Leading mobile entertainment provider go2 has added music offerings, “the industry’s first complete mobile music portal with national coverage and local concert recommendations.” The site is accessible with your mobile at http://m.go2.com (no www.) Start by entering your location by city or ZIP code and you’re ready to find local music events and news. Once there, you can also add an app to your phone. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see the music link. Click and you’re presented with a page of go2 Picks, New Music, Upcoming Concerts and Music News. The Upcoming Concerts category can also be navigated by day of the week – very handy. Towards the bottom of the page, you can enter an artist or venue and get local, upcoming results.
Browse by Genre
Towards the bottom (underneath the search option), you’ll see a link for genre. Just pick among Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Indie, Country and more. You’ll get listings in order, by date. Click a result and you see the venue and details (phone number, address) a map and driving directions, and what’s nearby – restaurants, bars, theaters, taxi and transportation services, hotels and more.
Browse by Venue
I believe that, often times, the venue can make or break the show. So, I really like this feature. When you click the venue link, you can enter the venue name to search, or pick among theater, bar, amphitheater, nightclub, Stadium and more. When searching, I’ve found that it’s spelling-sensitive. It’s best to either have the exact name, or leave out “the,” “theater” and the like. Once you see your venue, click and you get all the upcoming shows. Click on the concert and get venue details, maps and directions. You also get – and this is huge for me – a list of supporting acts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve scrambled to find out who’s playing before the main show.
I couldn’t be more impressed. I’m a heavy mobile user, and a heavy music consumer. The site is clean, easy to use and fast (go to their website to work with a demo “phone,” pictured at right.) It’s stripped down perfectly for my phone (a BlackBerry Pearl) so load time isn’t hindered by too many images. That said, it may be over simplistic for upper end devices like iPhones or G1’s. But for me, when all is said and done, it’s hands down the best mobile music portal out there.