APP OF THE DAY: iTunes Festival 2012 review (iPad / iPhone / iPod touch)
Festival season, as in standing in the middle of a field getting p***ed on by both the rain and other means, is almost over for another year, but Apple plans to extend the merriment with a late showing for its annual iTunes Festival.
Moved from July to September - presumably to avoid Euro 2012, the Olympics, and all manner of summer-related shenanigans - the 2012-flavoured jamboree is soon to start, and as there are still tickets to be won, it's a good time to review the app for the...
iTunes Festival 2012
- iPad (version tested), iPhone, iPod touch
The iTunes Festival has been staged every year since 2007, and it's grown in size each time. It runs for 30 days in total, with a different act appearing at the Camden Roundhouse in London every night (sometimes with a support act) and Apple traditionally streams the gigs live to iDevices and online.
This year, Apple TV is added to the mix, with an application now available for download. But it is the latest in the iOS versions that we'll turn our attention to here (more specifically, the iPad app).
At the moment, there is no actual video content available to view apart from a trailer showing clips from previous iTunes gigs. However, if you live in London, or are willing to travel to the capital during September, we thoroughly recommend you download the free app because it still offers the chance to win free tickets to the live performances.
Each gig, you see, is free to attend, with tickets awarded on a lottery basis. You register your interest in whatever shows you fancy via the app (or online at the dedicated website) and you'll be contacted before the gig(s) you've registered for if you've successfully bagged tickets.
If not, don't despair, as not only can you view the concerts live through the iOS app, online or on Apple TV, but each of them will also be accessible to be watched for a limited period afterwards. We do recommend you check them out quickly though, because last year many of them (due to rights issues) disappeared fairly rapidly, and paid versions of them offered only some of the content, not all.
Before offering streamed video, live or on-demand, the app has a calendar outlining all of the acts lined up to play, including Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Elbow, deadmau5 and Hot Chip. There's pretty much something for everyone, even including popstars JLS, Jessie J and Olly Murs, so there's no excuse not to tune in.
And if you don't know much about an artist, there's a database with information on each one, with a link to buy their latest material on iTunes (there's a reason the app's free, after all). Plus, there's a news section with further snippets and details.
Like always, iTunes Festival 2012 is a well put-together incentive, both in app and out, and with the whole shebang kicking off with Usher on Saturday night (1 September), we suggest you get a-downloading now.