Notification System for New Albums and Concert Performances from Artists You Like

I have so many apps, programs, websites, tools, etc etc that I use related to music (I listed them out below).

But I’m still missing a functionality I really want… and that is: a notification system when an artist I follow is about to release new material, or is about to perform in my area! If anyone knows of something reliable that provides this data, I’d love to hear about it.

Muspy is supposed to tell when artists release new material, but its unreliable. It misses a lot of data, or sends it late, and duplicates data (for other country releases).

Last.fm has listings on artist performances, but its incomplete and hard to get at the data. It relies on artists/users to upload the information regarding tour dates. Also, it doesn’t have a notifcation system for when artists you like are coming to your area. You’re left with hoping you visit the artist’s page at the right time.

Here’s the things I’ve used related to music:

  • Last.fm (web, desktop, mobile)
  • Pandora (web, mobile, desktop “OpenPandora”)
  • Grooveshark (web, desktop, mobile)
  • Spotify (desktop, mobile)
  • iPod (mobile)
  • iTunes (desktop)
  • Windows Media Player (desktop)
  • Youtube (web, mobile)
  • iHeartRadio (mobile, web)
  • iLike (mobile, web)
  • mySpace (web)
  • Muspy (web)
  • 8tracks (web)
  • AllMusic (web)
  • Playlistify (web)
  • Shazam (mobile)
  • Soundhound (mobile)
  • BingMusic (mobile)

Then there is of course, the more traditional avenues: FM radio, Satelite radio, Television, Concerts, and Coffee Shops.

It’s crazy how often and in how many different ways we have access to music! In another article, I’ll attempt to summarize everything that these tools are trying to accomplish, and every functionality one could possibly want related to music.

Runs Not Syncing to Nike+ Plus from iPod/iTunes/iPhone


If it wasn’t for Nike+ Plus, I wouldn’t run at all. The fact that I can have some sort of geeky tech toy with me when I run makes all the difference in the world for me. The only problem is that recently, my runs have not been syncing with nikeplus.com when I connect my iPod or iPhone to iTunes after going for a run.

I haven’t changed the way that I do anything, I always used to just plug in my iPod when I returned from a run, and the run data would be automatically sent to nikeplus.com, but within the past few months, I’ve noticed sporadic problems with run data not being sent/synced to nikeplus.com from iTunes.

Has anyone encountered this same problem? Here are some of the specs of the hardware and software I’m using:

  • I’ve had the problem on both my PC and my Mac computer.
  • I’ve had the problem with both my iPod Nano and my iPhone.
  • I use Firefox on both my PC and my Mac, however, I still have the same problem when using Internet Explorer on my PC and when I use Safari on my Mac. I went as far as changing my PC’s default browser to Internet Explorer and my Mac’s default browser to Safari. Neither seemed to fix anything.
  • I have the most recent version of iTunes on both machines – iTunes 9.1

USA Spec PA11-HON2y vs. Honda Music Link for iPhone and iPod Touch


Every so often, I get a bug in my system where I just have to tweak or modify something in my car. Now, out of nowhere, I have suddenly got the urge to integrate my iPhone with Honda Pilot. The trouble that I’m having right now, is trying to decide which adapter will work best (if at all) with my iPhone. After a bit of research, my two possible options are:

  • USA Spec PA11-HON2y
  • Honda Music Link

After some research, it seems that the Honda Music Link doesn’t currently support the iPhone or iPod Touch, though I’m still a little bit more inclined to purchase this version. But on the other hand, it seems like the USA Spec PA11-HON2y product natively supports both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. So that’s my dilemma. Do any of you have either the Honda Music Link or the USA Spec PA11-HON2y installed in your Honda?

Both of these products are said to work with all new model Honda vehicles:

  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Element
  • Honda Fit
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Honda S2000