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apple music
38.85
72
voice memos for iphone
41.91
44
notas de voz
24.74
38
apple music app
68.47
31
3
voice notes
21.33
29
2
voice memos app
41.83
23
garbage band
0.00
22
voice memo app
24.76
20
gerage band
212
19
voice memos
18.93
11
2
vocie memos
42.67
8
1
vioce memo
49.32
7
1
music memos by apple
0.00
3
boice memos
37.07
3
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App name
Music Memos
Description
Music Memos is the easiest way for songwriters to capture and organize new musical ideas. Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to record acoustic guitar, piano, voice, or any musical instrument as high-quality, uncompressed audio. Then name, tag and rate your ideas to start building a library of all your favorite new song parts and riffs. Music Memos automatically detects your tempo, rhythmic feel and chords and lets you instantly hear your musical idea accompanied by a rhythm section with realistic drums and bass. View the chords you’ve played, add comments and lyrics, or share your recordings with friends or directly to apple music Connect*. And it’s easy to take your favorite ideas into GarageBand to add more instruments and continue building your song. Quickly capture musical ideas • Easily record any musical idea using a simple interface • Instantly listen to your recorded song ideas with a virtual drummer and bass player, who follow along like a live band in the room • Adjust the groove and sound of the drum or bass using simple and intuitive controls to hear your song idea in different ways • Tune your guitar with a built-in instrument tuner Build a library of song ideas • Name any song idea, or delete unwanted recordings • Tag your song ideas to help you find them later using keywords like verse, chorus, mellow, energetic, or add your own custom tags • Rate your song idea 1-5 stars to help you identify your favorites • Supports iCloud Drive so your library of song ideas are always safe and available across all your iOS devices View, edit and document your song ideas • Automatically analyzes the music you played and displays musical measures and suggested chord names • Rename or provide further detail for any chord names throughout your song • The drum and bass performances adapt immediately to match any chord and rhythm edits • Trim away any unwanted parts from the beginning and end of your recording • Keep track of comments, lyric ideas, alternate guitar tunings or capo position Share your new song • Use iCloud Drive to make your song ideas available across all your iOS devices • Email any song idea to a friend to share your music, or to collaborate with other musicians • Quickly open your idea in GarageBand for iOS to add more instruments and keep building your song • Export a song idea to the Mac so you can work in GarageBand or Logic Pro X as a full multi-track production • Share to SoundCloud, YouTube and apple music Connect* * Requires apple music Connect account
It’s been abandoned. Look elsewhere.
by ih8pnkrok on 2020/09/18 00:11
This app was REALLY helpful when it first came out, but it has gotten much glitchier with time, and it doesn’t seem that Apple wants to continue supporting it. It freezes consistently, and is incredibly slow to start up, which has definitely proven to be a thorn in my side at points. Did it ruin my career? Nah, I’m still bad at music, but this app is arguably worse at recording ideas than I am at having them.
Apple-Develop it or release the code
by WEKIV on 2020/09/11 08:35
You have the money. You have the brilliant programmers. What’s the hold up? You’ve dangled the carrot and had lots of bites. Now give this app the attention and development that it deserves. As is, it’s an invaluable tool for mapping spontaneous musical ideas. With some fine tuning and enhancement it would be indispensable. It’s brilliant beginning is dwarfed only by its unrealized potential. PS I have no idea whether ratings affect app development , but if YOU are a MUSIC MEMO FAN who gave it a one star review because of frustration or disappointment, by all means voice your concerns and grievances, but perhaps consider changing your rating to 5 stars. Who knows? Maybe at Apples next in house developers meeting someone will notice a spike in 5 star reviews and this app will finally get the attention it deserves .
Apple please fix
by Thom Yorke's Lazy Eye on 2020/09/08 23:18
Glitches. It sometimes plays only 2 second section over and over on some of these clips and if I try to move to a different section it flips back and just loops the 2 seconds. I have to force quit and reopen but then sometimes it happens again. Also when I click to record I have to press the button multiple times for it to record
Can’t export, can’t upload to iCloud. Nothing!!!
by hafagbaann on 2020/09/03 19:32
Recorded perfect tracks on this dream app, which gives u bass and drums,... now I can’t upload to iCloud nor email nor anything to put it on my iPad .... help!,,
You Have Now Been Warned!
by CJFlu on 2020/08/31 11:16
This app will erase it’s data. Don’t do it! There is NO way to quantify the loss and anger you WILL feel and experience WHEN this app deletes all the ideas you were saving. Keep looking. Don’t download this app. This app WILL delete your files without your knowledge. I just lost two years of song beginnings, chord progressions, guitar licks, piano items I was working on, and more. GONE. And there is NO WAY to restore those items. You’re better off buying an old tape recorder. To the “people” responsible for making and updating this app, isn’t it time to do the responsible thing and remove this junk from the App Store?
Useful but can use some improvement
by Lucius N. on 2020/08/25 15:51
The app is very simple to use and the ability to add drums and bass automatically is good. The problems come when you write things in weird time signatures. You can set the time signature to 3/4, 4/4, or 6/8. This is pretty basic and more time signatures need to be added. Bugs are frequent and the app may refuse to play a recording unless you restart the app. In summary, I still use because it’s from Apple and not some developer I don’t trust, but it can use some improvement.
Really great Idea!
by machitect on 2020/08/19 20:06
Can’t wait for more features and improvements :) I will support this app knowing it can only get better.
Where’s the update?
by AppleBro1 on 2020/08/01 16:56
This app hasn’t been updated in a year? Did Apple give up on this? I hope not :(
Love it - anything else like it ?..
by ShaggyDaveO on 2020/08/01 04:10
Amazing app I hope it gets upgraded Does anyone know if anything else like this or songsmith it LaDeeDa is out there at reasonable price?
Buggy but Great for My Needs
by __mr__ho__cho on 2020/07/30 17:19
I use this app to record ideas. It is buggy tho. It lags a lot. Hoping for an update.
good in spirit
by T_Thrust on 2020/07/12 19:05
THIS APP NEEDS AN UPDATE GET IT TOGETHER APPLE. when almost every third party developer is outpacing you on your own platform- how do you justify it to yourselves
Apple
by nofeeagency on 2020/07/09 23:43
If it works is Apple.
Brand new phone, app still buggy as ever
by troubadork on 2020/07/03 02:44
It blows my mind that Apple would release this app and never address its crippling bugs.
