Do you know anything about a new iTunes plug-in called iConcertCal? If so, please share!
As a matter of fact, I heard about it the other day. I don’t own an iPod of my own, so I don’t really get too much into iTunes, but I know a lot of you all out there do and I always try to stay on top of things to help out. So, when I came across a mention of this new plug-in, I had to check it out! And well, let me tell you, it seems pretty darn cool. Let’s look at it together.
The first version of iConcertCal (version 1.1) was just recently released and it is available for download right now. It’s a free plug-in, so you don’t have to worry about any fees either. Okay, so what does it do? Well, it basically monitors your iTunes music library for you. And by doing that, it creates a personalized calendar for you that will keep you up to date on the concerts that may be coming to your city or town. So, if you’re a big concert goer, you will definitely want to check this one out.
Now, you may be wondering where it gets the information from. Well, iConcertCal pretty much spends its time searching the Web to find the tour dates of the bands you have saved in your iTunes music library. It uses a variety of Web sites to generate that information, including JamBase.com, The List and Tour Filter. The creators of iConcertCal are always adding new Web sites to the mix as well.
Okay, so how does the plug-in know what city you live in? It actually gets that information (and that information only) from your IP address. Of course, this may not always work out as planned, so if iConcertCal is searching in the wrong city, you can always change it using the City and State boxes on the interface. Everything is pretty much covered!
Also, if you add new music to your library quite often, iConcertCal will be able to keep up with it. It updates your information once a week, so you will never miss out on a concert date. And just in case you were worried, iConcertCal does not use any of your music information outside of the guidelines. Your privacy is respected and none of your personal data will be shared or broadcast on the Internet.
So, if you’re thinking this sounds like a pretty good deal and you’re ready to download it, just visit this Web site and click on the green button that says “Download iConcertCal now.” (Make sure you close down your iTunes before you start the download process). Just let the download run and follow the prompts as they come up on your screen. Once it’s done, open iTunes again and go to View, Visualizer, iConcertCal. Then to see your personalized calendar, go to View, Show Visualizer.
Your calendar will probably be pretty boring at first, but once iConcertCal starts gathering your music information, it will fill up fast. Also, just for a quick extra tip: You can use Ctrl + T to go back and forth between your iTunes program and your calendar. It’s all very simple when it comes to using the iConcertCal plug-in!
iConcertCal is also available for Mac OS X and you can find installation instructions for that right here. Also, if you’re still curious about this plug-in and want to learn a little more about it, visit the FAQ page here. Everything you’re wondering and more will be answered there. There’s even some topics covered in case you happen to have any trouble with iConcertCal.
Now, go on and enjoy your new iTunes plug-in and be sure to have fun at the concerts!