Timbre – n. The character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity.

IMG_0051This very unique app gives you not only the opportunity to purchase concert tickets, but also gives you the chance to sample the music of the group before making a decision. Here’s how the app works.

You open the app for the first time and are given the option to either type in your location, or allow Timbre to access your location through Location Services. Once your location is established, Timbre displays a timeline-type list of musical acts coming to your area. Along the left side of the screen, the dates of the performances appear as you scroll through the list.

When you make your selection, Journey for example, the app opens a new screen with album artwork from that artist and the app begins playing a sample of that artist’s music. This feature was very impressive to me at first and then became increasingly more impressive when I discovered that Timbre cycles through many samples of music. The samples are only about 30 seconds long, but if you are looking at going to a concert and aren’t sure if you like the music, it’s a good way to get an idea of what the artist is like.

IMG_0053In addition to being able to listen to a music sample, when you tap the screen on the artist page, a couple of options appear. The first is an icon of a ticket stub. If you tap that icon, it takes you to a new page within the app, which is powered by SeatGeek. This page allows you to view suggested seats at the selected concert. If you decide to purchase them, you can do so directly from the app.

The other option that appears on the artist page is the social sharing icon. Timbre gives users the option of sharing the artist and concert data with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and SMS.

I really enjoyed this app and I’m glad I found it. I’m not a huge concert goer, but I love having this information easily accessible on my phone. If you are a music fan, you should download this app.