Feel like rocking out? Now you can carry around your favorite concerts in your pocket with a new iOS app, Moshcam.
The free app, launched Thursday, gives you instant access to more than 1,200 hours of live music from a roster of bands including The Decemberists, Jane’s Addiction, Blondie, Public Enemy, and Flogging Molly.
The shows can be watched on-demand on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as well as played on your television through Apple TV.
Founded in 2007, Moshcam has been recording major international and local artists at key venues in Sydney — and, since 2011, in London, New York and Los Angeles. Moshcam has international partnerships with Sony Bravia (global), Hulu (US), Vevo (global) and Google TV, and currently sees more than a million global visits per month to check out the virtual performances.
Thursday’s release is Moshcam’s first step into the world of mobile.
All the gigs are recorded and can be viewed in HD. They are streamed from Moshcam rather than stored natively on your handset. For optimal viewing —and preserving your data plan– you’ll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi data connection when you’re streaming a performance.
If you try to stream somewhere where your data connection is not so hot, the audio-only version will kick in. So you can still listen to tunes even though you can’t see them.
Downloading the free app gives you access to 5 performances of your choice from Moshcam’s pretty extensive catalog. Once you unlock a gig it’s yours to watch as many times and as often as you’d like, and additional gigs can be purchased for $1.99 per performance. Each show can be viewed in its entirety, or you can select an individual track from a menu screen to skip to that portion for the performance.
Moshcam says that its current most popular gigs are performances by Jane’s Addiction, The Decemberists, The Dresden Dolls, Tegan and Sara, Megadeth, Gary Numan, The Kills, Blondie and The Pretenders. While the app is currently iOS only, Moshcam also has plans to release an Android version in the near future.
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