iTunes plug-in finds good concerts

iConcertCal takes the legwork out of finding out when your favorite bands are coming to town.

It's early February. Do you know where your favorite band is?

Dude, the Roots are coming.

iConcertCal does. This free iTunes plug-in for both Mac OS X and Windows scans your iTunes library and lets you know when the bands you listen to are coming to town.

After installing iConcertCal, the iTunes visualizer becomes a calendar that lists local concert dates for bands in your library. Clicking on each listing in the calendar lets you buy tickets, and changing the city and state brings up personalized listings for other cities.

Since a co-worker sent out a link to this free plug-in last week, I've been hooked. It eliminates the hassle of having to check local papers and Web sites to see who's coming to your neck of the woods and the need to sign up for an individual artist's mailing list. It's also a good reason to clean up those ID3 tags.

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