Crashes during playback
by SuperShoeDiva on 2020/06/27 05:24
see title
Too much creativity wasted
by Macaddictr on 2020/06/20 23:50
Unfortunately as much as I have tried to make this app work due to bugs, confusing ux, and just weird behavior I have lost several song ideas. I know I’m never going to be famous and in the scheme of things my stuff isn’t important, but to me it’s everything.
How does it work?!
by mollyrollz03212012 on 2020/06/17 17:32
How does this work??? Please let me know!
Problemática
by samadorjames on 2020/06/05 23:58
Al principio funcionaba bien, pero ahora se traba y no me permite grabar ni escuchar mis pistas lo cual es frustrante porque ahí guardo mis ideas
Pretty nice but!
by Hoss4blues on 2020/05/10 17:35
Adjusting Downbeat by 1/16 notes, more time signature options, and most of all, smart tempo correction on saving would be great.
Love this app!
by NJBartocci on 2020/05/09 18:09
This app is awesome for quickly throwing down an idea. And it will give you readings of the notes, analyze tempo and even tell you a key. Plus there’s an automatic drum and bass track that you can turn on or off with the press of a button. Perfect app for sketching music ideas really quick.
Awesome concept, but lots of bugs
by Muellerm20 on 2020/05/09 02:38
I really hope that there can be more updates to this app in terms of bug fixing and just improving general function. The app is slow to start up (when I open it, I have to press the record button several times before it does anything), it is slow to start playing back recordings (sometimes the play/pause button doesn’t respond at all), along with some other things I can’t think of. I really like the concept of this app and I still use it a lot (I have hundreds of recordings on it!), so I look forward to seeing the improvements to come!
Used to be great! Apple you can do better
by Gravity_Man on 2020/05/08 21:39
Update May 2020: PLEASE UPDATE! All of us coronavirus impacted musicians need this awesome tool to be stable!! PLEASE!?!?! Update January 2020: I’ve got SOOO many notes and ideas in this thing that I don’t want to quit using it but it’s becoming unusable often. Hangs and crashes galore! But I will say it has so far eventually synced with the cloud. But I have to wait and wait. You would think that Apple would be embarrassed to have it this buggy. ——————- This app is such a great idea and has been a wonderful sketch pad and writing tool. BUT! It's gotten SOOOO sluggish and crash prone and buggy. As other reviewers have stated, this is pretty consistent after deleting and reinstalling. I love how you can take these recordings into GarageBand and then into Logic Pro to start building real tracks from these scratch tracks. Apple, you can and should do better than this! Your creative and pro apps users (who supported you and helped you survive the "dark years" before Jobs came back) are starting to feel really left out.
Please keep updating!
by cgervais on 2020/05/05 21:15
I love this little app - it’s not something I use every day, but now that I’m working from home I keep a guitar next to me and love it for jotting down quick ideas. Would love to see Apple keep this updated and improve some of the beat detection (and squash some of the bugs). As the A-series chips have improved, would love to see what else could be done for additional accompaniment.
Great for what it does! Love the transferability
by CaliforniaDude83 on 2020/05/05 01:33
Great for what it does! Love the transferability to GarageBand and the built tuner 🙌😎
Nearly a dream app come true
by bruh jones on 2020/04/28 06:51
It’s a great app for quick jotting or notation of an idea, all its features such as the auto drums and bass are neat and come in handy. One fantastic development I’d love to see is the possibility of some multiple tracking or layering within a single idea. 14/10 would recommend.
Wow
by djScottieRay on 2020/04/28 06:09
Amazing tool for song writing; serious game-changer!
Works awesome
by Q-Man19 on 2020/04/13 01:23
To the bad reviews complaining about load time you are forgetting that this is raw audio and has to be processed. It won’t be fast like compressed audio. Take a raw photo with apps like Lightroom. It will take a long time to process that image unlike just snapping a compressed one with the stock app.
THE DRUMMER IS SMART AND IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!!
by Itzak265368724 on 2020/04/12 00:55
Apple!! This is one of the best apps I’ve ever seen. If you need for a drummer to capture the feeling you are putting on your idea this is it!! I play funk, rock, blues and this drummer know where I want the extra punch. I then open GarageBand by exporting the idea and it exports with the drum track. I can then copy/paste it or loop it. APPLE, DEVELOP MUSIC MEMOS MORE!!! Incorporate it to Logic Pro X too!
Need ability to pin notes to parts of the recording.
by {AJ} on 2020/04/11 20:59
Really like this app, it’s a great asset to quickly record ideas. My only suggestion though would be to add a feature that lets us pin a note to a specific section of the recording. I use this mainly to record quick “mumble demos” and, being able to pin notes to a section of a song would really help with labeling where instruments should go for the actual demo.
Slow
by nordlu on 2020/03/31 01:28
Everything’s slow. I have about 200 recordings, and it takes forever for the app to respond to touch input. For a creative app, getting irritated waiting around is a real buzzkill. If someone cared, this could be fixed in an update, but the app seems to be on life support judging by the update history. It’s too bad, because this used to be my favorite app for recording ideas.
Best worst
by Parishsouth on 2020/03/28 00:16
This app records and auto applies bass and drums. Bass and drums are editable: if u use GarageBand, files ca be exported directly in and separated onto their own tracks; but then the program begins to freeze and the pats the end
WARNING-Incredible app with a HUGE flaw
by MusicMemosBurnedFan on 2020/03/19 07:37
The reason to use this app over other higher rated ones is the automated drums and bass that matches your tempo. That is a huge innovation and I can’t believe Apple has not done more with it. However there is a huge flaw in the app, and that is with iCloud sync. DO NOT switch iCloud sync on. The app was working great for me until I went to settings and hit that switch. Suddenly the app kept freezing. So I disabled the sync. Then it loaded and all of my demos had disappeared. My heart rate went through the roof. I thought I had lost everything. Eventually I figured out that once you sync to iCloud, you cannot go back. You are stuck with iCloud. And it is horrendously slow. There may be a way to delete the app without deleting the data, and reinstall and leave the sync off, but don’t try any of that until you back up. I had to download software on my Mac that could locate files on my iPhone. Once I found the file (called Ideas.bundle) I saved to my Mac and all the demos were in that package. I spent hours figuring that out. But again, do not enable iCloud sync! Either email every demo to yourself, or use the file explorer software. Or both to be safe. Not the first time I’ve been burned by iCloud - I will never trust iCloud again.
Bugs have always been bad, but it’s now unusable
by Andy rates... on 2020/03/19 03:10
So much promise, but the app has always taken forever to load or play back audio. It crashes often and sometimes deletes recordings. But now it doesn’t even load anymore.
