As huge music fans, we’ve been waiting for an app to keep us in the loop when our favourite bands are on tour and, more importantly, when they’re in town. If only Gigbeat worked properly we’d be dancing in the streets but unfortunately it’s a bit too buggy for our liking.
Gigbeat works by collating the music from artists stored on your Android, grabbing further information from your Last.Fm or Songkick profiles and putting it to use in the form of recommended gigs. Although there are other apps which do a similar thing, this is the first one we’ve seen to try and give an in-depth guide to gigging.
What with all the app reviewing we do, free space comes at a premium on our Android handsets so there’s not much music stored there. The highly tasteful and snobbish songs we did have stored on our SD card were catered to pretty well with tour dates for the Arctic Monkeys and Bon Iver listed in enticing fashion, alongside the ability to favourite any dates which caught our fancy.
When we tried to expand beyond the contents of our Android however, we hit a bit of snag. Only a Top 25 of our Last.Fm artists, of which there are 491, were imported by Gigbeat. Even when scrolling down this selection, some artists held an extremely low likelihood of stepping back on stage again. John Lennon we’re looking at you.
Additionally, when searching for events in a certain location, there are no date parameters so you can only see what’s coming up in the next few days. This is an extreme annoyance.
The good news for Gigbeat’s developers is that these flaws require only a small bit of fine-tuning, although until they’re set in place, the app is nearly as useful as a chocolate fire guard. It looks very nice but is pretty useless in practice.
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The Bottom Line
Some key bugs hold this music app from doing its job properly.
Version reviewed 1.0.3
Requires Android 2.1 or higher
Download the Gigbeat app from Android Market
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