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APP SNAP: Ticketmaster app puts traditional site to shame

Buying tickets to a concert you know is going to sell out is stressful.

When Bruce Springsteen announced his recent tour dates, I knew I had to try to get tickets right away. As a hardcore fan, I've dealt with trying to buy tickets right when they go on sale only to have Ticketmaster crash or not let me buy tickets.

This time, however, I tried a new strategy: Downloading the Ticketmaster app. I am so glad I did.

Within minutes — no, seconds — I had tickets in the third row to the show and was done. What used to be an hours-long process full of stressfully hitting the refresh button and pulling my hair out was done right away.

I don't know if there was a special ticket allotment for people who use their app or just a stroke of luck, but it was the easiest ticket-buying experience I've ever had.

The Ticketmaster app is simple and easy to use. Upon launching the app, it'll search for area concerts and sporting events. If those aren't what you want to buy tickets for, a simple search in the search bar will allow you to pick from thousands of events across the globe.

Within the app, you're able to mark some events as your favorites so you can quickly find them again for easy purchasing. I also believe the app allows the venue to scan your ticket via your phone, but I haven't tried this feature.

The only downside of the app is it can, at times, be clunky and crash. Other than that, this is a must download for anybody looking to buy concert tickets through Ticketmaster.

With as frustrating as the traditional website can be (and almost always is), the app more than makes up for it. Thanks to this app, I'll be able to see the whites of Springsteen's eyes the next time I go see him.

Four out of five stars.

Download for Android on Google Play or get the Apple version here.

Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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