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Music Notes

Discover, Share, Sing and Listen With the Best Music Apps

Do you love music? We've compiled the best music apps for music discovery, listening, singing, lyrics and more! So, grab your headphones, sit back, and enjoy the tunes.

A Better Music Player

Of course, being the music junkie that you are means that you don't go anywhere without a library of music loaded right on your iPhone. iOS' built-in Music app is a decent music player with the elegant, minimalist design you’ve come to expect from Apple. But if you're a power user, you might want to check out something with the features you need to really make your beat drop.

Boom: Bass Booster & Equalizer

For an amazing surround sound effect, this music player rocks.

Boom: Bass Booster & Equalizer

Adjust your settings

For those who are looking for a quality, surround sound music player.

Boom: Music Player with Magical Surround Sound is not only super easy to use but provides excellent, quality sound. You can spot the difference immediately by enabling the Effects. The sound is crystal clear, the Equalizer options give you the perfect effect, and the app provides a truly immersive experience with any type of headphones or even without.

Why we love it

If you often use headphones to listen to music on your iPhone or iPad, how good is the sound? Could it be better? If you are ready to experience your tunes the way they were meant to be heard, then check out Boom: Music Player with Magical Surround Sound. With amazing clarity and great features, immerse yourself in a 3-D sound experience.

Serato Pyro

Keep the fire burning with continuous mixed music in Serato Pyro

Serato Pyro

Start the fire

For people who love music and want to see how their library can get mixed.

When you set up a playlist in Serato Pyro, that's just the beginning. You can queue up as few or as many of your favorites as you want, and the app will happily play through them for you. You can even shuffle things around once you start playing, if you decide you want a different beat. When the end of the playlist comes around, though, the party doesn't stop. Serato Pyro automatically extends your playlist, adding new tracks that fit the same feel as what you'd already been listening to.

Why we love it

This app makes getting the music for a party going quick and easy, and keeps the fire burning even after you've run out of ideas. It even integrates with Spotify Premium, giving you access to 30 million songs to extend your playlist when you reach the end. The interface is clean and simple, and the app is a breeze to use.

LiveTunes - Concert FX Player

Let your tunes take on the acoustics of any live venue you can imagine

LiveTunes - Concert FX Player

Choose your venue

For people who prefer the sound of a live venue over a studio recording

This app integrates with your iTunes Music Library to give you an impressive area of acoustic modifications to those boring old studio tracks. You can simulate the sound of a sold-out arena, with the crowd shouting and cheering, or the quaint and cozy feel of a coffee shop. LiveTunes uses a proprietary and ground-breaking HD reverb technology from iZotope® to simulate acoustic spaces for a variety of live venues including stadiums, arenas, theaters, concert halls, clubs, bars and more. This technology allows LiveTunes to literally make any track sound bigger and better than ever before. It’s like you’re really there.

Why we love it

LiveTunes lets you really get a feel for how a song might sound in a live venue. You can get the sense that you're actually in the stadium, listening to the band perform live, without ever leaving your living room. The soundscapes generated by the reverb technology bring new life to your tracks, letting you hear your music as if it were being performed live just for you.

Sing Your Heart Out

Not every music lover loves to sing, but a great karaoke app can give you a new relationship with your personal soundtrack. These apps will help you express your love for your favorites either alone or in front of an audience.

Learn the Lyrics

You may not know it, but you’ve probably thought up or blurted out a mondegreen on more than one occasion. A mondegreen, by the way, is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase (usually a song lyric). If you want to stop perpetuating them and be adequately informed about the lines to your favorite tunes, just use these helpers while singing along.

Genius: Song Lyrics & More

Behind the Song

Genius: Song Lyrics & More

Without lyrics ...

For those looking for more about a song.

Want to know more about a song? Hold your phone up to the music, tap the soundwave button (powered by Gracenote), and lo, the annotated lyrics appear. You can also easily navigate the lyrics for all the songs in your iTunes library.

Why we love it

Lyrics are an important part of songs. With Genius, you now have a simple way to uncover the words from your favorite songs.

Musixmatch Lyrics Finder

Make sure you sing the right song lyrics with this awesome app.

Musixmatch Lyrics Finder

Look, ma, no more mondegreens!

For those who like to quote lyrics or sing along.

