BandMate [rating: 4/5]
Apple introduced ‘genius’ feature for songs first and then extended it for apps. Personalized suggestions make your next purchase very easy and certainly makes more sense. We have been noticing a rise in web and 3rd party applications which are offering personalized suggestions either for music or apps.
BandMate is a genius app for all music lovers as it helps you keep a track of all the music events taking place around you. The app scans your music library for artists when launched the first time and then it searches for events, matches events for similar artists and then finally updates the calender.
Once the app becomes smart by understanding the kind of music you have and you enter your location it presents you with a very intuitive and simple interface for viewing the events taking place around your city. BandMate allows you to view Events, mark favourites, choose artists using the tabs on the bottom of the screen. You can always change your location or refresh the artists in your library by accessing the options on the top.
Tapping on an event of your interest will further show you the details of the event and offer some great features which make this app highly useful. The top of the event detail screen is occupied by cover flow style images from the artists event in the past and displays date, time and location of the show along with the probability score showing how strong the recommendation is. Tapping on the ‘info’ option at the bottom shows you options to view artist’s web site, Bio, Tour Dates and Event Details (using last.fm database) Further just like last.fm app (iTunes Link, Free) you can view YouTube videos, buy songs on iTunes or simply tap last.fm to launch the internet radio streaming app for iPhone/iPod touch to listen to launch the band’s radio station.
Other options the app includes are ability to rate the artist, share via E-mail, Twitter, Facebook and view the location of the event on a map. If you want to attend an event the app lets you mark it as favourite so that you can view the details before the event date. We would have preferred if the app used Calender interface to mark dates as this would be more effective way of managing events. In a future update the developers could look at integrating Push Notification which sends reminders and updates regarding latest events based on your interest.
BandMate is a useful extension to the popular last.fm app which not only keeps a track of artist’s events but also recommends events which could possibly be of your interest. If you are an active user of last.fm then propably this app won’t excite you much but, if you want personalized recommendation for live events based on your iTunes Library and location then BandMate is just perfect for you.
Price: $1.99 (iTunes Link) as of Dec 28, 2009
Version reviewed 1.61
- Personalized recommendation
- View event and artist details
- Turn off artists you don’t want to include
The Not So Good
- Lacks push notification
- No Calender interface
Reviewed by: Ravin
Expedited Review: Request received on Dec 23, reviewed on Dec 28
BandMate for iPhone