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Apple Releases Revamped iTunes Festival App Ahead of SXSW, iOS 7.1 Not Required

Apple today updated its iTunes Festival app to version 5.0, ahead of next week's SXSW iTunes Festival, which kicks off on Tuesday, March 11. As noted by MacStories, the iTunes Festival app shows up in the iTunes Store with a revamped icon and is listed as having a "refreshed design" and support for SXSW, but the app isn't available for download in the U.S. just yet.

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Clicking on the download link results in an error message that asks users to try again later, but it will presumably be downloadable shortly. Users in other countries have been able to download the app with iOS 7.0.6, suggesting SXSW streaming does not require iOS 7.1 as was reported earlier this week.

Apple's SXSW iTunes Festival is the first it has hosted in the United States, with previous iTunes Festivals occurring annually in London. The festival will offer five free nights of music, beginning on March 11 at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. Featured artists include Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and more.

All of Apple's iTunes Festival concerts are presented for free, with tickets available via a lottery system. Live and on-demand streams of the shows will be available through the revamped iTunes Festival app and the Apple TV.

Update 2:07 PM PST: The iTunes Festival app can now be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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21 weeks ago
So much for Gruber's stellar record!
Rating: 19 Votes
21 weeks ago
There go any hopes of getting 7.1 anytime soon....
Rating: 13 Votes
21 weeks ago
That little birdie was wrong!
Rating: 11 Votes
21 weeks ago
So much for all those stories of needing iOS 7.1

Rating: 10 Votes
21 weeks ago

I dont even know anymore


Hope in humanity is gone.
Rating: 9 Votes
21 weeks ago

7.1 will be released when it's ready... If they rushed it you'd complain and taking too long means more complaining...

I've worked on 7.1 Beta 1-5, let me tell you - You don't want it until it's ready...

Ugh. Stop being so awkwardly condescending.

Of course he wants it when it's ready. He wants it because rumours were that it'd be ready in the first week of March.

Second, 7.0 has been out for almost 8 months with crappy performance. Taking 8 months is not 'rushing'.
Rating: 9 Votes
21 weeks ago

7.1 will be released when it's ready... If they rushed it you'd complain and taking too long means more complaining...



I've worked on 7.1 Beta 1-5, let me tell you - You don't want it until it's ready...



At this point they are hardly rushing anything. 7.1 has been in beta longer than 7.0. I've been a longtime Apple fan and 7.0.X is the worse release by far I can remember. I thought Android was a buggy OS with occasional errors and app crashes but iOS 7 takes the cake. I love my 5S but I'm VERY ready for the stability every other iOS release has had for me. This is SIX months of a terrible user experience. 2 5S and an iPad Air. All 3 get multiple Safari crashes everyday, random resets, ect. Apple should be working as hard as they can to fix this ASAP.
Rating: 7 Votes
21 weeks ago

There go any hopes of getting 7.1 anytime soon....


I consider myself very loyal to Apple and their products. That being said, I truly can't understand why they are dragging their feet with this update. My iPhone 5s and iPad Air restart at least 2-3 times a day, the music on my phone constantly erases itself, and of course there are the other many known bugs in the current software.

This is driving me nuts! I paid a premium to get a 64GB iPhone to store my music on. I am being forced to stream my music from the cloud because of a glitch that should have been corrected MONTHS ago. I have done a clean restore of my phone and that temporarily fixes the issue but it ALWAYS returns.

I am clearly venting and apologize to everyone lol. This is just making me incredibly annoyed!
Rating: 7 Votes
21 weeks ago
iOS 7.1 might as well be Half-Life 3. This is insane.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 weeks ago

iOS 7.1 beta 5 is way better than 7.0.6 in lots of way. Yes, iOS 7.1 probably won't magically solve every problem of we encountered so far, but it is night and day difference.

Just downgrade from beta 5 to 7.0.6 for the SSL fix, what an ugly mess iOS 7.0.6 is.


Counter-intuitively, 7.0.x feels a lot more like a beta than 7.1 beta ever since beta 2.
Rating: 5 Votes

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