Musixmatch Lyrics Finder is a simple app that lets you find the exact lyrics to your favorite song. Just search for the song name, or even browse through artist. Once you find the song, view it and you'll get all of the lyrics for when you want to learn the song or quote it to your friends and family.

Why we love it

It's a simple and streamlined app that lets you find the lyrics to your favorite songs without much hassle.

Find Your New Favorite Song

If your friends are big music fans, then they're very likely full of songs that you, like, totally have to listen to right now, man. But technology has evolved to the point that you no longer need others to go on a journey of music discovery. These apps will help you find new favorites so that you can hound your pals about what they should be listening to for a change.

8tracks - Best Playlist Radio

Find your music

8tracks - Best Playlist Radio

Experience the unexpected

For those who wish to find new music to enjoy.

Want a music player to help you listen to a playlist for a study, workout, yoga, or dating session? Looking for free music to stream like radio? 8tracks is the top music app to discover independent hip hop, EDM, indie rock, dubstep and more.

Why we love it

This is an impressive app for anyone who wants to experience new music in a fresh new way.

Hype Machine

Discover new music through this slick app

Hype Machine

Follow your favorite music blogs

For those who like to discover new music that is being hyped up by music blogs

If you love to find out about new music, then Hype Machine is for you. The app lets you check out what all of the music blogs are talking about lately, so you know that it's worth checking out. You may love it or hate it, but the hype is there and you crave to find out for yourself.

Why we love it

The app looks gorgeous and is streamlined and organized, so you can find out what all the music blogs are saying in a simple glance. It's a great way to discover new artists and get excited for new things.

Learn New Things About Your Favorite Tunes

Music is a little more fun when you can put it in context. What's the story behind a song, or why does it sound a certain way? Answering these questions can help you find new music to listen to, as well as give you interesting tidbits for dinner conversations.

MusicTools Music Dictionary
MusicTools Music Dictionary

MusicTools Music Dictionary

OnStage Technologies, LLC

MusicTools is a set of tools designed for music students, amateur, and professional musicians. This initial release contains a comprehensive music dictionary and a set of useful quick reference charts. MusicTools contains thousands of definitions, abbreviations and performance notations used in music from the 18th century through the present day. Future versions will contain additional tools to assist all levels of musicians with rehearsal and performance.

This version features an extremely fast, easy-to-use dictionary search engine and an intuitive set of charts allows for quick use during lessons, practice sessions, and rehearsals. English, German, Latin, Italian and French variations of words and pronunciations are also provided. Musicians who play from older manuscripts will find MusicTools especially helpful in identifying older notations and abbreviations no longer listed in modern dictionaries.

Features in this edition:
* Comprehensive Music Dictionary based on Elson's original classic Pocket Music Dictionary
* Abbreviations Chart
* Accelerations Chart
* Circle of Fifths Chart
* Retardations Chart
* Tempo Markings Chart
* Musical Symbols Chart

MusicTools is produced by musicians for musicians and is designed to help you be the best musician you can be!

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Sound Museum
Sound Museum

Sound Museum

Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Learn about the various instrument sounds included with your Kawai digital piano, listen to inspirational song demos, select Dual and Split playing modes, and store favourite sounds - all from a beautiful touch interface.

Sound Museum is musical instrument learning app developed especially for Kawai digital pianos, providing an opportunity for players of all levels to explore the various instrument voices available in their piano. Using the attractive touch interface, players can easily select sounds, read about each instrument's tonal characteristics and suitable musical genre, and listen to professionally recorded demonstration pieces.

It's also possible to use Sound Museum to select sound combinations for Dual and Split playing modes, adjusting the volume balance and split point as desired. Popular sounds or sound combinations can even be stored to one of eight Favourite memories for convenient recall at a later date.

Sound Museum is compatible with a broad range of Kawai digital pianos, and fully supports the Quicco Sound mi.1 Bluetooth MIDI interface for cable-free wireless connectivity.

Feature Summary
- Learn about the musical instrument sounds available in Kawai digital pianos.
- Listen to built-in demonstration songs and new musical performances.
- Select Dual and Split playing modes and adjust relevant settings.
- Store popular sounds to Favourite memories for convenient recall.
- Connect wirelessly using the Quicco Sound mi.1 Bluetooth MIDI interface.

