Giggle released a beta version of their music and event recommendation software that currently works only with Apple's iTunes software and the event recommendations seem to be exclusively for locations in Great Britain. A registration is required before you can start Giggle for the first time. Giggle is picking up songs that are playing in iTunes automatically and is scanning its database for music recommendations. Up to four recommendations are shown in the main interface.
Each recommendation displays the cover artwork, name of the band and three icons. While the first icon does not seem to do anything the other two are linking directly to the iTunes store page of that band and to a event finder that is displaying the upcoming events for the artist or group. I had best results with well known groups and songs, especially those from Britain.
Most did not return recommendations yet. This will surely change over time when more users download and use the software. The events sometimes take some time to load and are currently only suggesting locations in Britain. Events are also accessible through their own icon at the top which does make sense because no one is going to play one song, switch to Giggle to see if there are any events and then continue playing songs.
The link displays all band names with events and users can switch to the recommendations that only display events of artists that have been played by the user. Events are directly linking to ticket shops on the Internet.
Giggle does offer something new and I really like the idea of event recommendations or reminders. If they manage to add events for a larger audience, say all of Europe and North America they surely could become a very popular service. Another feature that I would like to see is that Giggle will be compatible to additional music players like Winamp and XMPlay.
If you currently live in the UK you can already use Giggle. Everyone else should wait until they manage to add events for your country.
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