Rhapsody is taking on concert-finding apps like Songkick and Bandsintown today with the release of Rhapsody Concerts, a new, free standalone iOS app that promises to help you get out of your house and into a music venue every day of the week (your sanity and liver providing).
Back in March, we spoke with Rhapsody President Jon Irwin, who told us that the music subscription service was scheming some new features that would benefit artists and consumers alike. One of those features was the option for artists to sell concert tickets via the app. Today, that idea was made manifest via a new app.
Rhapsody Concerts is very similar to pre-existing concert apps: Once you log in (you will need a Rhapsody account and app downloaded on your phone to take full advantage of the app, be warned), you’ll be able to search for concerts in your area via the “Popular” tab (which shows the gigs that are trending), the “Calendar” tab (which depicts shows happening today and future dates), the “Venue” tab (which shows nearby venues), and good, old-fashioned search (via artist or venue). From there, you can buy tickets in-app.
All of the above is pretty standard for concert-finding apps. The major feature we found lacking, however, with the app’s concert-surfacing ability, is any integration with Rhapsody itself — that extra layer of personalization that apps like Songkick boast. Ideally, the app should plug into your Rhapsody listening history and suggest shows based on what you have listened to/like. The same functionality could have been provided if you were able to integrate the app with your Facebook and/or Twitter.
Rhapsody does have a leg-up, however, when it comes to content. It features a bevy of playlists (like “Bonnaroo Stars 2013″), and when you click on a specific artist, not only can you check out tour dates and similar bands, you can also check out tracks and albums (again, you need a Rhapsody account to do this). Granted, you’re able to do the same thing via Songkick’s Spotify app, but Rhapsody Concerts has the advantage of being mobile, so if you’re on-the-go and looking to sample a band before heading to a show, it has the advantage in that respect.
Would you use an app like Rhapsody Concerts to plan a night out? Let us know in the comments below!