Best Free iPad App of the Week: Groovebug

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Groovebug for iPad

Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s pick is Groovebug – a beautiful app that lets you dive deeper into your own collection of music on the iPad and also discover new music along the way.

Groovebug is described on its App Store page as ‘a personalized media music magazine and discovery engine designed for the iPad’. Here’s a little more on the concept of Groovebug:

The app scans your music library and culls all related content about each artist from the internet into one place and creates a fluid interactive magazine for each individual artist that you can simply swipe through. Forever omitting the need to do endless searches to multiple sites and social networks to see, hear and read about the artists you are interested in.
It helps you connect with and follow your favorite artists while discovering new ones along the way.

For each artist / band in your music library the app offers these sections:

Bio: The artist’s biography, generally taken from Wikipedia or similar sources.

Groovebug for iPad

Music: This section will show and play the tracks you’ve got from each artist, and then list all their songs that are in iTunes (organized by album) and lets you preview them and gives a link for each to go buy it in iTunes.

Groovebug for iPad

Videos: A collection of videos pulled from YouTube. These can be toggled to full screen and have full AirPlay video support for viewing them on a big screen if you have Apple TV.

Groovebug for iPad

The Latest: Recent news and info related to the artist.

Similar Artists: Just what the title suggests, a listing of related artists. Tap on any of them to go to their page, regardless of whether you have any of their music in your library.


The first, and lasting, thing that hits you about this app is just how gorgeous its layout and pages are. I always find I spend more time with, and get more value from, apps that are this well designed.

Another great thing about Groovebug is that it helps you get more enjoyment out of your music. It’s like sitting around with a bunch of really nicely done box-set type albums, all rolled into one – so you can learn more about artists you like, crank up videos and likely find some new stuff you like along the way as well.

Here’s an App Store link for Groovebug.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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