If there was one thing I wish I had more time for, it would be seeing concerts. There’s just not enough time or money to see every band, but then there’s the internet, and the ability to stream gigs for free.
Apple is going to help out with that last part, though, getting ready for 30 days of music in the month of September as the eighth iTunes Festival gears up.
This year, Apple’s free music festival will feature over 60 acts, watchable in person for people who win tickets and can see the performances in London, or online for the rest of us.
That last part probably means you — us too, actually — with the gigs streaming live through Apple TV and an iTunes Festival app that will run on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. If you miss the live performance, it will also be available through the app on-demand, bringing the performance to your ears when you want it, not just when the musicians take the stage.
“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services.
“These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”
That “stunning line-up” includes some pretty popular acts, including Beck (September 2) , Kasabian (September 5), Calvin Harris (September 7), Robert Plant (September 8), Pharrell Williams (September 10), Maroon 5 (September 11), Blondie (September 16), and Kylie Minogue (September 27), with a whole bunch of others also performing before these main acts.
The music will go live every day in September — a new act every night, actually — so look for it then, provided you have access to an Apple TV or one of Apple’s iOS-based products, as that’s the requirement to see the gigs. Sorry Android, Windows, and Mac OS users.