This app teaches you
how to play music à
la Rock Band, but in-
stead you scroll left to
right, the same way you read music.
It also has the same tablature, which
is useful for learning to sight-read.
This app’s low price
and extensive feature
set is the reason for
its popularity. You can
play with friends remotely and it
even includes virtual instruments for
when you forget your own.
This app helps you to
write your own music
and play it back via the
samples from the London Symphony
Orchestra. You can then share the file
as a PDF or other file type.
This app offers great
base tools, such as
the ability to record
and add effects and filters to sound.
Additional tools are available for a
modest in-app purchase price.
Apple Music ($9.99/
This impressive app
offers a deep and thor-
ough music catalog. It
offers personalized radio stations, live
music broadcasts, and almost com-
plete access to the i Tunes library.
Pandora (Free w/ ads)
Routinely voted best
at radio streaming,
Pandora is a no-frills
app that you turn to
when you only have an idea of what
to listen to. It has a simple interface,
and the main features are free!
Tidal (Starting at
Tidal is for the audiophiles. You can either
pay $9.99 or $19.99
per month, but the top tier offers
high-fidelity sound so you hear music the way the artist intended.
Amazon Music ($7.99/
This app offers ad-free
access to over two
million songs, as well
as Alexa integration, curated playlists,
and radio stations. And if you’re a
Prime subscriber, listening is free!
Spotify (Free w/ ads)
Spotify is Apple
Music’s largest com-
petitor. Intended for
building playlists and
discovering music, this app has a
large community and a tremendous
catalog of songs to choose from.
You Tube (Free)
You Tube has a thor-
ough selection of mu-
sic. Typically, if it’s not
available on You Tube,
Google is rolling out a music-focused
section later in the year.
TOP PICKS TO DISCOVER & CREATE SONGS
BY KENNETH BOSHELL
JBL Flip 4
speaker is great
and days at
the beach. It
larger than it
actually is with its two 40mm
full-range drivers and amplifi-
er, and it has a premium feel
and sound as well. Plus, you
can even dunk it in water!