Compatible models:
Kawai CN39/CN29/CN37/CN27/CN17/CN35/CN25/CN14/KDP110/KDP90, CS11/CS8, ES8/ES100/ES110, CA58/CA48/CA28/CA97/CA67/CA17

* The 'Lightning to USB Camera Adapter', 'Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter', or 'Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit' accessory is required in order to connect an iOS device to the Kawai digital piano using a USB cable. It is also possible to connect the iOS device wirelessly using the Quicco Sound 'mi.1' Bluetooth MIDI interface.

* When connecting via Bluetooth MIDI using an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus, the CN37, CN27, ES110, and QuiccoSound mi.1 may need to be updated to the latest BLE MIDI firmware in order to function correctly.

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CHI Encyclopedia of Music
CHI Encyclopedia of Music

CHI Encyclopedia of Music

Coast Heavy Industries

Explore the all the world's musical instruments in thousands of hours of articles and pictures covering everything from the Accordion to the Xylophone. Our Encyclopedia of Music contains beautiful HD photos, great organization and user interface and the most comprehensive information about music you may want to know.

Our Encyclopedia of Music can be used by anyone. It can be a kid's encyclopedia to help them learn about music and musical instruments, or it can be an informative tool for anyone that is interested in music.

We have worked diligently to select the best photos and create content that is engaging, easy to understand and relevant. CHI Encyclopedia of
Music looks stunning on both iPhone and iPad. We have also thought of a way to motivate you to read more. Collect badges for reading different articles or collections of articles. We also made the encyclopedia to be available entirely offline so you can read it on the go without WiFi connection (in the car or on a plane).

CHI Encyclopedia of Music – All Musical Instruments
— Music topics are included from A-Z
— Neat organization and beautiful HD photos
— Relevant information about music and musical instruments that is nicely written
— Great for all ages
— Available offline, read it on the go

Simple, intuitive and elegant. With CHI Encyclopedia of Music you can learn everything about music and musical instruments!

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Oxford Dictionary of Music
Oxford Dictionary of Music

Oxford Dictionary of Music

MobiSystems, Inc.

Containing 5,000 entries on composers, most of which include up-to-date worklists, The Oxford Dictionary of Music also provides entries on conductors, performers, directors, critics, producers and designers of international repute, writers and scholars. Entries also cover musical terms and forms, individual works (like operas and ballets), orchestras and companies from around the world, famous opera houses, concert-halls and musical festivals.

Included are musical terms, styles and forms ranging from operatic, vocal, and film scores, to song cycles, chamber, hymns, barbershop and oratorios. Covered are general themes like musicology, acoustics, absolute pitch and historical periods such as the Byzantine era. A wide range of musical instruments is included - from the familiar strings, wind and brass to the less familiar aeolian harp, bamboula and sackbut.

 • Learn in style with any of the four colorful new themes – the colorful layout will turn your learning experience into an enjoyable routine. Customize your dictionary and benefit from the cheerful mood your favorite color brings you.
 • Dive right into the intricacies of the language - with a new and convenient Home page, sleeker and more intuitive visual layout, as well as innovations in the speed of searches - you can now get to the desired entry faster than ever.
 • Translate and learn as you speak with Talk & Translate – use this speech recognition & text-to-speech app by downloading it for Free from the App Store. The great synergy between the two apps will help you optimize your studies.

SEARCH TOOLS - quickly find words with the functional, clean and easy-to-use interface. Designed to provide the most comprehensive search experience, the dictionary combines several search tools to match or predict what are you looking for, including:
 • Search autocomplete helps you find words quickly by displaying predictions as you type.
 • Keyword lookup allows you to search within compound words and phrases.
 • Camera search looks up words in the camera viewfinder and displays results in seconds.
 • Voice search helps you find an entry using your speech.
 • Automatic ‘Fuzzy filter’ that corrects word spelling and a ‘Wild card’ that allows you to replace a letter or entire parts of a word with '*' or '?' when you don’t know how it`s spelled.

LEARNING TOOLS - engaging features that help you further enhance your vocabulary. Designed to give you the freedom to structure your studies, this dictionary combines several learning tools to help you be more organized:
 • ‘Favorites’ that allow you to create custom folders with lists of words.
 • Recent list which helps you to easily review looked-up words.
 • Swipe-to-delete functionality in the Recent and Favorites menus.
 • Word-of-the-day option to teach you a new word every day.

