updated 06:20 pm EDT, Fri August 30, 2013
Live performances, later repeats in HD can be watched all month long
Just days ahead of the month-long concert series' launch, Apple has added video streaming to its iTunes Festival app through an update. Version 4.1 lists the video streaming as the app's only new feature, but it an important one: the update adds the ability to watch live streams of performances as they happen in London's Roundhouse concert arena, in high definition. The festival will run every night throughout September.
The iTunes Festival app provides artist bios, the latest news on the festival, schedules of the acts that will appear and now, live HD performances (with some of the concerts able to be viewed later through streaming on demand). The Apple TV app will also carry the live performances and encore performances.
The concert kicks off on Sunday, and among the headliners are Lady Gaga, Elton John, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, Avicii, Ellie Goulding, Primal Scream and Kendrick Lamar. Other acts include 30 Seconds to Mars, Phoenix, Jessie J, Jack Johnson, Qotsa, Kings of Leon, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, The Pixies, John Legend, Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, The 1975, Little Green Cars, The Family Rain, Chic and Jimmy Eat World among others.
The free app requires iOS 6.0 or later. Those with neither an iOS device or an Apple TV can also view performances and see information through iTunes' page dedicated to the festival. In all, more than 60 artists will appear across the 30 nights. News and other information on the festival can also be found through Apple's @itunesfestival twitter account.