Please fix!!!
by UbiquitousGeek on 2020/03/17 10:41
I can’t get to my recordings on my iPad Pro because the a blank space slides up from the bottom when the app loads and it moves my drawer icon beyond the top of the screen. What am I supposed to do, wait for them to save to iCloud so I can listen to them on my iPhone, which sounds like a tin can compared to the iPad Pro?
Great Concept, Buggy Implémentation
by donutman528 on 2020/03/08 04:35
The title pretty much sums up the experience. I love the idea of pressing a button and having the app figure out the time and key, but there are too many bugs. If I delete a recording then start a new one, it keeps replaying the old recording. There are other bugs as well, I wish there was more developer support for this great idea.
Music memos
by Fisaa on 2020/02/27 17:22
It served my purpose really well but only works for one page of tunes. I practice at home to learn to accompany playing with my percussion. Can you suggest another app that will record more? LikeMusic Memos? Thanks MA.
Keep This App Alive & Functional!
by iPodX7 on 2020/02/24 20:40
I wish Apple would work hard and efficient with this app as they do with GarageBand & Logic because it’s a great app, great concept for us music or artist but it needs to be updated and those bugs need to be brushed off. The app closes too often and freezes at moments! I love you Apple, I love the products and even your apps but can we not forget even the smallest apps please? Thank you I will update this to a 5 star when I see improvement. And trust me. I don’t forget.
Love this app, but
by Fortheloveofgod... on 2020/02/15 19:42
I love this app and I’ve used it for the past few years. Recently though I’ve noticed that my saved recordings are “updating” when I try to view or listen to them. They have apparently been updating for the past three weeks and I cannot see or hear them. Any advice?
Music memo
by Darttung on 2020/02/11 01:06
Great app, it would be great to be able to share.
Please fix the low input bug!
by Namey,namey on 2020/02/09 22:48
This used to be a 5 star app for quick, great sounding demos, but now its nearly unusable. Whenever I try to record anything, I get a message that says that it was too quiet. I can barely hear what I record and usually the drums and bass don’t match because the input is so low. Really disappointing because I used to use this a ton. I hope you guys plan to update this or add something similar into GarageBand! That auto drummer is great when it works. Thanks.
Not bad but not good.
by Sgt.34 on 2020/02/03 19:45
I’ve been using it for years to capture song ideas and send them to other writers. The drum assistance is pretty good with generally allowing only to tempos. But the bass addition is completely horrible. It never follows the cords of the song and is completely unusable. Overall, not bad for idea captures.
Used to work
by Wicker Brainpan on 2020/01/21 20:37
This used to be awesome. Now it seems to be broken. Cant play back most of my recordings anymore. There are definitely some bugs in it that havent been fixed by updates in a LOOOOOOOONNG time. It takes way too long to start up now too. This is a great way to completely lose your recording. I hope i didnt pay money for it. Ive had it so long i cant remember. Its basically useless.
Whadda Want? This brilliant
by J7Swift on 2020/01/19 02:25
What was that that little riff? What key ? What were those first few words.. Your entire song sketch is saved and complemented with rhythm if you want Not a recording tool. A songwriters dream. It savesYour chords on the fly.
Yeah it just straight up does not work.
by Eddie Corbo on 2020/01/15 19:08
Dang. I thought the reviews would be overreacting. It literally just doesn’t work.
Delete all my saved ideas without warning
by Colin.iTunes on 2020/01/10 07:34
I used to put this app on my home screen for years, because this app was exactly what I need to record my flashy ideas. But till today, I opened it and found all my saved ideas has ... gone! It’s empty now! How come?! I’m using iCloud for backup all my data, including this app, but this app just erased all my records, nothing left... And no warning before it did that! I’m very sad and angry now!
Once great, now unusable
by motobecane on 2020/01/05 21:08
Was great for a while, but now unusably slow and glitchy. Often fails to record or play back. Sometimes just freezes completely. Would pay for a fixed version as there is nothing else quite like it.
A broken app
by saitamaman on 2019/12/27 03:32
After I recorded my guitar with this app, I pressed play to listen to the recorded guitar audio, it had a delayed a little before it played my guitar part then the second time it didn’t work instead of it playing, it bugged. I don’t recommend this app, better luck with GarageBand or voice memo.
Slowness is its downfall
by nadeemps on 2019/12/27 01:41
This could be a simple but useful app—if only it was fast. On my iPhone 11 Pro, everything you could possibly do has a wait period. Even booting up takes longer to load than my email inbox! But if everything was optimized for speed, this would be quicker than writing down notes.
Update it
by Andrew5152 on 2019/12/26 21:08
This app is good when it actually works. Fix it.
Disappointed a LOT
by sabeehbinshafiq on 2019/12/25 12:10
It’s breaking down every single time now. Whenever an idea is recorded, it CANNOT be played unless the app is restarted. Sometimes not even that helps. I’m looking for alternatives now. Really disappointed in Apple with this one. And so basically instead of improving and introducing new features, it’s the opposite going on.
Takes way too long to use
by itsmedannyc on 2019/12/05 22:05
Very inconsistent. I’ve been using this since the beginning and I’m now looking for other alternatives. It’s slow and unreliable. Please update this!!
Sadly neglected
by scottinspace on 2019/12/03 17:07
Basically broken now on my iPhone 8. Loved this app but it does not seem to work consistently any longer. Buttons won’t respond, songs glitch and loop if it does work. Would love an update.
Great app, where’s the updates???
by Jerr Fitz on 2019/11/21 02:53
This app has been WONDERFUL - PLEASE don’t abandon it... as a musician, I rely on this for writing and practicing often. Turning the app on, the record button takes too long (sometimes doesn’t even record at all). Crashes each time I open an old ‘idea’. This has gotten so bad, I can no longer access any of my recordings. I’m scared I’m going to lose them. Please update or fix this issue!!!
Please add tab for lyrics!
by Emilcheese on 2019/11/11 15:01
I love this app for quickly saving musical ideas in my head. I would love it one more star if there was a tab on each memo for jotting lyrics down for that particular track. Please!
Become too buggy
by erichenry14 on 2019/11/02 17:03
I loved this app but now its become so buggy - songs not recording, recorded ideas disappearing, and slow, that it is all but unusable. With an update I’ll give it 5 stars.
Used to be a great app but has been abandoned.
by Hockey mo on 2019/10/29 20:53
Laggy and buggy and slow. Someone should make a copy of this app that actually works.
Used to be great
by BigRedCanadian on 2019/10/28 19:30
Can no longer import the recordings with bass and drums into garage band after updating to the new IOS. So this app is now useless. Apple please fix this!
