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Google Calendar Sync with Reverbnation . . . is it Possible?!

I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to sync the reverbnation show schedule calendar with my google calendar so that all of my dates i enter in work with my droid. I've tried to export the CSV file through the RN site and when I import to Google Calendar I get the message "Failed to import events: Unable to process your iCal/CSV file.." Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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  • My use is slightly different being a venue, but have tried embracing Reverb Nation as overall, it's a pretty well thought out service. I use Google Cal for all my tentative and confirmed bookings. You can create a Facebook event from RN, so why not find a way to import Google Cal to make a RN and Facebook? Or even have RN be able to create a Google Cal entry? It's just so insanely time consuming having to enter things multiple times, in different formats, etc.
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  • Neal (Official Rep) January 24, 2013 12:54
    If not having this feature prevents someone from using the site, I greatly apologize for that. That stinks. I agree with you. However, for a complete all out sync, we don't have the option to build that into the site at this time. I'm not sure what else I can say about it. I can tell you we hope to have an individual show export option in the near future. I can also provide a workaround that will convert an RSS feed (publicly available in each users Show Schedule page) to iCal - which can then easily be imported into Outlook, iCal, Google Calendar and more.

    http://www.textbox1.com/apps/rss-to-i...

    Beyond that, this thread will be monitored, but I will only be posting updates to any of the above, or the overall issue, which I have made sure development is aware of.

    Cheers
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    Because the format of the exported Revernation CSV file is not correct for Google Calendar I was having to manage two separate CSV databases for uploading to these sites.

    I have not yet closed my Reverbnation account, but I gave up on its calendar long ago because of this issue. I play 200 gigs a year and this sole issue about syncing has made Reverbnation useless and irrelevant to me.

    Now, knowing that no fix is coming, I might as well close my account.
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    I probably explained this many moons ago but here's my deal...

    I've got a Mac, iPhone, iPad etc... and iCloud (but you can do this with ANY setup I'm sure). I can enter a date on my iPhone (or ANY device) and it gets pushed everywhere (including my home computer and Google Calendar). I enter ONCE and update everything including the embedded Google Calendar on my website and everything is always current.

    It's perfect.

    All I need RN to do is READ my Google Calendar feed and populate its calendar with the values... it's not rocket science. MANY other apps and sites can READ a Google Calendar. It has nothing at all to do with entering my gigs on RN and writing it out to Google Calendar or anywhere else.

    Parsing a feed... so simple.

    However I understand that it is now moot and won't comment further.
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  • I’m just wasting time
    Wow I really do love this idea as well! This is great! I would also love it if Reverbnation could Read my Google calendar! You are correct Rob. Google's system is a great one indeed, As long as your calendar is public adding it to your RN would be easy and with other artist doing the same would allow for easier collaborations etc. Imagine being able to fan someone and add their calendar so you never miss a thing! Our local public school system here in nowhereville has a Google calendar that I can add to my calendar! You are right this isn't rocket science! -LB-
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  • I’m frustrated
    As allowing our RN calendar to be synced using Google Calendar's feed is now not being considered at all, it really does mean that there is no reason to keep an RN account open.

    It is extremely easy to read the data that Google Calendar supplies in either ical, or xml and then parse that data into another format. It is unfortunate that RN is refusing to consider allowing this.
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  • Neal (Official Rep) April 25, 2013 20:01
    Hi All-

    Many of you have asked about a Show Schedule Sync feature. We heard your voices and spent some time trying to figure out a solution that would make your lives easier. I'm happy to report that it is now available.

    Beginning today, you can easily and automatically get your ReverbNation shows on your Personal Calendar. Here's how:

    1. We generate a URL for each artist that contains your unique ReverbNation show schedule as an ics. file. Learn more about .ics files here
    2. Choose your preferred personal calendar service (we callout the most popular ones like Google, Outlook, Yahoo and iCal. But you can use your unique URL with almost any service)
    3. Add your URL to your personal calendar with complete step-by-step instructions.

    Once setup, your new shows and show edits on ReverbNation will be synced to your personal calendar without ever having to update it. Additionally, you can give your fans your ReverbNation Show Schedule URL so they always know when & where you're playing (and can set reminders in their preferred calendaring service!).

    You can find this new feature in the Shows > Show Schedule area of your Dashboard. Click the "Sync Schedule" button. Or just click here

    **Please note that this feature will not import shows from your personal calendar. We suggest keeping your ReverbNation Show Schedule up-to-date and using this feature - in combination with our dynamic HTML5 Show Schedule Widget and Upcoming Shows Facebook App - to populate your schedule everywhere else on the web.

