Press Release

ArtistInfo Goes Mobile with iOS Version 

Metason launches the first release of ArtistInfo for iOS along with an update of ArtistInfo for Mac, the popular artist browser and music discovery application. ArtistInfo provides album credits for music played in iTunes, Apple Music, as well as Spotify by presenting musicians, band members, musicians' biographies, played music instruments, discographies, composers, producers, and performed musical genres. Liked artists and albums are synchronized as ‚My Favorites’ between user’s Mac, iPad and iPhone devices and can even be shared with friends via email, social media, and AirDrop.


Zurich, Switzerland - September 28th, 2015 - 
Metason today is proud to announce the first release of ArtistInfo for iOS, a port of their popular album credits, artist browser and music discovery application for Mac OS X immediately available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. ArtistInfo delivers album credits by presenting a concise overview of artists involved in musical releases. Band members, musicians' biographies, played music instruments, discographies, composers, producers, and performed musical genres are displayed in detail. ArtistInfo provides album credits for music played in iTunes, Apple Music, as well as Spotify (on Mac only). By enhancing the listening experience with contextual complements on musicians and bands, ArtistInfo favorably celebrates the role of the artists. 

Features of the new releases of ArtistInfo for Mac and iOS include:
* Album credits about musicians, composers, and producers
* Portrait photo, biography, discography, and band relations of artists
* In sync with iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify (on Mac only) 
* Playback of discovered music via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Rdio, and Youtube
* Management of favorite artists and albums among OS X and iOS devices via iCloud
* Sharing of links to artists and albums with friends via email, social media, and AirDrop

"ArtistInfo is motivated personally," explained Philipp Ackermann, developer of the ArtistInfo App. „While enjoying my digital music collection at home and mobile on the go I always missed the information about performing musicians, played music instruments, band membership, and all the rich context information about artists involved in the albums I love listening. Todays digital tools for managing and streaming music are mainly song-oriented by favoring tracks and playlists. But discovering music through musicians, band members, artist networks, and album credits is still my preferred way to dive into the musical world.“

ArtistInfo uses Web Services and data sources such as Wikipedia, MusicBrainz, Discogs, Metason, and iTunes Store to mash-up relevant information on musicians, composers, producers, albums, instruments, and musical genres. Within ArtistInfo most liked artists and albums may be managed in a 'My Favorites' list - independent of having tracks locally in the iTunes music collection. ’My Favorites' lists are synchronized among all personal iOS and OS X devices via iCloud. Users can share their favorites with friends via email, social media, and AirDrop. Such personal tipps are sent as rich messages with portrait or cover image, detailed text, and a direct link to load the recommendation within the receiver’s ArtistInfo App. Playback of discovered artists, albums and songs is achieved by a simple click. Music playback is first looking for corresponding songs in the local iTunes collection. When not found ArtistInfo will check the availability of songs in Apple Music or Spotify. If still no song is found ArtistInfo is searching on Youtube.

ArtistInfo for iOS will run on iOS 8 and later. It is available for free world-wide on the App Store in the category Music. ArtistInfo can be upgraded from the free to the unlimited version as an in-app purchase priced at 1.99 USD/1.99 EUR/2.00 CHF (or equivalent amount in other currencies).

ArtistInfo for Mac will run on OS X 10.9 and later. It is available for purchase world-wide on Apple's Mac App Store in the category Music at appstore.com/mac/artistinfo. ArtistInfo is priced at 5.99 USD/5.99 EUR/6.00 CHF (or equivalent amount in other currencies).

 

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About Metason
Metason was funded early 2013 in Zurich by Philipp Ackermann and is focused on software development
of music applications. 

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GET ARTISTINFO

ArtistInfo for Mac is available for
macOS & OS X 10.9 and later. 

ArtistInfo for iPad & iPhone is
available for iOS 8 and later.

 

NEWS

Listen to Music in ArtistInfo for Web
May 2017: Current release of ArtistInfo for Web includes prelistening of album tracks and of artist's most popular songs and Youtube videos. Start discovered album tracks directly in your subscribed Apple Music or Spotify apps at music.metason.net 

ArtistInfo for Web visually enhanced
April 2017: New release of ArtistInfo for Web includes visual charts for genres, instruments, band members and discography. Check it out at music.metason.net 

More content for ArtistInfo
March 2017: Updated Metason database now includes 1.5 Mio artists and 3.8 Mio. albums. 

ArtistInfo for iOS 1.8 with iMessage and Today Extensions
Oct 2016: New release of ArtistInfo for iOS with iMessage extension, Today extension and 3D Touch Quick Actions.  More...

IS IT FOR ME?

Are you a music lover, a fan of bands and musicians, an afi­cio­nado of Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz…? Then ArtistInfo provides you with context information about your favorite artists.

"Who played those groovy bass lines on the album that I am listening to?"
"What are the members of that cool band?"
"Which horn player performed that great sax solo on this track?"
"Who composed that song?"
"With whom else has my favorite musician played with?"
"What other albums were released by this guitar player?"

ArtistInfo helps you to find out and to discover the inspiring world of music.

VIDEO

See ArtistInfo for Mac in action!

MAIN FEATURES

- Browse musicians & bands
- Check album credits
- Look over famous artists
- Discover artists on albums
- See their discographies
- Find recommended albums
- Explore musical genres
- Visualize artist relations
- Listen to discovered songs
- Manage your favorites
- Share with your friends 
- View videos on YouTube
- View musical instruments
- Find upcoming concerts

ARTISTNET VISUALIZATION

Relations among Musicians
ArtistInfo for Mac provides a new way to explore the network of musicians established by playing together in bands and on albums. 

REVIEWS

Reviews of ArtistInfo in English: 

Reviews of ArtistInfo in German:

 

 

PRESENTATION SLIDES

Presentation on "ArtistInfo - Motivation and Technical Background" held April 16th, 2014. Download as PDF.

ARTISTNET AS WEB PAGE

The ArtistNet visualization generated by ArtistInfo for Mac can be exported to stand-alone Web pages. Try out the following examples:

Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Group
India.Arie
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Metallica
The Brand New Heavies
Peter Erskine
Kenny Wheeler
Michael Bucher
- Michael Gassmann