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A Guide to all of the best iPad Music Apps! »

I'm sick of completely useless reviews on iTunes, and the clutter in the "Music" section. I seek to eliminate both of these problems by presenting you, the informed reader of sites such as mine, with the apps worthy of your consideration. You won't find 15 different Theremin apps in here. If someone is wrong, you can call them on it. If I'm wrong, you can call me on it! By virtue of finding this you're the most active people in the community. That makes your opinion more valuable than the idiot on iTunes giving Korg's iMS-20 a 1 Star Review saying, "How does I sine wave?"

Everyone's a Critic

For each app I give my paragraph blurb, attempting to explain what it does and how well I feel it achievies that. You are welcome to disagree with me! I just provide this blurb because people seem to like reading what I have to say about apps, but I want to read what you have to say too!

Everything is current!

I try to keep this guide updated. As apps get patched I will reevaluate them and their entries here to reflect the ever changing state of apps. This works better than video reviews; developers can keep updating apps, but I can't keep updating videos. All of what you read here should be indicative of the latest versions of each app. Due to this limitation, only apps I own are represented.

Disclosures all over

Unlike other guides and sites, no one pays to be listed here. This is invite-only, and no money is accepted for ratings. I believe in operating openly, so I disclose in all entries if I received a promo code for the app. This has never had any impact on ratings, because I'm not about to sell you out for a $5 app... not even for a $30 one.

Ratings Explanation

Rather than a 1-5 Star Rating system, I try to rate everything based on who I'd recommend the app for. There is no scale here. An "Essential" app is obviously better than a "Pass" app, but a "Friendly" app might be better than an "Awesome!" for some users. The words don't make one app better than another, this is just a handy label to help organize apps. Here is how I think of the ratings:

Essential: Just about everyone serious about iOS Music Making would benefit from owning this.
Awesome!: The app has Pro uses and features, or is the best among similar competing apps.
Friendly: Not necessarily the most amazing thing ever, but still good for new users. Newbie Friendly!
Experimental: Worthwhile apps that are weird, nerdy, or possibly require advanced knowledge.
Meh: Apps that are just kind of so-so, perhaps boring or lacking in features, but not bad.
Pass: Not recommended for anyone. Either terrible or otherwise not worth the money, nor time.

Navigation

The main page lists everything Alphabetically, but you can sort apps by their ratings with the drop-down menus in the header. This menu is accessible from all entries in the guide.

Reader Comments (5)

Unable to post? I'll try again, shorter:

Like the "ratings" system, more iPhone, apps outside the synthesis and noise maker sphere, your post is not too long.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFritz Charleston

Looks like a nice idea - need an entry for BeepStreet's iSequence HD - one of my "essentials".

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Taylor

Nice work, well thought out.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAyup

Like the idea a lot. This is a great resource for beginners and experienced iOS musicians alike. Nice concise summary of each app.

Needs an entry for Alchemy though!

Linky thing

June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNigel

Thanks for having this great IOS resource available for all of us. I have only recently stumbled upon it, and feel it is is a great source for the latest info on everything "I". Thanks again!!

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterModdogI

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