Feel excited by the new word or definition you just learned? Share your discovery with friends on social media, email or any other option available on your device.

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Name That Tune

We’ve all been there (hearing a song we like) and done that (trying to figure out what it’s called and who performs it to no avail). Fortunately, now we don’t have to ask around or scrape the tip of our tongues to find the title of and the artist behind a tune.


For song recognition, new artists, music news, television, and more.


Identify music automatically

For people who love music and want to know what's playing.

You are riding in the car, dancing at the club, or dining at a restaurant and hear a cool tune. Just pop open your Shazam app and hit that Shazam button. Maybe you love the song and want to buy it or maybe you just want to see who sings it or what the title is. Either way, once you tag a song it is saved in your Shazams for later.

Why we love it

Shazam is a must-have app for music lovers. Discover new tunes, purchase songs you love, check out music news, and explore the charts.

Shazam Encore

For song recognition, new artists, music news, television, and more.

Shazam Encore

Tap to Shazam

For people who always want to know "What's that song?"

You are riding in the car, dancing at the club, or dining at a restaurant and hear a cool tune. Just pop open your Shazam Encore app and hit that Shazam button. Maybe you love the song and want to buy it or maybe you just want to see who sings it or what the title is. Either way, once you tag a song it is saved in your Shazams for later.

Why we love it

Shazam Encore is a must-have app for music lovers. Discover new tunes, purchase songs you love, check out music news, and explore the charts.

SoundHound - Music Discovery

What's that song playing?

SoundHound - Music Discovery

Always the best

Music discovery made simple.

SoundHound is a free music identification service that has been around a long time. It includes the ability to identify the song you are playing now and also help you find new tracks to experience.

Why we love it

When it comes to finding the title of the song that is now playing, nothing compares to SoundHound.

See a Show Without Buying a Ticket

You don't have to actually attend concerts to enjoy them. If you don’t mind watching recordings of live performances on a screen instead of experiencing them in person, these impressive apps can hook you up.

Old-School Radio, Modernized

Even with the myriad music tracks residing in your library, you might still want to listen to what’s riding the airwaves. Don’t have a conventional radio? No problem: Your phone can do a lot of amazing things, and replicating quaint technology is in its skill set.

iHeart: Radio, Music, Podcasts

The best live radio stations and podcasts from the United States and beyond

iHeart: Radio, Music, Podcasts

Moving Forward

For people who love live radio

Owned by Clear Channel Communications, iHeartRadio features more than 800 live broadcast and digital-only radio stations. While this number may seem small compared to the thousands of stations offered by other apps, the stations offered here are among the country's best and most popular. In addition to its catalog of live radio stations, iHeartRadio also allows the listener to create custom radio stations, based on a song or artist. Aside from audio considerations, the app is also well designed, in that it's organized and easy to navigate. Because of its selection, program quality, and combination of both live and custom radio, iHeartRadio earns an essential spot in this AppList.

Why we love it

The iHeartRadio app is exceptionally well designed, and provides great-sounding audio. You can tune into radio stations from anywhere in the United States, with more than 800 to choose from. Finding the country's best, most popular radio broadcast stations is simple with iHeartRadio.

TuneIn Radio: Live News, Music

Listen to radio stations and much more from all over the world.

TuneIn Radio: Live News, Music

Browse and search stations

For those who still prefer to listen to the radio.

TuneIn Radio gives users hundreds of options for streaming radio stations. This is great for those who still prefer old-time radio over music streaming, or if they don't want to miss out on their favortie talk shows on the air. There are a ton of streams to pick from, so your favorites are bound to be here. The free version will have some advertisements, but the Pro version gets you the ability to even record broadcasts if you want to listen to them later.

Why we love it

While streaming services are all the rage, sometimes listening to a old-fashioned radio station is just what the doctor ordered. And with the add-on premuium service, which costs an additional $7.99 per month, you can listen to a number of professional sports including the NFL, MLB, NBA, Barclays Premier League, and Bundesliga matches.

Experience Live Music

If you consider yourself a music junkie (which you likely do, or you wouldn't be reading this), you probably enjoy going to concerts. And now more than ever, keeping up to date with and buying tickets to your favorite artists’ live shows is trouble-free with your iOS device. These apps will show you who's playing and where, and they'll even let you skip the ticket counter and get straight to rocking out with your fellow fans.