One of the best things about using an iPad is the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts celebrate these apps.
This week’s pick is iTunes Festival London 2012, Apple’s companion app for the annual iTunes music festival – which is being held in London again this year. Here’s a slice of its App Store description:
30 nights of live music.
Watch the shows free with the iTunes Festival App.
This September, the iTunes Festival brings you a full month of spectacular live music. Many of the world’s biggest stars and brightest newcomers have graced the festival stage, and this year’s brilliant line-up includes P!NK, elbow, One Direction, and more. It will all take place in September 2012 at one of the UK’s best live music venues—the Roundhouse in London.
Watch the shows live—or view them afterwards for a limited time —on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with this app or on your computer with iTunes. You can also stream the concerts to your big screen wirelessly using AirPlay and your Apple TV.
This is actually our first repeat pick in the Best Free iPad App of the Week series, as I also chose last year’s iTunes Festival London 2011 app last July. I got many hours of enjoyment out of that app and it helped my daughter and I become huge fans of Adele. Before she was all over the radio and massively popular we were watching her sing live in this iTunes Festival app.
The 2012 version of the app offers:
— A calendar view of the schedule for all the live shows running from today (with Usher being the headliner) through September 30. You can tap on any of the calendar squares to see a popover showing the artists performing that day, and with another tap on an artist name you get a popover with a brief artist profile including song previews.
— An Artists section with an alphabetical listing of all the artists set to appear at the festival – and a mini profile page for each.
— The Live section – where, as the name implies, you can watch the live performances each day. These actually played very well last year. The app supports AirPlay so you can stream the live shows to a big screen TV via Apple TV. There’s also a Highlights sub-section to catch up on any of the shows you don’t manage to catch live.
— A News section with all the latest festival related news, including late additions to the lineup of shows.
— The About section – which provides a brief intro to the festival and its venue – The Roundhouse in Camden – and a thumbnails slider of highlights from previous iTunes festivals.
This year’s lineup for the iTunes Festival in London looks impressive too, and seems to offer another good mix of a handful of big names like Alicia Keys, Usher, Muse, Norah Jones, Jack White, and Pink along with lots of rising stars and newer artists. Among the newer acts I’m especially looking forward to seeing Emile Sandé and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. And it kicks off today.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.