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GigLocator Launches in Open Beta Today August 12, 2009

Posted by David W. King in beta, Digital Music, Gigs, Social Networking, tecnology, Uncategorized.
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GigLocator, a live music aggregator, launches today in open beta. Offering a large collection of gig listings worldwide, sourced from major ticket providers and a number of independents too, the site will also keep you informed about your favorite artists’ upcoming tour date as you enter multiple Last.fm, Pandora or iLike usernames.

Learning about your preferences from the gigs you attend and the stuff you’re listening to GigLocator’s recommendation engine can provide more accurate and targeted recommendations.

As you are advised of upcoming gigs, you can share the dates with friends by way of your social network of choice; or GigLocator can connect you to people near you with similar musical tastes, others nearby who might be interested in going along too. How cool is that! No more being embarrassed by your musical preferences as you trudge off to attend concerts by yourself.

From the way things sound, this is another free resource made available to the music aficionado in each of us. GigLocator will make its money from ticket vendors on sales.

With record sales in freefall, but many artists still making money from live tours, GigLocator is in a good position to make a healthy profit from the one section of the music industry still making money.

What I have not heard yet is whether this format will make it possible for musicians to post their gigs, or being located in the UK, this site’s focus will be groups touring the United Kingdom.

Apple Developing Stand Alone App That Will Consolidate All Your Social Networking Accounts August 12, 2009

Posted by David W. King in Apple, Social Networking, tecnology.
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Apple is working on some kind of software application that will consolidate all your existing social network accounts into one place, an even more interesting rdevelopment now that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed, the service which previously seemed on top in terms of social network aggregation.

This won’t be just a built-in feature of iTunes itself, but will actually be a standalone application that includes as one of its own features iTunes music sharing via social media. It also offers the ability to simultaneously change your status across networks and to “connect with your friends’ friends,”

The news comes via a report from The Boy Genius Report today detailing further iTunes 9 rumors.