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Gig-finding service Bandloop releases a free--and very slick--application in Apple's App Store that helps you find local shows on a map.
A Bandloop developer talks up two aspects of show-tracking that I overlooked: geo-coding of clubs and more listings for obscure local bands and venues.
JamBase is the music fan's standard for tracking gigs, but Bandloop offers a solid competitor. Artists and fans populate and update the show database of more than 50,000 gigs.
Unfortunately, it doesn't offer anything unique, and has less gig information than competitors like JamBase, Bandloop, and iConcertCal.
The granddaddy of concert-listing services has made major improvements to its iPhone app.
iConcertCal for iPhone automatically looks at artists in your iTunes library and alerts you when they're playing a show in your area. It also serves as a more typical concert-finding app.
It's entering a crowded field, but the ability to import artists from iTunes and other sources, instead of having to enter them manually, gets you started fast.
If Microsoft wants to make music search a core component of its new search engine, it ought to consider buying Grooveshark.
Digital-music companies are acknowledging that MySpace is a part of every musician's online kit. Instead of creating an alternative, they are letting users tap into what MySpace offers.
The search engine for music files filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday to help protect against record company lawsuits, and it looks like they've taken one of my favorite sites, Songerize, down with them.