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iLike Expands D.I.Y. Artist & Concert iPhone Apps

LOS ANGELES (Hypebot) –
iLike has been using iPhone apps to extend its reach for several months with some solid results. In May, iLike announced a turnkey system enabling d.i.y. creation iPhone apps featuring concert dates, video messages, photos, blogs, bulletins, games, and exclusive content. Artists post content on the app via the iLike Artist Dashboard which is 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 205 plus artists who have created iPhone apps using the platform include Jack Johnson, Enrique Iglesias, John Butler Trio, Jimmy Cliff, Lady Antebellum and Michael Franti.

iLike’s Local Concerts app, already the top-ranking free concerts app in the iTunes App Store, 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.
  • Social Hooks: Users can share concert information with friends via email without leaving within the app.

    More on the iLike D.I.Y. iPhone App from the press release

    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.
  • No Technology Headaches: iLike maintains a technology platform and team that supports artist apps, alleviating the need for an artist to hire programmers and designers whenever an update is needed.
  • Post Once, Publish Everywhere: Participating artists sync their presence on iLike, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and beyond, rather than posting redundant content multiple times.
  • Marketing: iLike promotes artist-created apps to its more than 50 million users, with 500,000 new users being added weekly.
  • Pricing: Artists select their own price point and pay nothing upfront or for ongoing updates and maintenance. Instead, there is a revenue sharing model.

    In addition to artist iPhone apps, iLike’s “post once, publish everywhere” model helps artists reach their fans among more than 50 million music fans across the iLike network, including iLike’s leading music applications on iGoogle, Facebook, hi5, Bebo, Orkut, and iLike plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player.