Apple is adding new concert finder features to Maps and Music

Apple is rolling out new concert discovery features in its Maps and Music apps that should make it easier to find local shows. On Apple Music, Apple is adding a Set Lists section that lives in the app To leaf through tab so you can view an artist’s upcoming shows and view set lists from their tours.

Apple Maps, on the other hand, gets more than 40 curated guides highlighting some of the best live music venues around the world, which Apple says can range from Vienna symphony halls to Brooklyn techno clubs. This feature lets you browse upcoming shows at any location directly in Maps, but it’s only available in select cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Tokyo, London, Paris, and others.

Set up lists appear in the “Browse” tab of Apple Music.
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Both features are powered by an integration with Shazam’s concert discovery module, which similarly provides a list of upcoming concerts from an artist page. Adding concert discovery features to Maps and Music seems like a smart move, as people may not always think to look at Shazam when looking for an artist’s upcoming shows.

Other music streaming apps like Spotify also have concert discovery features, but Spotify takes it a step further by letting users buy tickets directly from the app. Apple currently connects you to third-party ticketing sites like Ticketmaster to purchase tickets.

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