    Hope that helps, and we appreciate you using the site!
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  • I posted over 3 years ago on this and have been following ever since with every response hoping to see the one I read today. I have done this and it works great on Google and iCal. You have just made my life more in sync and I can't thank you enough for this update! Thank You!
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    Why are you forcing us to use RN's Calendar functions? Why can we not simply use a feed from the calendaring solution we choose to feed our RN Calendar? It is a PITA to enter dates on RN. Especially if you perform in multiple bands or are guesting at a date.
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    Reverbnation needs to import FROM google calendar!

    Like many here, I have my band on reverbnation and do like some of the features it offers... but I haven't used it in about a year because of it's lack of show import support.

    The simple truth is RN's show/calendar creation is a pain and I won't use it to enter shows. Period. Google calendar is a much better tool for this, which is why so many bands use google calendar.

    I realize RN wants us to use their calendar tool to keep control over the data... but tough. Please build us what WE want and we'll gladly use your site.
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    • Neal (Official Rep) July 29, 2013 22:54
      Thanks for the feedback, Rob, and sorry that this solution does not work for you. If you make ReverbNation your master show calendar, you can push your shows anywhere and everywhere that accepts a .cal feed. Unfortunately, we can't just parse RSS/XML feed from Google as you describe, as we can't ingest a text string in the description of an event that you create on Google Calendar. It needs to be mapped to a unique artist/venue page on our end, so we would need this information in a more specific format (this is why we offer CSV import options). If Google allowed ReverbNation to map those fields to tags in event descriptions, then we could make it happen. Currently, they don't. Apologies for the inconvenience
    • No Neal, this is not true. You COULD parse and map anything to anything... it's just more difficult. RN does not prioritize this feature is all. And the reason is understandable... just not commendable.
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  • Thanks for the reply Neal but I have to go with The BriarPickers,

    Something like this is EASILY possible. I'll admit it might take some due diligence on our part as users to make sure we enter all the info and properly tag whatever is needed by RN but I've been a PERL dev for 10+ years and parsing RSS/XML feeds from Google as I've described, and ingesting a text string in the description of an event that we create is 100% possible. For you to deny this is 100% BS! You should offer the option.

    I understand if RN wants to try and force us into its environment as our primary source of services but please just admit this.

    It kinda sucks on your part.

    Again, I appreciate your time and your attention to this issue. I've given over money (a few hundred dollars?) to RN in ad money, but I won't again on. This is crap.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Honestly I'm not married to the google calendar, but I am totally stuck with RN's events calendar as the primary calendar right now, and it's a pain, for sure. Give me a way to update my events from a smart phone, on a simple calendar interface. One that works for venue's as well as artists. PLEASE!!!!!!

    Please....
    and Thank You.
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  • I’m still bummed
    Still ignoring RN until this topic gets handled. I gig A LOT and RN comes up in discussion with musicians and venue personnel regularly. I always steer other players from RN because of the extremely idiotic calendar situation. What a shame that those in charge at RN should be so inept.
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  • I just "unfollowed" this topic as RN has made it clear that what I want will not be implemented. Fair enough... but this means RN is just another stale music site with no real relevance.
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  • I am a solo artist in 4 bands, and write my own music. I am only looking for an opportunity to showcase my music on RN, my ambient music videos, and track my various shows. I don't need to import anything, and just do a very simple calendar. Now that I have a musicians page off my solo page, it is even more important that a very basic calendar be added.
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  • Neal, as a venue I have found the "sync schedule" option is not available like it is for my band. Seems like it would be simple to offer this feature for venues with your code already in place. I can use the textbox1.com workaround you posted, but it would be nice to eliminate that extra step that always needs to be remembered. Thank you.
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  • Well, still no calendar option for the Musicians Pages. Odd that RN lists past gigs but not those in the future. Would be a nice addition for those of us who happen to be in more than one band - a simple piece of HTML code should be able to solve this?
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  • Mike R (Official Rep) April 08, 2014 11:59
    Thanks for reaching out Dave! Musician pages are still fairly new and our developers intend to continue building it out, I will happily pass along your suggestion for you. You make a great point there.

    Singers, we really appreciate your post as well. There is a plan in place to give Venue profiles much more attention this year as well and we should hopefully be able to add this feature into their build.

    Thanks!
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