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If I could think of one thing that I never did much on my iPad, it would probably be using it as a music player. I had a phone that did the same thing, so why bother? It used to be the farthest thing from my mind as I was busy using the iPad for other things like games, productivity, and reading.

That is, of course, until I came upon a little app known as Planetary.

Listening to music on an iOS device usually meant having to scroll through endless lists of songs and the occasional grid of album art. Isn’t it about time we moved away from all that and tried something new?


Playlists are an integral part of any music junkie’s life. There are playlists for rainy days, road trips, and weddings, and each song serves to compliment an overall theme. Unfortunately, I find that the second half of my playlists are often neglected due to lack of time. The iPad music app doesn’t allow me to add a bookmark to a playlist, so I find myself starting over every time I return to my playlist.

Sticky Playlists is a universal app by Mysterious Trousers that attempts to address the forgetfulness of the native music app by allowing the user to pick up exactly where he or she left off.


As a student, I am always on the go jumping from class to class, or hopping the bus to get across campus. My schedule does not work in tandem with my compositional desires. I used to revert to my voice recorder to try to grab any kind of melody that would pop into my head, until I met Symphony Pro for the iPad.

Symphony Pro is a fully-fledged music notation app designed exclusively for the iPad. With the portability of Apple’s tablet device, and the ease of use of iOS, let’s see how anyone can sit down and notate professional-looking sheet music on the go.


For many of our parents, being able to carry around a dozen or so songs in a front pocket was amazing. When the iPod arrived, that number was increased to a thousand songs. Now, you can have more memory devoted to music than anything else on your computer. Still, sometimes it feels like it isn’t enough.

Let’s face it: we want every song. Not only do we want every song, but we want them now, delivered straight into our eardrums. Rdio is as close as we can get to that dream, and we’ve got a review of their iPad app.


There are plenty of ways to discover new music nowadays: pretty much any music-related app will try to recommend you new artists based on your taste, and that isn’t even counting the media and most importantly, your friend’s recommendations. There are also plenty of ways to find information and videos from your favorite artists on your iPad.

However, is there any way to do all of those with one simple app? If you’d like to have an all-round music app that can help you find information, videos, and much more stuff from your favorite artists while navigating a simple and pretty iPad app, then you might be interested in Groovebug. Let’s take a look!


Music and tech geeks alike have long discussed the usability of the iPad as a music production device. There has been debate over the viability of recording accessories like Apogee Jam or the iRig. Many musicians, however, cast that confusion aside in favor of self-contained electronic music production. And sometimes, all you need is the right suite of apps to turn the iPad into an electronic music studio.

Today I’m going to take a look at Looptastic HD, a loop recording app that is part of the production suite from Sound Trends that includes studio.HD, meta.DJ, and Gruvtron. Looptastic is suitable for both recording or performing, with many powerful and intuitive features that facilitate both.


It is a well known fact that music and various sounds have a positive effect on us. I myself rarely work without some sort of music playing, and around 30% of the time I opt for some soothing ambience sounds; Ambiance is my perfect companion.

Available for the iPad, iPhone, and the desktop (on most systems via Adobe Air), if you also like ambient music and sounds, this app will be right up your alley! Let’s dive in.


One of my favorite genres of iPad apps and one that gets very little love, all things considered, is music creation apps. The large touch screen has the potential to be very useful in the studio, as well as a platform for unique instruments and creation interfaces that can’t necessarily be recreated elsewhere.

If you’re interested in electronic music, you’ve no doubt heard the name Moog, one of the most prolific names in synthesizers. Today I’m going to talk about the new synthesizer app that they designed specifically for iPad: Animoog. Animoog is built on the company’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine, which is designed (in contrast to ‘isotropic’) to allow you to construct fluidly dynamic soundscapes in a highly customizable X/Y environment. I could go on, but unless you’ve studied synthesizers in detail, this is probably a bunch of gobbledegook. Hit the jump to check out more of the good stuff!


I’ve been a guitarist for about 12 years now. As many guitarists who started polishing their chops during the digital age will agree, we spend a lot of time on guitar tablature websites learning how to play songs. Unfortunately, tab sites (much like lyrics sites) are plagued with pop-ups, banners, ads, and just about every other “worst thing on the Internet.”

Songsterr breathes new life into the quest to learn music on the Internet. In addition to a well-designed website that’s free of the blight found elsewhere, they’ve also developed an iPad app, proving once again that the iPad is taking the things we’re used to and changing the way we do them. No longer will aspiring guitarists sit in an uncomfortable, armed desk chair and carefully pluck their strings while trying not to hit the desk with their guitar. Songsterr for iPad lets you take your guitar rehearsal anywhere (where there’s Wi-Fi). So, how does it perform?


Capturing popular music and identifying it is a useful feature seen most commonly on mobile devices. But what about the experience on the iPad? Have the sound-sensing giants, Shazam and Soundhound, delivered a feature-rich experience? Is all that extra screen acreage put to good use?

Surely the approach on this platform should be slightly different, given the fact that you’re less likely to be carrying the device around as you would an iPhone? What provision is there for identifying music from other apps and exploring your own music library?

Let’s take a look!


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