Broken on iOS 13 - no longer saves recordings
by maritimeseven on 2019/10/28 03:10
This app is normally amazing, but ever since iOS 13 was released it no longer saves recordings at all. Existing recordings won’t upload to iCloud. Please help us!
Make a upload to cloud
by Danniyyyy on 2019/10/27 22:48
I really love this app but i want to save all of my work on the cloud with out having to select every single idea. could you please add the option to “select” the ideas to make it faster.
Great app, but broken export in iOS 13
by Don L.L. on 2019/10/21 08:46
This is a great app, but exporting a song idea to share is broken in iOS 13. It just hangs on the exporting screen with progress indicator filled halfway. It had been working fine in iOS 12 — I just exported a song last week.
You used to be amazing… Not anymore
by Shik Shot on 2019/10/13 06:11
I remember when I downloaded this app along time ago. This app was groundbreaking. Ever since iPhone 11 Pro and iOS 13 (or later) got released this app turned into garbage. It does not work fast, it crashes, it doesn’t apply the Instruments to the recording. Please fix it immediately!!! As a singer-songwriter, I can say that this app is essential for me. So please fix it goddamnit!
I loved this app until I didn’t
by gehsjsiidjn on 2019/10/08 20:09
This app is amazing except for the fact that it just stopped giving me access to my recordings. It kept saying “updating” and wouldn’t let me listen to them and then right now I just opened the app and all my recordings are completely gone except the last three I just did. Even a recording I made only ten minutes ago just vanished. I can’t then find anywhere in the app and there is no instruction on where there might be a backup or anything. I am very upset at losing months worth of material.
Review by a real musician🎶🎵
by xtvgdv on 2019/10/06 23:25
I ♥️ it!!! I use it all the time.
Where did my songs go?
by The newlyweds! on 2019/09/14 13:03
When opening the app each song begins updating. When completed they are removed from my song list. What is happening?
It’s not working
by MovieFan1! on 2019/09/07 05:31
It’s not loading my song pieces. I have 12-13gb of music and can’t access them on my iPhone 6s. I also pay the buck a month for 50gb just so I can access these guitar clips I created yet I’m wasting money because the app just crashes or won’t load any of my songs...
Broken
by Hating Facebook right now on 2019/08/28 11:50
Just read another review about how Apple has abandoned the app... about how the app is broken. That review pretty much sums it up. It was a fantastic at but I guess they decided to do away with it because it doesn’t work. Won’t open. Won’t let you look at saved files. The really unfortunate thing is when I reach out to support they pretend to walk me through possible solutions… The usual stuff about rebooting and making sure I have updated my phone… But I don’t think they’re going to help me recover my lost files
Was a good app
by strikersx on 2019/08/17 16:32
I used to love this app. It takes too long to start, glitches out on me all the time, and freezes randomly. I’m on iPhone 8, fully updated. As a musician I need ideas to be recorded quickly as possible and these problems have been happening for months...
Doesn’t seem to multi track
by AlanLaBudde on 2019/08/07 02:34
I thought I could multitrack with this but I guess I can’t… I give it for five stars for what it is but I’m not so impressed with the job back up drum back up and I’m not so impressed with Apple voice recognition technology ha ha Ha
This app is great but...
by multitasker01 on 2019/08/05 19:33
I don’t usually write reviews but I really like this app and all the cool features it has such as the add on guitar/drums and being able to label each recording off into sections. One thing I really wish the manufacturers included was the ability to record while on another app on your phone. Most of the time when I’m recording covers or my own songs, I look up lyrics/chords and I wish I could record while also looking up something else.
A new bar for stupidity
by curly.net on 2019/08/03 21:29
As a perfectionist, I am often in awe of some people's ability to take a very public dump, and just move on without a second thought.
Broken
by lilwest503 on 2019/07/30 21:19
Beginnings of a great app but all the problems it has will just irritate you when your trying to hurry up and record an idea because of all the bugs. Update Now the app keeps downloading deleting and repeating the same thing each time I use the app it’s really annoying.
I really like this app and use it quite often.
by lmrozanski on 2019/07/28 06:13
I find this app very useful for recording ideas on the go when inspiration hits. A little laggy between tap and response, but something I can get used to. This actually surprises me coming from Apple, but I’m rating in terms of features and in that regard this is a solid and simple app that gets the job done extremely well.
Music Memos Rocks!
by poeticpestilence on 2019/07/27 17:00
Very useful app for on the go fun and pretty serious note taking! Auto drummer and bass is rather creative and well adjusted. Wish it had a looper feature, either way this app is excellent.
Indespensible, One Request
by ™™ on 2019/07/25 04:02
This app is an essential part of my process. I suggest it to other songwriters all the time. One feature request that would make all the difference and require a couple lines of code and checkbox in XCode — enable Background Audio! I love using this app to experiment with lyrics and need to switch to different apps to take notes while I listen back.
Y’all need to make it easier to find.
by Siggie1990 on 2019/07/22 17:23
Took me a while longer than expected to find this in App Store. Maybe add tags like “music tuner” or “pitch tuner”
Wonderful app for quickly grabbing ideas!
by Koostix on 2019/07/13 18:58
I love how easy this app is to use and how quickly it is to get down your idea on guitar or keyboard or just with your voice the option to add back up drums and bass is really cool too. Very useful app to spur creativity. Thank you Apple. Please keep this app around!
Music Memos
by u full of on 2019/07/07 21:17
I love it !
Broken
by ScottSanders on 2019/07/02 15:17
Used to be useful. Now it constantly updates/synchronizes and I can't access my songs. It's been weeks now. Aaaaaahhhhh!
What happened?
by CTL2006 on 2019/07/02 00:14
I used to LOVE this app! It helped store all my ideas, helped with rhythm suggestion, easy to use interface, etc. Sure, it still had some bugs, but was overall really helpful...until a few months ago. Then it would just crash. Apple? Any explanations?
Trash
by abbie1701 on 2019/07/01 16:08
This app is honestly just ... bad? The app shuts down in the same spot of a recording every time on multiple recordings, it’ll refuse to play an entire recording, the usability is just terrible, the button calibration is bad, and the app overall is just super slow. Definitely don’t download, not worth your time.
