YouTube Launches Photo App, Lets Viewers Snap & Share Instagram-Style Pictures Of Live Music

By Megan O'Neill 

YouTube isn’t just about video anymore.  Over the weekend they launched a brand new custom camera application called FRONTROW that lets viewers snap photos of live streamed performances, just as if they were actually attending the event.  The app was launched as part of Vivid LIVE, an annual music event at the Sydney Opera House.

Ernesto Soriano of YouTube Australia writes on the YouTube blog, “During the livestream, not only can you sit back and enjoy the tunes of some renowned musicians, you can also participate right from your desktop!  In a world first, you can take photos of the event through FRONTROW camera app: zoom in and out to change your view, take photos during the live stream, apply filters and immediately share on your social networks.”

Check out the video below to see FRONTROW in action:

FRONTROW kicked off last Friday, but there are still a couple of events scheduled for later in the week that you can tune into to check it out (though you may have to wake up pretty early, depending upon where you live).  On Thursday, May 31 at 9:50pm AEST / 4:50am PST you can tune in to see The Temper Trap debut their new album in the Concert Hall.  On Saturday, June 2 at 9:00am AEST / 4:00am PST you can tune in to see Brazilian electronica mastermind Amon Tobin perform.  Head over to to find out more.

Have you had a chance to try out FRONTROW yet?  If not, will you be tuning in later this week to check it out?  What do you think of YouTube getting into this Instagram-style video sharing technology?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.