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Top 40 of Best Music Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

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The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad have changed the way we listen, store and interact with music. There are tons of music apps out there that enable you to listen to your favourite web radio services, create tunes, play instruments and remix tracks just about anywhere. However, with so many of them now available on the App Store, which apps are worthy additions to your collection?

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Below we’ve compiled a list of 40 popular music apps, both free and paid version for you to choose. If you’re a music lover who wants to do more with your device, don’t miss the opportunity to check out these great apps!
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Best Free Music Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Pandora Radio
Pandora Radio is free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom “station” that plays similar music.
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Shazam
Shazam uses iPhone’s built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of music being played. An acoustic fingerprint is created based on the sample, and is compared against a central database for a match. If a match is found, information such as the artist, song title, and album are relayed back to the user. Relevant links to services such as iTunes, YouTube, Spotify or Zune are incorporated into some implementations of Shazam.

iHeartRadio
iHeartRadio is yet another app that brings streaming radio to the iPhone or iPod Touch. Unlike Pandora Radio, however, iHeartRadio streams traditional or commercial FM stations such as New York’s Z100. You can create an iHeartRadio account with your Facebook login to sync favorites and create custom stations. Their 800+ real radio stations are still available without an account.

MiniPiano
With MiniPiano you can use your iPhone as a musical instrument. The app includes just one octave of a keyboard, which you can play simply by touching the keys on the screen. The keys have been gorgeously recreated and the full-screen keyboard is very easy to play.

AOL Radio
The new AOL Radio powered by Slacker features 50% less audio commercials, improved stability, new features and 200+ free music stations including pop, urban, country, indie, jazz, oldies and rock. AOL Radio also features free news and sports programming from ABC News and ESPN Radio.
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Public Radio Player
The Public Radio Player offers streaming audio from public radio stations across the United States. The Player currently offers more than 500 station streams and 1,000 on-demand programs. The app has been downloaded millions of times and has ranked as one of the top free apps on iTunes since its debut in the fall of 2008.

Slacker Radio
The award-winning Slacker Radio app has been completely redesigned specifically for the iPad, while the iPhone and iPod touch receive brand new features. This app gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. Listen to over 150 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own custom stations.

Rhapsody
With Rhapsody, you can always hear the music you’re into, with over 13 million songs and every genre to choose from. The Rhapsody app even lets you download songs, albums, and playlists directly to your device so you don’t need an active connection and you’ll save battery life compared to streaming. And you can listen while you text, browse and run other apps.

Spotify
With Spotify, you can buy whole playlists with a couple of clicks, and sync them straight to your iPod, iPhone or Android device. Any tracks you don’t already own can be bought in seconds and the complete playlist will be yours.
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Last.fm
Use Last.fm to track the music you and your friends have been playing. Get music recommendations wherever you are based on the music you’re listening to. From new releases to events near you, Last.fm does more with the music you listen to than anyone else. Not only that, but you can search for information about music and concerts at the tap of a button. Last.fm subscribers can also use the app to listen to music recommendations with Last.fm radio, offering personalised stations based on the music they play.

TuneWiki
With TuneWiki app you can easily share lyrics with your network of friends, listen to any music with synced lyrics, and get lyrics instantly translated into 40+ languages.

VEVO
VEVO is another popular music video and entertainment service that lets you access its entire music catalog of 45,000 videos from more than 11,000 of your favorite artists. The app also allows you to share videos with friends on Facebook & Twitter and play videos on Apple TV with Airplay.

Amazing Piano Free
This is the free version of Amazing Piano. It is an educational music application, designed to teach users of all ages to learn music and play the piano while having fun without being aware that they are in the “learning” process. Just tap the correct letter in the virtual keyboard to match the note displayed on the screen.
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SHOUTcast Radio
The SHOUTcast Radio directory features over 50,000 professional and community programmed radio stations from around the globe. SHOUTcast offers tremendous depth and breadth of stations with genres ranging from Rock, Alternative, Jazz, Electronica, Bollywood, Latin to Zouk across a broad set of languages including Spanish, French, German, Swahili and Portuguese.

TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio lets you listen to live local radio stations from around the world. The app features 50,000 stations and over 1 million on-demand shows from 16,000 cities including music, sports, talk, news and weather.

Pocket Shaker
Pocket Shaker turns your iPhone into any percussion instrument you can imagine. Just shake it to make the sound.