I love music memo but now again it stopped working!
by MámiFutureLawyer1031 on 2019/06/29 05:58
In almost 2020 this shouldn’t be occurring ...” When will you CARE enough to fix this most relevant problem? I’ve even reinstalled it 2x this evening, But it is still not working, while deleting all notes, recordings.” I try utilizing it, when I record it freeze on mi Apple XR, so I can’t see recordings! Also, it says for one month now “ too quiet.” Til fixed, I give it (for now)a minus ONE star.” This is frustrating to say the least.” I pray APPLE finally care enough and resolve this huge “ too quiet” issue as clearly, it’s been affecting so many who fully have relied on Memo MusicNotes.” Adios...
Bad
by North1834207645 on 2019/06/26 18:39
I just recorded an important rehearsal using music memos, and it is unusable. It plays the first 30 seconds of the 97 minute recording, then the app closes and that’s it. The other app “VOICE memos” has worked reliably in the past so I thought this was a safe bet, but MUSIC memos won’t play my recording. I suspect that it can’t handle a 97 minute recording. My experience with this app is very bad.
Great tool, and it’s free!
by Jonnie Sparkel on 2019/06/23 17:01
Please keep up the good work! Can’t find much else that detects the chords sung/played into it. Just awesome!
Fine, but missing a no brainer feature or 2
by Thegame2737 on 2019/06/23 01:48
The app is nice, does what it says it will, but I wish there was more ability to organize and collaborate. Why no folder system so you can make multiple memos for a song and keep them together? Why no ability to have a shared folder with other iOS users so multiple people can hear the memos and add ideas of their own?
LOVE it! Apple Watch support?
by Sergio Vuskovic on 2019/06/20 23:48
I’m a musician, and I absolutely LOVE Music memos!!! Suggestion: it would be even more awesome if I could remote control it from my Apple Watch, please consider this feature in your next update. Thanks!!
Awesome app that needs updates
by hamburgerdinosaur on 2019/06/10 00:06
Please improve the UI and fix the bugs, Apple. This is a really handy and awesome app otherwise!
Completely useless
by JohnLenio on 2019/06/07 15:46
App can't play back more than a 3 second loop of whatever I recorded. Total waste of time.
Bruh moment
by Zachyman12300 on 2019/06/01 21:49
Actually a bruh moment when you update a dead app you forgot to update for your own device Great app though
Bug: Stop, Change Chord, Cursor returns to bar 4
by Benroddis on 2019/05/30 04:09
I love this app. It’s so useful in so many ways. But there’s a bug that is quite annoying. When changing chords (the Cm7 button), if I pause playback, change the chord for a measure, then resume playback, the cursor always returns to somewhere near the beginning of the track. Very frustrating when changing chords near the end of a song, and it starts back up at the beginning again! Please fix!
Finally, Thank you for the update!
by Jaghond on 2019/05/29 11:09
However basic the app is, I enjoy using it even with the bugs and issues. It serves a unique need of casual recording and quickly adding beats and bass and sharing. I haven’t found an alternative for this yet. I have been clinging to this app and was going to use it till it’s last dying breath. But I am extremely glad to see the update. Apple, please please please keep this app updated. If you had new features, I’ll probably die of joy.
Almost perfect!
by Johns_hair_is_fabulous on 2019/05/29 09:41
This app works great! I love being able to provide notes and label chords that I previously would forget when recording in voice memos. It works for everything I would want to use it for with one exception. Id love a feature where you could stack audio clips, each would have separate labeling but it would allow for putting melodies over chords or bass lines underneath. 4 stars!
yay Face ID phone support!
by TheManfre on 2019/05/29 09:31
good updated finally... I think it’s a little faster too... could be faster though!
FINALLY iPhone X !!!
by JosephKellum on 2019/05/28 18:43
Thank you for finally updating this for iPhone X! Much much much better.
So Buggy Its Unusable
by JoeyCoe on 2019/05/27 23:12
If you can’t make it right, don’t make it at all. This app freezes half the time, crashes the rest of the time. Good idea, appalling execution from Apple.
An Essential App That’s Become Unusable
by Mahavites on 2019/05/10 01:03
I’ve been using Music Memos since it’s original release and it quickly became an indispensable part of my toolkit. As a guitar player I really appreciate how geared it is for my needs. I love that it has a notes section that also features places to mark capo positioning and tuning (I do really wish that it let you save multiple custom tubings instead of just one though). I also love the auto detect record option. These features make so much sense and are so well thought out. However, recently the app has become almost completely broken. It takes FAR too long to be ready to record after opening which is obviously a major problem when an idea strikes and you need to get it recorded quickly. I’m so disappointed that it appears that Apple has abandoned this app as evidenced by the fact that it hasn’t been updated in 8 months and hasn’t even updated to fit iPhone X screens. I’ve been clinging to Music Memos for as long as I could, but sadly I have to start looking elsewhere. I would be thrilled to see an update soon.
No icon on my screen
by FabChang on 2019/05/07 16:37
Downloaded this app just now and cant find the icon on my screen. Check my setting and shows it was downloaded. In order for me to use the app I gave to search it on app store and open or go to setting and look it up with the rest of the apps. Now i want to remove this app but no options to do that. Help how to remove this app?
Worst application. Apple doesn’t care about its users anymore.
by Techsumer on 2019/05/07 16:32
USERS BEWARE!!! I have lost 36 recordings and song ideas due to the failure of the app to load. Switched to this application thinking it would be better than a standard voice memo but I was wrong. Apple has stopped caring for its customers in favor of the all mighty dollar.
So close but so frustrating
by jeremy hillary boob phd on 2019/05/07 05:33
All my voice notes that I use on this app begin with me shouting at the app to open and start, it takes so long to start recording or to do anything on it - there’s always a 5-10 second lag time and it completely interrupts and kills whatever idea I had that I was trying to record. I’ve been using it for a few months now and have hundreds of blank 0 second recordings from pressing the record button and it taking a MINUTE to start recording - so close to being great but so frustrating If you fixed this lag time, this app would be perfect. But as it stands, it’s kinda garbage.
So far so good!
by Isaac1976 on 2019/05/05 16:21
Please add a 2nd track! I would like to remember my solos after adding rhythm.
Too many bugs
by Luke Shugert on 2019/05/04 16:10
It’s unusable too many bugs you can’t even play back your song!!
