Apple Music offers the ultimate listening experience for music fans around the world, distinguished in part by its global team of expert curators and lifelong music obsessives who make a point to surface the songs and albums users have to hear. Apple Music expanded its curation efforts into live shows, introducing concert discover features on Apple Maps and Apple Music. Together, these new features celebrate the joy of live music, and give fans and artists more ways to connect.
On Maps, more than 40 new Guides, each expertly curated by Apple Music editors, highlight the best venues to experience live music in some of the world’s leading culture hubs. From landmark Viennese symphony halls to cutting-edge techno clubs in Brooklyn and Tokyo, these hand-picked selections – currently spanning over 10 cities – are all music fans need for an unforgettable night out.
Apple Music Guides also allow fans to browse venues’ upcoming shows directly form 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.
On Apple Music, the brand-new Set Lists space shines a light on a selection of major tours, letting fans listen to set lists and read about the productions. 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.
Apple Music Guides will be rolling out on Maps at apple.co/Musicenues. Featured cites include Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and San Francisco in North America; Berlin, London, Paris, and Vienna in Europe; Melbourne, and Sydney in the Asia-Pacific region, and Mexico City in Latin America.
Apple Music’s Set Lists are available at apple.co/setlists.
TechCrunch reported that these changes aim to make Apple’s services more competitive with rivals, like Spotify, which now has robust concert discovery functionality in its own app following a revamp last hair that brought a Live Events Feed that’s personalized to users’ interests.
According to TechCrunch, Apple’s new guides, however, aren’t customized for the end user – they’re curated by Apple Music editors, similar to a guidebook offering. And the Apple Music app is only personalized in the sense that fans are now able to browse shows in their local area.
TechCrunch also reported that Apple’s new Set Lists will also launch at apple.co/setlists, and will initially include artists like Sam Smith, BLACKPINK, Peso Pluma, Kane Brown, Blink-182, and Ed Sheeran. Apple didn’t provide any sense of how often these Set lists would be updated with more artists and tours, but we’d expect to see more over time.
Personally, I think that people who love going to see shows will likely find these new features to be useful. Those who cannot afford to travel to the shows can still listen to the curated playlist. That’s going to be really helpful for people who have disabilities that make traveling difficult for them.