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Makers of “Band of the Day” App Do Events and Ticketing With New App Applauze

Finding local things to do is naturally mobile, and one of the better app shops in the biz is taking a stab at what a great mobile-first event app would do.


Applauze, launching today for iOS, includes tools for finding both paid and free events, making plans with friends and buying tickets.

The application’s creator, Mountain View, Calif.-based 955 Dreams, had previously created the innovative iPad app, History of Jazz, and the popular Band of the Day app, which has been downloaded 4.6 million times for iPhone.

Applauze includes nice touches like finding events based on scanning the user’s music library, and browsing events by flipping through an image-heavy accordion-style interface. But perhaps the most useful feature is that the app has built-in ticket buying, rather than sending users off to battle terribly formatted non-mobile ticketing sites.

In addition to the design work, 955 Dreams has poured much effort into scoring partnerships for ticketing of concerts, sports and theater events in 25 U.S. cities — though at first glance it seems to have more variety than comprehensiveness.

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