An Essential App That’s Become Unusable
by Mahavites on 2019/05/10 01:03
I’ve been using Music Memos since it’s original release and it quickly became an indispensable part of my toolkit. As a guitar player I really appreciate how geared it is for my needs. I love that it has a notes section that also features places to mark capo positioning and tuning (I do really wish that it let you save multiple custom tubings instead of just one though). I also love the auto detect record option. These features make so much sense and are so well thought out. However, recently the app has become almost completely broken. It takes FAR too long to be ready to record after opening which is obviously a major problem when an idea strikes and you need to get it recorded quickly. I’m so disappointed that it appears that Apple has abandoned this app as evidenced by the fact that it hasn’t been updated in 8 months and hasn’t even updated to fit iPhone X screens. I’ve been clinging to Music Memos for as long as I could, but sadly I have to start looking elsewhere. I would be thrilled to see an update soon.
Great idea, but bugs make it nearly unusable
by yizquierdo on 2017/07/22 20:35
I really wanted to like this app due to its simple and elegant interface and good sound quality, however, there are too many unacceptable bugs to make it reliable for a working musician. I use this app in both an iPhone and iPad, both last generation and the experience is consistent. I have also been using the app since its inception and no updates have addressed the issues. Firstly, yes, it takes the app 5-10 seconds just to load the waveform image, and you have to wait until that happens to listen back. The longer you record, the longer it takes for this to happen. If you delete and re-record more than 2 or 3 times in a row, the app will either freeze or stop deleting and recording anything new. It appears to delete and record successfully, but when you play it back, it continues to show and play the last take. Also, it will sometimes stop audio capture (or playback, not sure which one) mid take, despite showing a waveform. I find myself having to restart the app, but I usually just stop using after a while to stop wasting time. I have deleted and re-downloaded the app several times. If you need a recording app for practicing where deleting and retaking is a must, this app is simply unusable. It is clear Apple has not allocated enough resources to properly test and debug it.
This app is amazing. But there still are some bugs. Even as a voiceover user, I see them.
by dj.benz_304 on 2017/10/04 21:51
As the title clearly states, there are still some bugs in the app. It’s automatically opening my ideas, and it shouldn’t be. However, I still like it, and it still usable, however, there are some people that are still saying that there are some bugs in it. And I do agree. The opening the idea automatically, is one of them. And while I do agree with someone else that adding reverb, and other effects to hear sound quality instrument, is great. Sometimes, during this experience, do you have does crash every once in a while. But, hopefully the next update will fix this. Keep continuing to do updates, and I look forward to seeing them. As the bugs get squashed, maybe a lot of us will continue to use this app a little more. I am a music fan nonetheless, and I am trying to write songs myself. Of course this app has crashes, but that was not what I meant. I meant, the app sometimes crashes. Just figured I would receive that a little bit because of me using dictation as a blind man.
A few gripes from a daily user
by NoahSloah on 2017/03/28 13:49
This is a fantastic app. There are a few issues that could use some work however. A lot of other reviewers talk about the lag of it and that is pretty major. It seems to take a bit for the app to "update" the waveform view. This at least provides user feedback however. When I tap the blue record button sometimes nothing happens. I guess the app is initializing the microphone or something. You have to wait until you see the incoming sound circles emanating from the button for it to be ready to record, which is not immediately obvious. I also wish that it would handle the iPhone's power saving features better. Sometimes exporting a track will be interrupted by the phone going to sleep which seems to interrupt the process, forcing the user to start again. That or you have to tap the screen to keep the phone awake, but remember not to tap the cancellation "x". Again, this is a fantastic app. I use it every day to send song ideas to band mates. There are missing features that might be useful, but adding too much stuff runs the risk of bloating it.
Mostly love!
by KCRW Addict on 2018/12/21 01:50
This is a great app to use to capture an idea quickly, then get inspiration for baselines and grooves using the automatic accompaniment. However, though the chord analysis is often wildly inaccurate unless you’re using root position major or minor chords (one star down), the most frustrating part about this is the iCloud refresh. If you are out somewhere with poor cellular reception, the recordings are unavailable until they refresh (or update) which means that you have no access to your ideas until you’re back in a good place for WiFi or cellular. There’s no option to turn off cellular data for background refresh or an option to update only over WiFi. Seems like that would be an easy fix, but I’m no developer. Anyway, despite those pretty significant frustrations, the app has definitely given me more warm fuzzies for its inspiration that frown lines from its quirks.
Maybe next time put in something that shows users how to use the app
by Shoob512 on 2019/03/26 21:56
I didn’t have it for too long because I couldn’t find how to use it. There’s no tutorial and I can’t understand how to use the guitar and drum set. I also can’t upload audio and for some reason anytime I tried to edit a video it created a new copy which is really stupid because when you edit something like a background noise out you generally don’t want to keep the original. That’s the point of editing. I might have missed something but there’s no way for me to learn the stupid controls (all 5 of them!) I might re-download the app if I can figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do with it but I would rate it 0 stars if I could because that’s how much I was able to accomplish on it. I guess 1 star makes more sense because of the hour of time I wasted on it and how long I used it before deleting it. This app is literally just voice memos except they think that because they can detect pitch they’re totally different. I personally think it’s complete garbage and it’s really hard to describe it without cussing.
Awesome concept, but lots of bugs
by Muellerm20 on 2020/05/09 02:38
I really hope that there can be more updates to this app in terms of bug fixing and just improving general function. The app is slow to start up (when I open it, I have to press the record button several times before it does anything), it is slow to start playing back recordings (sometimes the play/pause button doesn’t respond at all), along with some other things I can’t think of. I really like the concept of this app and I still use it a lot (I have hundreds of recordings on it!), so I look forward to seeing the improvements to come!
Great for sketching out music ideas
by catpetter2001 on 2019/04/04 21:48
Prior to using this app i was using the voice memos because i didn't know about this app. When I found out about this app I was eager to give it a try. I grabbed my fender hellcat and played a riff I've been playing for quite some time. I loved how it automatically added bass and drums to the riff. I thought that was the fullest extent of the app until I went to share a musical idea. When I saw that you can upload this directly to GarageBand I was overjoyed. I love how the drummer and bass player also get transferred to GarageBand. What I would like to see is a section where you can basically tab your song manually because the app doesn’t always get the chord right other then that this app rocks 🎸
What a great app!..... when it first came out.
by Hank of the hill on 2019/02/14 18:38
What a great idea! Too bad apple gave up on it. I get that they are too busy trying to sell XR’s but this was a great and useful tool at one point. I dropped every other voice memo app to use this. It was so handy to record, edit, notate, and organize all my songs and ideas. Then one day I would hit record and it would not respond. Hit the record button again, it would record and stop after one second. Hmm. Then it kept happening. It became a part of my work flow. Hit record, it records a one second blip that I delete then second go it would start recording. Then the end of 2017 came along and the new fancy iPhone X came out. It’s 2019 and they app still isn’t optimized for the display. I guess I should export all of my songs and ideas out before the app won’t open. Please apple, update this app or at least stop letting it on “best music app” showcases on the App Store home page.
