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Seven free apps for finding stellar live sounds

Jasmine France | May 29, 2013
Audiophiles and superfans alike will appreciate these apps that keep you in the loop on live music.

How often have you heard someone say, "I don't really like music"? Most people enjoy music, whether they're classical-concerto buffs or indie-rock megafans. And there's good reason for that--studies have proven that music can make you happy.

A veritable smorgasbord of apps out there can help you listen to tunes, discover new artists, or even make your own jams on the fly. And don't forget about live music: Tracking concerts via weekly newsletters and multiple websites can be a chore, and you're bound to miss out on some good shows. If you're a die-hard fan, you'll want to download an app to track your favorite bands and venues. Here are seven that can keep you in the loop on live music.

Concerts--Android, iOS, Windows Phone
This online concert-listing service offers free apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, all of which draw from the extensive database at preAmped.com, a site that covers venues big and small across the United States. The app uses your device's GPS function to populate upcoming shows in your vicinity; you also have the option to look in other areas you may be traveling to in the near future.

You can search for specific artists and save them as favorites to get notifications on when they will play in your area, and the app can search your music library and recommend concerts based on your songs. Other features include directions to venues, photos of recent events, and links to purchase tickets from the original vendors (such as Ticketmaster). You can also get updates on new album releases, receive email reminders about the show, or track a particular artist's tour.

Bandsintown--Android, iOS
Bandsintown is a beautiful app that is designed not only to keep you informed when your favorite bands come to your area, but also to help you discover new artists that you might enjoy. You can sync your Google Play, iTunes, Last.fm, Pandora, and Spotify accounts to receive automatic recommendations, and if you connect the app with Facebook, it will draw from your music activity there as well.

The app lets you RSVP to shows, purchase tickets at vendor sites, and share via Facebook and Twitter to encourage friends to join you. The concert cloud feature provides a unique way to browse shows by emphasizing which of your most-listened-to bands are coming to town soon. Or you can view upcoming performances by Recommended, All Local Events, Favorite Artists, or RSVPs.

onTour Concert Finder--Android
onTour for Android is an on-target app for those who have a list of their favorite artists and venues; its recommendations are heavily dependent on your personal preferences. When you fire up the app, it prompts you to enter bands and venues. Alternatively, you can connect to Last.fm to import artists from the service.

 

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