Total Score: 29.5
Orchestra by Touch Press is an impressive view of what is possible on an iPad. On the other hand, maybe it is even beyond what I could have imagined as possible. It is part theatrical performance, part text, part commentary with music, part musical score and part visual aid showing how musicians combine their talents to play classics. Most of all it is impressive. Continue reading
Total Score: 29
I attended my first MACC (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer) bluegrass festival last year and used the app every day of the festival. The MACC app is a festival goer’s dream come true. It’s a pleasantly green alternative to a printed schedule. All of the information you need (and a lot more) is available in the app. The event is coming up this July and has the schedules loaded and a whole lot more. There is also an iPad vesion.
Total Score: 24
Concert Vault – the name says it all. This is a vault of live musical performances in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. This can be a sweet reminder of the concerts you attended or a chance to hear the ones you missed. You may know this app as Wolfgang’s Vault. They modernized the icon and simplified the name. You can listen on your iPhone or iPad
Total Score: 24
Shazam is a handy app to have when you hear a song and cannot remember the name or artist. The app listens to the radio or music source (not your singing), identifies the song, album (with cover art), and offers you a link to iTunes in case you want to buy it. The main purpose is to identify the name of a song – not to listen to music. The iPad app icon has a silver band around it and the background color is a slightly darker blue. Continue reading
Total Score: 28
Pandora Radio app is a must-have for music lovers. You can select any artist, song or composer and the app will play your selected choice first and then other artists/composers/songs with a similar sound. Many of you are already familiar with the PC version of Pandora. The one difference is the music will play longer before checking to make sure you are still “in the room.” You might still fill your iPod with personal music, but will find you use this app more than your own tunes. The icons are identical, but there is a specific app for the iPad.