What a great showcase for an iPad music app – The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel putting it to some very good use. I think Fallon said the app is called The Looper – maybe this one. I love the musical bits on Fallon’s late night shows and this is a really fun one to watch.
Update: The app used in the show is Loopy HD, developed by A Tasty Pixel.
As many working musicians will know, most of what is created, stored, organised, accessed and performed start their lives on paper – chord sheets, lyrics, sheet music, set lists, etc – and many will stay on paper for the entirety of their lives. Some of these get organised; others rot at the bottom of the guitar case pocket, only to be rediscovered when desperately looking for a scrap piece of paper (because your ‘phone battery is dead, of course).
OnSong promises to “replace the mess of paper and binders with performance-ready, interactive, digital chord charts on your mobile device” – no question, this it intuitively does with distinction. And in this process of cleaning up guitar case pockets, it manages to streamline other off-stage tasks as well, either by default or by providing more functionality strings to its bow.
The Rdio music service app for iPad was updated yesterday, to Version 2.3. This update is all about new and improved stations in Rdio. Here’s the change list:
• New and Improved Stations. Lean back and listen to an endless variety of stations (based on an artist, song, genre, and more), each drawing from a catalog of 20 million songs. • Redesigned Stations Player. Vote on individual tracks and pivot stations based on favorite songs in a redesigned UI that showcases album art front and center. • You FM. Listen to your personalized station, playing a mix of favorites and related tracks. • Various UI improvements and minor bug fixes.
I’ve used a number of different music service on my iOS devices, the Mac, and Android – and Rdio has become my clear favorite and the only one I’ve kept a subscription with. In fact, I recently extended it to be a family plan. I love Rdio’s UI on all the devices I use it on, and have yet to be disappointed with the depth of its music library.
I haven’t yet had a chance to play with the new stations features – but they sound impressive and I’m happy to see this update for an already stellar app / service.
Amazon Cloud Player now has an iPad app, which just hit the iPad App Store today. This is a very nice alternative to the built-in Music app – especially for anyone who does not enjoy dealing with iTunes. Once you sign in with your Amazon account the app lets you play any music you’ve bought via Amazon and any music you’ve imported from iTunes or other sources.
Of course you can’t purchase new music directly within the app, due to App Store rules, but you can do so in the Safari app.
Here are more details on Amazon Cloud Player via its App Store page:
Your music. Everywhere. Listen to your music collection from the cloud on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad anywhere you are. You can download or stream your library from the cloud – or play the music you already have on your device. To listen to your music in Cloud Player: • Start with music you’ve bought from Amazon in the past – when you first sign in, eligible MP3s will be added to your Cloud Player library for free. So will MP3 versions of any AutoRip CDs you bought from Amazon since 1998.
This new-ish iPad game really looks pretty slick. It’s called Recorder Master and the game play is controlled by sounds made with an actual recorder. It’s billed as a perfect introduction to music, and has already garnered some impressive awards and acclaim.
Here’s a little slice of its App Store intro:
Learn to play the recorder in a fun and addictive way. Play notes on the recorder to avoid obstacles, collect bonuses and scare away evil birds, on your way to become a “Recorder Master”…
Become an expert in playing songs while working on rhythm, correct and stable tone production, ear training, fingering technique and more!
I’m about as musical as a lamppost, but this certainly looks and sounds like a great idea to me. I may see if my daughter wants to give it a try sometime soon.
BeatBlaster is a fun new iPad app released today that offers to turn your iPad into an old-school HiFi sound system. I’m always keen to check out promising looking music apps for the iPad, and this one caught my eye when I received a pre-launch promo email about it.
The app’s old-school appearance is what initially caught my eye, and it seemed to have quite a solid set of features – so I installed it first thing this morning and it’s been providing the soundtrack to my workday ever since.
BeatBlaster plays music from your iTunes library on the iPad and from a selection of internet radio stations sourced from Radionomy. It’s intended to be used in portrait mode only and does not adjust its UI when you swap the iPad to landscape mode.
I’m no musician, not by any stretch – but Tonara really looks like quite a groundbreaking app to me and certainly looks very impressive in the demo video above.
It’s touted as the world’s first interactive sheet music app …
which follows along as you play, shows your exact position on the score, and turns the score pages automatically, just in time. Tonara is smart enough to ignore misplayed notes, background noise and other interference and can adjust to variations in tempo or repetitions in the score.
Tonara’s co-founder and CEO, Yair Lavi, has lofty ambitions for the app and the impact it can have:
Our dream is to redefine the way people read sheet music … The idea is so simple and accessible – we show it to musicians and they are immediately hooked. The ‘old way’ of reading music involves so much disconnection and there is a lot going on that distracts you from the music. That’s why we’re thrilled to let people focus on just the main objective. We believe that the interactive features enabled by our technology will transition the sheet music market from the era of print and static PDFs to fully digital, interactive and downloadable scores, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transition.
It’s a free app (for a limited time) that comes with six built-in scores. Additional scores are available via In-App purchase at $0.99 to $3.99 each.
On the Music Path is a brand new iPad app that just hit the App Store today. It offers lessons on guitar and other instruments from a cast of well-known musicians including Jackson Browne, Scott Tennant, and Ravi Shankar.
The app itself is free, while the lessons cost between $2.99 – 19.99. Lesson previews and sample chapters can be downloaded for free to help decide if you want to purchase them.
My daughter got a guitar recently and is keen to learn it, so I downloaded On the Music Path this morning and spent some time with it. I have to say it looks superb so far and I’m excited to show it to my daughter.
When you launch Aweditorium – the superb new music discovery app for the iPad – the initial splash screen for it uses a tagline of ‘Aural Happiness’ underneath the app’s name. They could easily drop ‘aural’, just use ‘Happiness’, and be well within the bounds of accurate descriptions of what the app delivers.
If you want the short version of my review on the app, it is: awesome – a must for all iPad owners who like to discover new music. For lots of lovely screencaps and reasons why this app is so superb, hit the jump …
Magic Fiddle for iPad is the latest brilliant-looking music app from Smule – the creators of acclaimed music apps for iOS including Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain. Magic Fiddle is designed exclusively for the the iPad and looks and sounds like another instant hit for Smule. Here’s a little more on the app, from its App Store description:
Hello. I am your fiddle. I am programmed to make you a musical prodigy. Your untrained fingers will play beautiful music in a matter of minutes. My fiddlery magic will help you earn high scores, gold medals and fun badges. You and I will be unstoppable on the global leaderboard, competing with fellow fiddlers. Seriously, in the amount of time it took you to read this you could have learned ‘Ave Maria’. I kid you not (fiddles never joke).
You, my friend, are not just someone with an iPad. You are a virtuoso.