Austin-based WellAlright today is proud to announce BandMate 1.5, their personalized live music calendar for the iPhone and iPod touch. Designed specifically to take advantage of the iPhone’s unique capabilities and interface, BandMate recommends live music events by analyzing the songs already on the user’s iPod. The application provides all the tools music fans need to find out more about artists and for sharing what they discover with their friends.
With so many new bands playing on any given night, it’s difficult for concertgoers to pick out the show they’d like to see most, and often they find out too late about great shows they missed. BandMate evolved around the idea of helping music lovers find out what live events they might be missing. And with so many towns with great live music scenes, BandMate also serves as an essential travel planner – suggesting shows to catch while on the road.
Beyond simply alerting a music lover to live shows by their favorite bands, BandMate analyzes the music they already listen to and discovers new bands that the music fan would want to check out. It searches through event listings in the city of the user’s choice to create a personalized calendar of only the shows that they want to see. Each event even includes a probability score of how strong the recommendation is. BandMate also provides all the tools music fans need to find out more about artists, including links to schedules, videos, bios, music, along with easy ways to share any info with their friends via e-mail and Facebook.
- Watch the band’s videos
- Listen to the artist’s music in iTunes
- View multiple pictures of each artist
- Read the band’s biography
- Browse the artist’s web site
- Launch the band’s Last.fm radio station
- Explore the other artists in the line-up
- Add artists not already on your iPod
- Import artists from iTunes playlists
- Share the event info via email and Facebook
- Keep track of favorite events
- Export favorites to a calendar
- Explore events in different cities
“I’m lucky enough to live in Austin, a fantastic city known for live music. So many incredible bands play here every night. And if you look hard enough, there’s always some artist you’ll want to check out,” said Rimas Remeza, owner and CTO of WellAlright. The tough part is, with so many shows simply poring over the local event listings might help you find a couple of bands you know, but it does little to help you find new bands that you may like. We definitely needed a better way for people to connect with new artists that they’d enjoy,” continued Remeza. “Being both a music fan and a geek, and seeing the possibility of combining both loves to do something that might help people enjoy their live music scene a bit more, I developed BandMate. Hopefully, it will lead to more folks discovering new music and more new fans out there supporting bands.”