SeatGeek (iTunes, free) is a new iOS app (and companion website) that allows you view and purchase sports and concert tickets from your iPhone. It aggregates listings from 120+ ticket brokers, including eBay, TicketsNow and Ticket Exchange and features a really clean and easy to navigate UI.
The iOS app, released today, is functional but minimalist in its freshman release. It allows you to search for events by keyword or by proximity to your location, then view and purchase tickets by a series of dots plotted on seating chart. SeatGeek for iOS has a pretty slick Deal Score algorithm that determines whether a ticket is "a bargain or a ripoff" by comparing similar tickets even when their in different section. It then colors the dots by the best deal available.
The SeatGeek website is better though. It allows you to create a login and connect to you Spotify and Last.fm accounts. Then it imports your list of artists and creates alerts based on artists that you listen to.
The iOS app is a good first effort, but I'd like to see some additional standalone features that don't require going to the website. I hope that the next version adds the ability to add my favorite artists, venues, cities and genres directly in-app. It should also display a push notification when one of my artists announces a show at a venue that's close to me or one of my favorite cities.
SeatGeek founder Russell D'Souza tells me that the 1.0 iOS app is just the start:
"We wanted to do one feature really well for the first version of our iPhone app and all our focus went to our interactive stadium maps. We'll be adding features like tracking artists, push notifications, user authentication, etc.. in the coming weeks."