If you’ve never heard of it, iConcertCal is an iTunes plugin available for Windows and Mac OS X, an iPhone app and now a Google Android OS app. It takes a look at your music library and tells you of upcoming gigs and albums based on the bands you listen to, giving you a personalised calendar of events of things happening in your location.
The application is split into several categories. ‘My Shows’ allows you to look at concerts and upcoming album releases of bands in your library in your city. If you want to look at all the concerts happening where you are, you can view the ‘All Shows’ list which will give you a list of every concert where you are.
If you find a concert that you want to see, every concert listing includes links that allow you to pre-order tickets for the event to make sure you don’t miss out, and even offer a built-in map to the venue of the concert, giving you directions if you aren’t sure where to go! Similarly, you can also purchase and pre-order listed albums too. You can change the order of the lists, and arrange the listings displayed by venue, or even how far away they are from your current location, which is a neat integration of GPS in the app, offering a great service if you want to see what’s available around you at the time of searching.
The interface is easy to get used to and use, with all of the main categories of the application split into 5 easy access buttons at the top of the screen, giving you access to the previously mentioned ‘My Shows’ and ‘All Shows’ as well as Venues, Albums and Options for the app too. If I had one issue with the interface, it’s definitely the black background. This may seem picky, but I’d have liked the option of having a white background and black text rather than the other way around.
When using iConcertCal on my Nexus One, although it was great indoors, it didn’t help the already poor visibility outdoors with the ultra reflective AMOLED display in addition to the dark background – it would be nice to have the option to change this in the program settings.
For me, there was one major concern – I don’t actually have any music on my phone, as all my music is on my iTunes library and iPod (if you’ve ever used the Android music player, you’ll understand why I now carry two devices with me!). The best feature of iConcertCal for me is the ‘iTunes Artists Sync’, which allows you to sync the artist information from your iTunes library using the iConcertCal iTunes plugin with your phone.
If you’re a music fan, and often going to concerts, the iConcertCal Android app is well worth a look. It’s currently available in the Android market for $2.99. If you’re an iPhone user, you can purchase the iConcertCal iPhone app on the App Store for £1.79. The plugin for Windows and Mac OS X is available as a free download from the iConcertCal website.