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Apple’s mobile empire is wide-ranging, both in terms of products, and in terms of units sold. It’s worth remembering, though, that devices such as the iPad and the iPhone wouldn’t exist without Apple’s long-standing commitment to music. The iPad, however, has been somewhat neglected when it comes to audio.

Presumably, this state of affairs is something that developer, Clever and Son, wants to address with the release of their hot-off-the-press app, Couch Music Player. Described as “the music playback app your iPad has been crying out for,” Couch Player aims to improve on the somewhat clunky usability of the inbuilt iOS Music app. But is Couch Player anything more than a shiny new wrapper?

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Audiophiles have plenty to complain about when it comes to music players. Algorithm-based systems, such as those popularized by the likes of Pandora, lack the human element when picking selections to play. Similarly, streaming apps ⎯ including Live365 and Songza ⎯ are pre-programmed to someone else’s taste, with little chance for outside influence of the playlist. Spotify is hit or miss depending on list creators, who may or may not have the most expansive (or even good) tastes in music!

When it comes to music discovery, can a balance be struck between being controllable and being out of the box? Shuffler.fm seems to thinks so. The app uses blogs, the top curation tool of music experts, to guide listeners to new music.

Is Shuffler.fm’s method of mixing up in-the-know pros’ playlists the key to keeping listeners tuned in? Find out after the jump. (more…)

The iPad is a tool with many uses. One of my main uses for it is a performance and composition tool when I’m not near my beloved desktop/MacBook. The iPad is surprisingly powerful when it comes to handling some of the tasks I have it do with regards to music, things that are probably quite CPU intensive.

There are thousands of apps out there that allow you to compose music, but I’m going to show you 10 of the greatest ways. These apps have all been of use to me at some point, and whether you’re a current producer or simply a production enthusiast, you’ll be able to get some use out of them too. (more…)

If you are like me, you thrive on music to get you through the day. However, when you need new tunes most of us turn to word of mouth, and get our friends involved! But what if there was a better solution? What if your iPad could help you out! With these awesome apps we can discover, listen, and share these new tunes! In this roundup we have apps to help you discover and listen to new music!

So, if you are ready to rock out with new music, read this roundup and get inspired!

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With the iPad, the tools of music-making software have now been placed into the hands of anyone, regardless of knowledge or skill – all that is needed is an imagination and the will to create!

Carry on reading for 8 great examples of music-related iOS Apps that will encourage you to think about using your iPad to create music, no experience necessary…

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In recent years, iOS music-making software has undergone a swift transition from gimmick to thriving and innovative platform. It’s capable of serious audio work, exceeding what was previously thought possible with a touchscreen device, and becoming an invaluable tool for musicians along the way.

Below, we take a brief look at a selection of noteworthy iOS apps and hardware.

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