App frozen! Can’t access my recordings!!!
by queenleyva on 2018/10/23 08:40
This app is really cool and I love using it! But I am really panicking right now. I’ve been using it for about 6 month and I’ve never had an issue until now. I just got the iPhone XS Max and I backed up all my data from my old phone including music memos and moved everything to the new phone. But now I think I just lost all the work I did in it. The app will load but it just freezes and sometimes it will let me view my library and I can see that my recordings are there but the app is just frozen and won’t let me listen to them nor open them to export them. I tried restarting my phone and force quitting the app. Only thing left to do is delete it and reinstall but I’m afraid that will definitely delete all the recordings. I’m sad this app is unusable now but I’m really freaking out about losing my recordings! Please fix this ASAP!
Do not use this app.
by Tennox of the Antiverse on 2018/07/20 06:57
I absolutely loved this app when it came out. I used it for every piano and guitar idea that popped into my mind. I had around 100 ideas on this thing and one day it stopped working entirely. It would load the start screen and freeze. After hours and hours of tech support no one was able to get any answers or any help retrieving my now lost song ideas. This app looks great and is genuinely a great idea, but it’s not worth the risk. Voice memos works absolutely fine and has never lost me any ideas. Beyond that, voice memos actually stores its files in your iTunes so if it were to mess up you’d have a backup. Even with iCloud turned on I have no way to get my song ideas back. It has absolutely earned 1 out of 5 stars. I will never use this app again.
Need to be great again...
by Wilkin77 on 2016/12/05 23:10
OK so I am a musician and songwriter who relies on this software as it is very easy to use and simple. It has very useful features such as autostart in which it starts recording when it hears sound. Do you additional instruments my drums and bass are very useful as well as you can see how the song might sound with other live instruments. The app would be great if it actually worked. There is a lot of waiting and delays when I try to go to my sound library where all my demos and ideas have been recorded. Is very laggy. Before iOS 10 it was working marvelously but now it lags too much and is a pain to use. Please fix the lag and the delays when trying to switch features. Make it smooth.
I've been waiting for an app like this
by B.Hayes213 on 2016/10/06 19:27
I used to use the voice memos app for all my random on-the-spot ideas, but it was never easy to sort through or export. Just the fact that this app keeps the simplicity of being able to just hit record and go, while giving me tagging and export options is more than enough for me. The drums and bass features are pretty gimmicky, and the note/chord detection is okay, but since this app hits a home run on the rest, and those features don't get in the way, I still say this app is a huge success.
51 ish T
by Dead dad 50 on 2019/04/07 07:59
This is so worth any dollar amount for the creativity that it puts out. I can’t believe the recording quality. If I Record on my phone and take it to my car with a bigger bass system and play the bass and drums in time it sounds like I recorded with the full band. That is the best. And im not Just saying this because me and my daughter recorded a really good song on it tonight. I’ve had it for about 2 months now. The only Change would be sometimes being able to fire the bass player and drummer that would be great. Wink wink.
Potential, but no.
by Slowmotionaudio on 2018/10/06 00:05
Every time I open the app it doesn't register my first press of the record button. I wait and try to press again, then it does this glitchy press and then unrecord. Then I have to delete a 1 second clip. Also, I will do a PERFECT take of something just nailing it and then I name it and the app freezes. I can't do anything and I try to wait. I resort to having to close app and the song disappears. I don't even know why I trust it to keep coming back to this app. It's so buggy. I can't even listen to any of my old songs!!! There's no point in recording in this app. They all just say "updating" all the time. Even if it is updating to the cloud, why would you make the entire library inaccessible ? I also get a message popping up saying I don't have enough space on my phone so everything will be stored to the cloud. But I have like 90GB free on my phone and only 100 or less music memos. So they are 1GB a piece for 2 minutes of a acoustic guitar? No. By the way I'm on a brand new iPhone X. It's been having these problems for the last 6 updates of this app. Nothing has been fixed.
Brilliant-
by ianjo on 2017/07/20 06:47
An app that is beyond anything, any little bugs are minor unless related to reliability. This app is purely brilliant. Musical idea sketchpad with only what is needed at each point in the recording process. The drums and bass auto accompaniment and auto time signature aren't perfect but employ a veritable and surprisingly adept AI. I have never written an app rating and may never again. As a composer wanting to be uncluttered, it's reliable and useful and exports to GB easily. Used with a iPhone, iTrack mic pre's, and a few nice mic's this makes great recordings and is so intuitive.
Great, but could use some fixes.
by connorfourhundred on 2017/02/02 16:46
I'm so happy that this kind of app exists, but there are a lot of features that could be added or tweaked. First off, why is there no way to share memos? I can't email them to myself, I can't put them on my library or text them or anything. It's annoying. Regular memos have this, why doesn't Music Memos? The tagging feature is a great way to organize tracks, but it doesn't work as well as it could. You still have to search for the specific tag you want, why can't I look at a list of tags, and click on the different tags to show all the tracks that I've tagged as that. Like a kinda folder situation. It would just make it much easier to get around. Also why does it take so long to start up. Whe I want to record, I want to record. And when I go to try to listen to something I record a long time ago, half the tracks say "updating". Updating what??? Anyway, cool app, some great features, but needs some work. Love you.
Used to be great! Apple you can do better
by Gravity_Man on 2020/05/08 21:39
Update May 2020: PLEASE UPDATE! All of us coronavirus impacted musicians need this awesome tool to be stable!! PLEASE!?!?! Update January 2020: I’ve got SOOO many notes and ideas in this thing that I don’t want to quit using it but it’s becoming unusable often. Hangs and crashes galore! But I will say it has so far eventually synced with the cloud. But I have to wait and wait. You would think that Apple would be embarrassed to have it this buggy. ——————- This app is such a great idea and has been a wonderful sketch pad and writing tool. BUT! It's gotten SOOOO sluggish and crash prone and buggy. As other reviewers have stated, this is pretty consistent after deleting and reinstalling. I love how you can take these recordings into GarageBand and then into Logic Pro to start building real tracks from these scratch tracks. Apple, you can and should do better than this! Your creative and pro apps users (who supported you and helped you survive the "dark years" before Jobs came back) are starting to feel really left out.
