By Julia Meisterknecht, Paul Schumacher, Veronica Loskutova, and A* Meye*
Bandsintown is a service that promotes the music industry through tour announcements, live concert news, interviews with artists and bands, live music reviews, and concert ticket purchases. It tracks users’ location data and syncs with a variety of apps (Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc.) to “scan” users’ music preferences. After this data is aggregated, the platform develops its own complex predictive algorithms that help it suggest new music, concerts, and relevant personalized information to users. Through Bandsintown, fans, musicians, promoters, and band managers all have close contact with one another.
While Bandsintown takes advantage of big data in many ways, it still has a lot of potential to grow over time as it continues to collect and process more and more data. Its current use of big data is harnessed in a way that makes most users feel safe and secure, and it benefits musicians and workers of the music industry. Overall, the benefits seem to greatly outweigh the drawbacks; the service that Bandsintown provides is crucial to all parties and stakeholders involved. However, in the near future, the capabilities of the company must expand to accommodate for the increase in users and the respective increase in data that needs to be collected and analyzed. In order to achieve such a goal, Bandsintown might soon have to charge more money for its services.