5 Free iPad Apps for Musicians

The iPad is a brilliant device that is made even more amazing by the huge volume of apps available. Your iPad can become hundreds of different thing is the right piece of software is on it. Today we concentrate on apps for musicians or aspiring musicians and beat makers.

  • Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the piano or refine your already known skills then the Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD app is a great choice. A keyboard appears on your iPad screen and you can play it just like you would a real one. They’ll teach you to play the basics and the sound is better than you’d expect. If you’re ready to move past the basics you can play chords with up to five fingers and it allows for shifting octaves. You can also duet with another player on the same iPad.
  • Classical Guitar Classical Guitar is an excellent free iPad app if you’re looking to right songs on the go and don’t want to carry around your bulky guitar. It mimics the sound and playing abilities of a classical guitar with nylon strings and the music it produces is lovely. You’re limited to six chords and it doesn’t really feel like playing a real guitar, but that’s not the point. It’s more like a replacement when you don’t have your guitar handy or a way to experiment before you take the leap into buying an actual six string. You can create your own chord sets and it’s free so you can’t beat the price.
  • Beatwave (universal) If you’re looking to create music with a few simple button presses (okay, it’s not really simple) Beatwave is a good choice. The free iPad app comes loaded with a big selection of instrument samples so you can create the soundscape you’re looking for. The selection is somewhat limited since they make money by selling your more instruments but you can still create a wide range of songs and sounds with the free version. It’s impressive and good for someone just getting into music creation in this realm.
  • LoopJ Interactive DJ Station LoopJ Interactive DJ Station is amazing when you consider that it’s free. This could easily be used by professional DJs and musicians to put together your sound. It comes with two virtual decks that always play together. The interface is easy to use and the results are always going to be stellar. If you know what you’re doing already you’ll be at home with this software.
  • RJ Voyager RJ Voyager is made for DJs and allows you to create great mixes using their synthesizers, drums, and great effects that you can make on your own with the mic or use the ones already built in. You can build your own tracks using the simple interface or you can tweak the pre-bundled selections.

Free Android Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier and More Fun!

The Android apps in the lifestyle category are essentially tools that can help make your life easier and more fun. The free Android apps on this list are no exception to that- they are all fun apps that can help with one thing or the other. I wouldn’t say that any of these free Android apps are critical for your survival. I would say that if you like to have fun and do things efficiently, your Android phone can help and these 10 free Android apps are a great place to start! Here are ten of the best free Android lifestyle apps:

craigsphone (craigslist)

This free Android app lets you access Craiglist, the popular classified ads website, using your Android phone. You can do pretty much anything- from browsing the ads to even posting an ad complete with photos from your phone! Useful and convenient, Craigsphone is a must for people like myself who can’t go a few hours without checking on the items available on CL!

OpenTable

This is an excellent free Android lifestyle app if you like dining out and trying new places. OpenTable can help you find the best restaurants near you. You can even use the app to book reservations and view the restaurant’s menu (as well as access reviews to help you decide where to eat).

10001 Cocktails

This app has every drink imaginable and they’re broken down by liquor type. When you’re browsing through the thousands of drinks, if you see one you like, simply add it to “My Drinks” so that you can utilize it later! There are many uses for this app and endless possibilities when it would be handy to have along. All I know is it’s great to have along for bar hopping!

Bartender

Why am I listing two of the same type apps on this list? Because they’re both amazing and I’m torn to pick just one of these great apps. I have both on my Android phone and many may think it’s a bit excessive, but when it’s party time, no one would complain! With an amazing search function and the ability to let users post and rate/review recipes, Bartender is one of the best free Android apps around.

My Honey Days

Probably not what you’d expect from this list of free Android lifestyle apps, My Days is an app designed for women. It can predict your ovulation and fertility schedules. If you’re trying to get pregnant, this free Android app may just help you out.

Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer

This free Android lifestyle app is exactly what its name says: a great stopwatch. It really has every possible function you could think you may need when it comes to having a stopwatch. This app can even run in the background and alert you when the timing is complete.

DailyHoroscope

Again, another free Android app that does exactly what its name says. This app even allows you to view predictions for previous days (so you can check whether the horoscope was accurate or not). If you’re into this sort of thing, which I’m not, this is probably your best bet. All I can say is that this app functions well and looks great. As far as the content goes- well you be the judge!

Layar Reality Browser

This is one of the more ingenious apps on this list. It’s extremely popular for good reason. It’s an app that’s not the easiest to describe. I’ll just say this- download it and mess around with it- you won’t be disappointed!

Relax and Sleep

If listening to something helps you fall asleep, this is a great app for you. There’s quite a range of noises, sounds and music that will help you get into a more relaxed state. This is a great Android app for those of us who need to make the most of our “unwind time”!

My Tracks

This app was developed by the My Tracks Team at Google. Being a Google app, we have certain expectations and this app definitely meets or exceeds them! This Android app records your GPS movements and shows live statistics like speed, time, distance travelled and more. It’s like having an expensive portable GPS device with you at all times for FREE! Pretty awesome app.

Music Apps For The iPhone 4S

When it comes to music features on a smartphone, the iPhone 4S reigns supreme. Thanks to its integration with other Apple products like iTunes and its built in iPod functionality, it has everything a music lover could want from a mobile phone.

However, there are of course a large number of additional apps which can be downloaded from the music category in the AppStore. In this article I will take you through some of the top music apps available which can enhance the functionality of the iPhone 4S as a music phone.

Shazam
Have you ever been in a situation where you hear a song you like but don’t know the title or artist so you can get it at a later date? This is where the Shazam app comes in. The app works by ‘listening’ to a sample of the song, and it will then access an online database of music which consists of millions of songs to find a match. If a match is successfully found, the details such as the title, artist and album will be displayed. Also, there will be a link which takes you to that song on the phone’s iTunes where you can download it directly to the phone. The app is very simple to use. When you hear a song you wish to identify, simply open the app and hold it to the source of the music (e.g. a speaker). The app will then require a few second to identify the song and it will then access the database and display the described results. The free version of Shazam comes with a monthly limit of ten uses. If you become a frequent user of the app, you can choose to upgrade to the paid version. This costs £0.69 and allows unlimited uses. For its low price, I recommend this app, especially if you have ever found yourself in the aforementioned situation where you wish to identify a song.

TuneIn Radio
There are many radio apps available in the AppStore, but TuneIn radio is among the most popular. This app offers much more than the usual functions found on most radio apps, hence its popularity. First off, it has one of the biggest catalogues of available radio stations, with over 50,000 from all over the world. These are sorted by genre, region etc, making it easy to find what you are looking for. Because of the dual-core processor in the iPhone 4S you can multi task, whereby you can have the app running in the background, listening to a radio station while you are using other apps, browsing the web for example. TuneIn radio also allows you to search all available stations for a particular song which is currently playing, and even allows you to pause a live stream for up to 30 minutes. It is features like these which set TuneIn radio apart from the others. If you listen to the radio on your iPhone 4S, or wish to start then I highly recommend the TuneIn Radio app.

As you can see, there is much more to the iPhone 4S and its music attributes than just the apps which are included as standard. If you take the time to browse the music category of the AppStore, you are sure to find many apps which suit your needs, and enhance your iPhone 4S music experience.