Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.
Suppose you just found out Brendan Benson is playing in your town. You don't have to run scrambling to the nearest computer to buy tickets; just fire up the new Live Nation app. With it you can find concerts in your area and buy tickets on the spot.
If your first reaction is to leave a comment telling us how much you despise Live Nation (and, by proxy, Ticketmaster), go right ahead. In fact, we'll start: if we want to pay a lot of ridiculous fees on top of already overpriced tickets, we'll just book some air travel, thank you.
But, hey, it is what it is. If you love live music, you rarely have a choice but to use Live Nation/Ticketmaster--so you might as well get some convenience out of the deal. (Say, maybe this is what all those "convenience" charges are for!) And it is a good app, letting you browse by concert or venue (both based on your location). You can search for artists or choose to see all the shows for a particular day.
Tap the Favorite button and the app does something clever: displays a list of shows based on artists already in your library. That's a huge time-saver. Of course, you can manually add artists to your Favorite list as well. But Live Nation's coolest feature? Set lists. Choose an artist and the app displays a list of shows--sometimes dating back years. Tap a show and you'll see the entire set list. And if a song is available from iTunes, you can play a snippet or buy it.
Our main complaint is that you can't look up concerts that aren't local. For example, if you're flying to California tonight and want tickets for tomorrow's Brendan Benson show, you're out of luck--until you touch down, that is.
We weren't able to test an actual ticket purchase, but all the elements are there: you can choose a price and/or section (where applicable), view a seating chart, and even request wheelchair-accessible seating. For that kind of convenience, we suppose we don't mind paying a little extra.
The new Live Nation app brings you concerts, festivals, and tickets in one app, personalized just for you. Youll never miss another show. You may never be bored again.+ Scans your iTunes library - and understands what you really play - to help track your favorite artists+ Pays attention to the artists you love and gives you alerts and updates. No more unwanted/just plain wrong alerts.+ Easy, quick ticket purchasing in the app, plus mobile ticketing wherever we can do it+ The most up-to-date concert and festival listings - thousands of shows each month+ Show recommendations based on your tastes and your location, for tonight or next year+ Exclusive access to early tickets and deals. Yes!+ In-venue upgrades and specials+ Exclusive content direct from artists+ Connect with Facebook (totally optional) to help us better understand the music that you love+ Find friends, share shows, make it happen!Some highlights of the recent additions to the app:+ iOS7 compatibility and optimized design+ Easier to use and better looking!+ New & improved favorites system (you'll keep the favorites you already have in this update)+ New & improved recommendations and notifications+ Optional Facebook account creation (we dont post anything without your permission!) + Improved location awareness and selection+ New home screen experience with new ways to find shows, including tailored recommendations or search by distance from venueThis is just the beginning, and there's much more to come. Please let us know how we're doing! In the Account screen, tap on Contact Us, or email us at email@example.com.
What's new in this version:
Want an update? We thought so! Heres whats new: + Improvements to Recommended" home screen. More! Faster! Swipe! Swoosh! + Easier to add on-sale dates to your calendar! Get your hands on tickets the second they're available. + Assorted bug fixes. Because no one likes bugs. As always, we welcome your thoughts and opinions. Tell us what you want from the app at firstname.lastname@example.org. Were listening!