Great news for music fans as this Apple patent promises to take a chunk out of the existing incumbents in concert ticketing and their appalling practices of charging punters small fortunes for the right to simply buy a ticket. Apple’s going to offer gig tickets via iTunes.
We’re really pleased to see some competition in this, as we think the existing ticket agents (meaning one specifically) charges music fans like ourselves outrageous amounts on top of existing expensive ticket prices for purchasing said tickets. After all, they also grab a slice of the ticket money. Greed combined with a leading market position gives the ticket agents this power.
That may see stiff competition. The system that is laid out in Apple’s extraordinarily detailed patent, points to a new iTunes based web service for tickets.
“Today’s patent reviews the basics of this new system as well as review the benefits of such a system which could include the concert goer receiving such things as a live recording of the concert they just attended or access to exclusive artist interviews or refreshments. Surprisingly, the patent goes far beyond concerts as well – so as to cover sporting events, amusement park admissions and rides (think Disney), a wedding invitation system and a lot more,” informs Patently Apple.