Thursday, July 26, 2007

iConcertCal | UPDATE

Last night, I received an email from Michael K of The Parallel Campaign titled "Maybe the most useful iTunes plug-in ever." You know what? He was right.

The email was about a new plug-in software for your iTunes library called iConcertCal. Here's how it works: After you download and install it, it goes through your iTunes library and creates a calendar of every upcoming concert in your area of the bands in your library. How cool is that? Plus, you can change the city and it'll recreate the calendar based upon that city and the surrounding area. That'll work well when I'm traveling for work.

The only two downsides I've discovered so far is that it doesn't work for shows outside the US (aka no Montreal) and since it uses Pollstar's database, it misses some opening bands. For example, it missed The Hero Cycle playing at Higher Ground on Feb. 21st in support of Lymbyc System.

However, those are small things in comparison to the upside. It's well worth the few minutes it takes to download and install.

Did I mention it's free?

UPDATE: While recently loading the latest version of iTunes, my iTunes plug-ins got deleted which sent me back to iConcertCal to download it again. I was pretty happy to learn that it now works for Canada too. So, it's a lot easier to find upcoming Montreal shows now.

The other bit of news surrounding iConcertCal is that the next version of the plug-in, which is due in the next few weeks, will also include upcoming album release dates. So, it'll look through your iTunes library and let you know which bands in your library will be coming out with new albums in the next few months. Very cool.

Did I mention it's still free?


Nico said...

I don't know jacksquat about The Hero Cycle, but I did see Lymbyc System open for The Album Leaf back in November and they were quite good though I'd never heard a note of their music.

BTW, Eccentric Southern Gentleman is back.

jay said...

iConcertCal is definitely one of the most useful things that I have ever downloaded for my computer.