest yet. Not necessarily because of the bands performing, although the line-up is fantastic. Apple is making the iTunes Festival available on all possible formats so music lovers around the world can watch every concert, every day, from anywhere with their iPad, iPhone, desktop computer, or Apple TV. The best part is that the whole month-long festival is 100 percent free.
Apple has made this year’s music celebration available in a number of ways. There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to see every concert you want over the next 30 days. First of all, you can sign up for email notifications and updates about schedule changes and additions. The next thing you may want to do is enter to win tickets to see one of the concerts in real life. Tickets are only available for residents living in UK, Ireland, France, Germany or Netherlands. If you don’t live in one of those lovely places, you can still watch the entire festival without having to get dressed up or higher a babysitter.
If you have the second or third – generation Apple TV, the only thing you have to do is make sure your set-top box is up to date. The iTunes Festival app should already be on your device, right next to the Hulu Plus app. If you don’t see the iTunes Festival app, manually updated your software first. Then, unplug your Apple TV box for 30 seconds. Plug it back in and let it reset. The app should be there.
From the Apple TV app, viewers can already see the concert schedule. You can also browse the bands and read a brief synopsis of each. Once the festival begins, just select the current date and the concert will begin streaming. Most concerts start at 11:45 a.m. PDT.
I’ll be at the office during the live streaming of many of the concerts. If you can’t watch any concerts live, you’ll still be able to watch them for a short period of time afterward. Usually, concerts stream for about three days after their scheduled date.
If you don’t have Apple TV, but want to watch the festival on something larger than 10-inches, you can stream the festival live from iTunes on your computer. All you have to do is open iTunes and go to the main iTunes Festival page and start watching.
If you will be more mobile than stationary over the next 30 days, but still want to see as many iTunes Festival concerts as possible, you’re in luck. The iOS app is just as easy to use as the Apple TV app. This handy-dandy little app is free and lets you stream all 30 days of the festival live, or watch concerts for a short period of time afterward. In addition to watching the musical magic, users can also check out an artist’s discography and download music from within the app. You can share your favorite bands on Facebook and Twitter and see pictures from past iTunes Festivals. The iOS app is so handy. I recommend downloading it, even if you plan on watching the fest on your television or computer.
Now that you’ve learned all the different ways to rock out for the next month, get to it so you don’t miss a single concert.