Whether you're a music producer, a music lover, or both, you're probably looking for the best apps to record songs or find new favorites. We've rounded up ten free and paid apps; Some, like Pandora, YouTube and Amazon Music are well known, others are more obscure. Whether you want to learn a new instrument or improve your skills, listen to favorites or discover new artists, we have the app for you.
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Apps for Song Recorders & Music Makers
Yousician (Free, Premium from $ 19.99 / month)
Yousician teaches you how to play music à la Rock Band, but you scroll from left to right, like how to read music. It also has the same tablet, which is useful for learning to read the music.
This app's low price point and comprehensive feature set are the reason for its popularity. You can play with friends remotely, and it even includes virtual instruments for when you forget your own.
Notion ($ 14.99)
This app helps you write your own music and play it through the included orchestral samples performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. You can then share the file as a PDF or other file type.
Hokusai Audio Editor (Free)
This app offers great basic tools, such as recording capabilities and the ability to add effects and filters to audio, and additional tools for a modest in-app purchase price.
A Music app for all
Apple Music ($ 9.99 / month)
This impressive app offers a deep and thorough music catalog. It has personal radio stations, live broadcasts and almost full access to your iTunes library.
Pandora (Free with ads)
Routinely voted best for radio streaming, Pandora is a no-frills app that you turn to when you have just an idea of what to listen to. It has a simple interface and the main features are free!
Tidal (starts from $ 9.99 / month)
Tidal is for the audio files. You can either pay $ 9.99 or $ 19.99 a month, but the top tier offers high-quality audio, so you can hear music the way the artist had intended.
Amazon Music ($ 10.99)
Amazon Music gives you ad-free access to over two million songs, as well as Alexa integration, curated playlists and radio stations. And if you are a Prime subscriber, listening is free!
Spotify (Free with ads)
Spotify is Apple Music's biggest competitor. Primarily intended for building playlists, this app has a great community and a huge directory of music to choose from.
YouTube (Free with ads)
YouTube has a thorough selection of music. If it's not available on YouTube, it's probably not available anywhere. Google rolls out a music-focused section later this year.
The Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker You Need
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker ($ 99.95)
This portable speaker is great for picnics or beach days and sounds a lot bigger than it actually is with the two forty mm drivers and full range amplifier. The speaker has a premium feel and sound, and you can even dunk it underwater!