Songkick Concerts creates a custom calendar based on your music prefs

Jun 13, 2011
Music

It’s a major bummer to find out that your favorite band or artist is coming to town after the show is already sold out. If only you had known sooner — or had Songkick Concerts on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Songkick scans the content of your iPod, and then matches artists you like with […]

It’s a major bummer to find out that your favorite band or artist is coming to town after the show is already sold out. If only you had known sooner — or had Songkick Concerts on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Songkick scans the content of your iPod, and then matches artists you like with upcoming concerts in your location. On my first launch, Songkick didn’t prompt me to turn on location services, so it didn’t automatically detect my city. I’m not sure if this was a fluke or a glitch in the app, but I had to turn the feature on manually via the settings panel. Even with it on, the app needed a force quit and relaunch to grab the new information. After jumping that roadblock, I had to create a Songkick account to access the app’s full features. Make sure you don’t mistype your password when registering — I did and was then forced to use a new email address because it said the first one I entered was already in use.

Once your account is set up, the app will create a list of concerts based on your location. Via the “Artists” tab, users can skim musicians in their iTunes, and currently touring groups will be marked with a banner. If you enable notifications, Songkick will tell you via push of newly added concerts of the artists’ you’re tracking. By default, the app automatically tracks every artist in your library. There doesn’t seem to be an option to turn this off. To only track select artists, you’ll need to disable tracking individually — that could add up to a lot of work if you have a large collection of tunes.

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Under “locations,” you can find all concerts in your current location, as well as add other cities. There is also a calendar feature if you want to find gigs on a certain date. The formatting of the calendar is laid out British-style (rows are Monday to Sunday), but when you tap a date, your results will show one off, as if the calendar was laid out Sunday to Saturday. That means if you’re looking for concerts on June 18, better tap June 19 or you’ll miss the shows. The calendar also defaults to May (and obviously, it’s June), and hitting the forward arrow takes you to July. That all adds up to quite a few glitches on what’s really a primary feature of the app. “Concerts” will show you your personalized show list, recently added shows and your plans — events you’ve marked that you’re attending.

I like the idea of Songkick Concerts and think users will find it helpful — if it can get its tech together.

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