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Apple adds live music features to its Maps and Music apps

By | Published on Wednesday 17 May 2023


Apple has launched two new editorial features focused on live music, one in Apple Maps and one in Apple Music, and both tapping into the ‘concert discovery module’ that was added to Apple-owned Shazam last spring.

Within Apple Maps, the tech giant’s music team have produced a series of guides to live music in various big cities around the world. So, for London there are guides to clubbing, classical venues, grassroots venues, the “alternative scene” and “where to see acoustic music”.

These guides, Apple says, “also allow fans to browse venues’ upcoming shows directly from Maps through Shazam’s concert discovery module – part of a suite of features that Shazam introduced last spring – leveraging concert information from the world-renowned event recommendation and artist discovery platform Bandsintown”.

Meanwhile, in the Apple Music app a new Set Lists space “shines a light on a selection of major tours, letting fans listen to setlists and read about the productions” and “for the first time on the app, fans will also be able to browse artists’ upcoming shows in their area by launching Shazam’s concert discovery module”. Lovely stuff.