Spawned in the creative cauldron of Music Hack Day New York over a single weekend, the Gigbeat Android app launched commercially for on the Android platform. Its creator hopes the app will help Android owners get out more.
“Gigbeat’s goal is to make discovering live music easier, and the best avenue to do that is on a mobile device [because] you have earphones with you — that’s just an integral part of everyone’s life now,” said Michael Novak during a demonstration at this week’s NYC MusicTechnology Meetup. “[Gigbeat] scans your music library — or if you don’t have any artists, it connects with Last.fm and SongKick, and can pull down your artist lists.”
After it knows who you’re into, the Gigbeat app presents shows for all of your artists plus additional, recommended artists to check out, although the latter only works if you connect with to a somewhat accurate Last.fm account.
“This is great if you live in a small area where your favorite artists don’t come to town that often,” added Novak.
The app offers another list of shows happening near your location, and lets you star events to add them to a My Gigs section, which sends you event reminders. Tapping through to a venue brings it up on a map and lets you buy tickets.
Next week, Novak plans to add a new feature to let people check into shows via FourSquare, which will keep a history of the shows you’ve attended and could allow fans to earn prizes, discounts, or other benefits in return for sharing the fact that they’re there. A more polished version for Android tablets is also in the works.