iLike loves iPhone: unleashes hundreds of apps

iLike has released a veritable storm of iPhone applications, including specific ones for over 250 musical acts and a pretty handy ‘Local Concerts’ app.

The latter provides personalized concert listings and notifications based on scanning the music on any iPod touch
or iPhone.

It lists upcoming shows in a user’s area and provides links to buy tickets. The new upgrade (available soon pending Apple approval) adds key features that leverage iPhone 3.0’s new capabilities:

Personalization: The app scans the music on an iPod or iPhone and provides custom concert listings to match. Notifications: Users can opt to be notified whenever an artist in their music collection announces a local concert. In-app Maps: Maps to venues are displayed directly inside the app. And finally, Social Hooks: Users can share concert information with friends via email without leaving within the app.

“Finding out about local concerts has never been easier,” said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike. “This is one of the first apps that’s optimized not just for the iPhone but also for the iPod, because it customizes itself to your entire music collection.” In the two months since iLike announced its iPhone Apps for Artists program, more than 250 artists from all genres of music have already launched iLike-powered iPhone apps.

“As an independent artist, I truly appreciate this direct connection that I now have to fans, whether I’m announcing new tour dates, releasing a new album, or just have something to say,” said singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.

“We’re encouraged by the positive response our create-your-own-app platform has generated, and this is only the beginning,” said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike. “We’re helping artists save time, make money, and remain in constant contact with fans.” More about iLike iPhone Apps for Artists In May 2009, iLike announced a turnkey system enabling any artist to create their own app featuring concert dates, video messages, photos, blogs, bulletins, games, and exclusive content. Bands can post content and messages to fans who install their app via the iLike Artist Dashboard, already in use by more than 300,000 artists.

The iLike iPhone app platform has been selected by established and emerging artists, from proudly independent musicians to major label acts, across a variety of musical genres.

The list includes: Brushfire Records (includes Jack Johnson and Mason Jennings) Reba McEntire DeVotchka Official Album App for Sonic Youth’s The Eternal Information Society Ingrid Michaelson The Cribs Josh Turner John Butler Trio Jimmy Cliff Rusted Root Sara Evans Swing Out Sister Tanya Tucker Vertical Horizon For artists, the benefits of using iLike to create a custom iPhone app include: Ease-of-Use: Artists can create apps using a simple web-based wizard, and post new content at any time with the click of a button.

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