Sonos Controller for iPhone
Sonos lets you control all of your music, in every room, from your iPhone. You can manage your iTunes library, the best online music services, shows and podcasts, plus hundreds of thousands of radio stations from around the world; to stream through every room in your home.
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Concert Vault
Concert Vault for the iPhone gives you FREE access to the world’s largest collection of live concert recordings by your favorite performers. Brought to you by Wolfgang’s Vault for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, you can listen to the Vault’s latest additions, most popular concerts, and any of our four radio stations playing hundreds of songs from thousands of concerts spanning the 1950’s through today.

uDrummer Lite
uDrummer has everything you’ve imagined about drums and drummers. It features 3 types of drum sounds which are Studio Heavy, Rock and Indie with realistic drum kit design and visual effects.

NPR Music
NPR Music lets you engage, explore and discover new music of all genres. You can also read music news and reviews while listening to interviews, live concerts or exclusive streams of albums before they’re released. Multitask with the NPR Music app as your guide to new music.

Rdio
Rdio is a social music service for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and one of the best ways to listen to unlimited, on-demand music everywhere with your friends, and no ads. Follow your friends and other people with great taste in music, and find new and old favorites.
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Daytrotter
Daytrotter for the iPhone gives you new music from the best emerging bands. The app includes full iOS 5-support and intuitive display of each track’s full session feature, performer artwork, and set list.

JamBase
JamBase is a database of live music concert information, offering tens of thousands of upcoming shows across all musical genres. Create a My JamBase profile and import the artists from your device to take full advantage of the JamBase App and ensure you never miss another show for your favorite band again!

SoundCloud
With the official SoundCloud app for iPhone and iPad, you can record a voice, moment or original music in seconds and share it privately or publicly on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. Easily access, browse and listen to the sounds people share with you, wherever you are.

SoundTracking
SoundTracking is an easy, fun and expressive way to share the soundtrack to your life. Whether you’re out with friends at a restaurant, walking outdoors with your headphones on, or just hanging out with the radio on, the SoundTracking app allows you to share your special music moments as they happen. With a few taps of your phone, share a playable song snippet, photo and location all in a single post.
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Best Paid Version of Music Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

SoundHound
SoundHound is instant music search and discovery featuring music recognition, singing and humming recognition, lyrics, and real-time Facebook and Twitter updates from artists.

PocketGuitar
PocketGuitar turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a virtual guitar. You can press and strum strings, just like a real guitar. Along with several guitar sounds, you can also play Electric Bass and Ukulele in this app. You can also create various sounds by using effects such as Distortion, Chorus, Delay and Wah.

Ocarina
Smule’s Ocarina turns your iPhone into an ancient flute. With no musical training required, you’ll blow away your friends and family with your new talent.

TuneIn Radio Pro
TuneIn is a new way to listen to the world through live local and global radio from wherever you are. Whether you want music, sports, news or current events, TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 120,000 shows for you to choose from. The TuneIn Radio Pro app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch puts this entire experience in the palm of your hand with the added benefit of recording what you’re listening to.
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More Cowbell!
More Cowbell app lets you choose instrument and play your favorite cowbell related songs. Or you can have More Cowbell automatically play your power song whenever you start the app.

Drum Kit Pro
Drum Kit is one of the fastest and most realistic drum apps in the App Store. You can play along to songs from your iPod Library and record your own versions of them. You can even layer tracks on top of each other, such as adding cymbals and fills to your existing songs. You can even create your own original songs.

Guitar Rock Tour
Guitar Rock Tour lets you perform the most popular worldwide hits on your iPhone with guitar or drums.

Wunder Radio
Wunder Radio streams over 50,000 Internet radio stations and other audio streams on your iPhone or iPod touch. The app lets you listen to your favorite station from back home, catch up with talk about your favorite team or listen to a wide choice of on-demand content.
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BeatMaker
BeatMaker is a mobile music creation studio for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s ideally suited for live performance and intuitive composition. You can produce complete songs using trigger pads, sequencing tools, audio effects and much more!

DigiDrummer
DigiDrummer makes it easy and fun to play drums on your iPhone and iPod Touch. With the custom kit maker you can choose from over 200 sounds and compose your own custom kits.

Kazoo
Simple noisy fun. Amaze and annoy friends and complete strangers with impromptu kazoo jam sessions.

Bloom
Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen.
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Band
MooCowMusic:Band is a collection of virtual instruments that lets you go beyond just listening to other people’s music on your iPhone or iPod Touch, to creating music yourself from scratch. Each instrument has been designed to take advantage of the unique touchscreen of the Phone, with complex chords of up to five notes playable in real-time.

Cleartune
Cleartune is a chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe that allows you to quickly and accurately tune your instrument using the built-in mic in your iPhone or using an external mic on your 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch.

Pianist
Pianist is a mobile multi-touch piano that features full 88 key piano keyboard sampled from a real piano for maximum authenticity. You can record and save your compositions for later playback. Overdub as many times as you want, and remove unwanted notes.

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