Every year, the iPhone Life team gathers their favorite apps to share with our readers. As a lifelong lover and creator of music, I̵
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The best apps for making music
Endlesss – Multiplayer Music (Free)
This brand new app lets people create music together. Although simple and easy to use, the live participation aspect of this app is truly groundbreaking.
This app for making music is perfect for people who know nothing about music theory. Once you’ve learned the basics, create engaging electronic music in minutes.
Free with all Apple devices, GarageBand is deceptively robust. This frequently translated app lets you record songs with multiple tracks on the go and easily add beats, synths and strings.
Koala Sampler ($ 3.99)
Koala is the ultimate pocket test. Record sound with your device’s microphone and turn it into a beat, add effects and build a track in minutes.
Best apps for music streaming
I have been a subscriber and daily user for over a decade. With its clean layout and weekly custom playlists, it’s the best service out there, whether you’re listening for free or paying $ 9.99 / month for premium.
Apple Music ($ 9.99 / month)
With pre-made playlists based on your favorite artists, unique celebrity radio shows and Siri compatibility, Apple Music is a strong Spotify competitor.
Bandcamp is the easiest way to listen to local artists and lesser known bands. It pays artists better prices than other apps, so it’s a great way to show support to local musicians.
IDAGIO is the ideal way to stream classical music. Whether you are a buff or a beginner, this app makes it super easy to find classical and chamber music to suit your mood.
This free app is the perfect companion for exploring world music. Just select a decade, a country and a mood and you will instantly stream music from that time and place.
With over 120 million tracks, SoundCloud is a great way to hear new music from new artists, rare live sets and thoughtful mixes for any occasion.
Favorite music equipment
Marshall Uxbridge Voice ($ 179.99)
This smart Wi-Fi speaker is perfect for listening anywhere in the house. This small speaker is designed to look and feel like Marshall’s iconic vintage amplifiers, and has surprisingly good sound quality, volume and tone. It also works nicely with Amazon Alexa, and allows voice control of all major music streaming services.