Like Robert Downey Jr in his rough years
by mitchard on 2018/06/09 17:53
This app was once phenomenal, but has not been updated to be compatible with recent iOS versions, and for the last year or more has been almost unusably buggy. I stick with it because I don’t want to lose the hundreds of ideas I’ve saved using the app (which often vanish into the cloud & are [to my knowledge] impossible to retroactively store on the phone,,, very frustrating when I have no service [every day, because I work in the woods]). THAT SAID, the concept is great and I hope dearly that the developers will put some love into the app soon!
One Star Despite Hundreds of Tumes
by Arathier on 2018/06/24 05:41
I echo the sentiments of the other reviewers who point out the complete lack of attention given to this genius idea. Apple, do you not have enough capital to update this? If you hold the patent on this technology, you should release it to another so they can help enhance the artistic world. Who knows, the next Superstition could be written just because some writer captures the riff on his phone. Instead, we have to interrupt the flow by the needless delays and crashes. I have hundreds of ideas captured on Music Memos back when it worked. You might as well just delete the app from the store. I gave it one star even though it could have 5. Songwriters need this tool. Please get it right! Respectfully submitted.
Finally, Thank you for the update!
by Jaghond on 2019/05/29 11:09
However basic the app is, I enjoy using it even with the bugs and issues. It serves a unique need of casual recording and quickly adding beats and bass and sharing. I haven’t found an alternative for this yet. I have been clinging to this app and was going to use it till it’s last dying breath. But I am extremely glad to see the update. Apple, please please please keep this app updated. If you had new features, I’ll probably die of joy.
Useful, but so frustrating to use
by Deltalux on 2019/04/28 22:16
You have an idea and you want to get it recorded before you lose it. Music Memos is a terrible app for this if you have a lot of ideas. Its insistence on syncing tracks in the foreground before it will let you record sinks this app’s usability. To Apple: Why do you guys make it so hard to stay in the Apple ecosystem with your basic apps??? If it’s meant for beginners then I’d really appreciate and pay money for a pro version on my phone. The organizational aspects of the app are better than any other. If they can fix the performance they’ll have a good app that I’d pay money for. But until then I am looking elsewhere.
Works as great as it needs to (For Rock&Roll)
by DeadBlackDiddleyDaddy on 2019/02/22 01:40
I can pick up my guitar, position the mic towards my Un-amplified electric guitar, lay down a guitar track, then share it to the GarageBand app on my phone, then air drop that project onto GarageBand on my MacBook. This Is A Brilliant Idea Of An App, And Even Without Any Improved anything, I can still write and record songs/music to sell on band camp. Thank you so much for this app, As a independent song writer, I Am truly grateful to live in a time where apps/tech like this is even real. Thanks Apple.
Great even with bugs.
by Lzyprson on 2017/11/24 17:01
This is by far the most useful music app, even with the bugs. I wish the auto record function was a little smarter and I wish there was a way to use a metronome with it picking up on the recording. FYI Much of the bugs revolve around the files constantly updating to other devices in iCloud. I really do hope Apple addresses this, but in the interim I’ll continue to use the app and look forward to new features. Ps. Restarting the app clears all bugs.
Great idea, poor operation
by ChargerCharlie on 2017/03/16 06:35
I would usually use voice memo to record lil riffs n things from my guitar but for some reason it won't play my old recordings and if it does it will only do one at a time. Then I have to close it and open it again to play another old recording. This app is an awesome idea and I love all the tweaks and notes you can add to it. The only thing is it freezes or gets laggy a lot. Every time I finish a recording and try to back out of editing it or importing it, it freezes. Needs a lil work and a metronome but your on the right path Apple.
Good start
by drew_beck on 2018/10/26 01:33
This does a lot of things right for how I want to use it. The biggest issue I have is with naming and organizing your recordings. Ideally I'd be able to quickly add a bunch of tracks to a folder, so that I can file away all the takes from a song or a session. Bulk renaming would also be great. The issue is that I end up with a bunch of "My Idea #" tracks. Renaming one by one is too tedious. Also dope would be a lil bit of speech recognition so I can say "this is Song Title" and it would auto name the recording. That would be the coolest.
Great App, please add tracks!
by Meantangerine on 2017/05/15 21:20
I use this app often. There are a few latency issues here and there but it's pretty on the money most of the time. It is what I use for backing music for some live events. However, I really wish there was an option to add tracks after laying down the original track. I would use it more, instead of my loop pedal, if I could add layers...even if it was just 1 or 2 additional tracks....please make this option possible, I would gladly pay for this app if it had 4 tracks.
Useful but can use some improvement
by Lucius N. on 2020/08/25 15:51
The app is very simple to use and the ability to add drums and bass automatically is good. The problems come when you write things in weird time signatures. You can set the time signature to 3/4, 4/4, or 6/8. This is pretty basic and more time signatures need to be added. Bugs are frequent and the app may refuse to play a recording unless you restart the app. In summary, I still use because it’s from Apple and not some developer I don’t trust, but it can use some improvement.
Wish you could share to other devices with the app
by -Sam---- on 2016/11/18 00:09
Love this app- it has been a game changer. I hope the developers will make a way to share music memo files to devices that use the app. There are plenty of ways to share, but what I really want is to be able to share so that others can open the file on their app. Would also love a way to sync files between devices... memos I make on my phone can't be opened on my iPad and vice versa, unless I change the file type.
Very very useful
by cdubz03 on 2018/10/26 15:58
Have you ever had a song idea and needed to get it out quickly? Especially before you forget? Enter music memo. It’s exactly that, a way to quickly record your idea, add some drums and a bass that follows your rhythm and voila! Your idea is saved! This is NOT going to replace your digital recording process! What it will do is I’ve you a quick foundation for your ideas! It’s become a regular to my work flow and helped me become more efficient and organizes. No longer do I need to record with voice recorder, then take notes and wonder what my idea might sound like with a backing set. Music memos wraps it all up into one. What could it use? If we could figure out how to help the drum pattern FOLLOW a little better they would be awesome. Other than that it’s a sweet little app!!!!
Update for iPhone X?
by westcomics on 2018/09/10 00:32
Just started using this to share ideas quickly recording on the phone from my actual amp. Much easier than loading up the computer and recording into GarageBand. I hope this app is updated for the iPhone X format and not abandoned by Apple. A useful tool for sure! With the headphone jacks dropping off the iOS devices recording guitar into them with GarageBand and Apogee Jam is hard when you can’t use wired headphones, so, this app is better for quick recordings in iOS.
Astounding!
by Warlar on 2016/11/09 23:53
This app is absolutely amazing! It's great for one the go and on the spot! I love that you can add bass and drums to your songs and they match your tempo. The only thing I wish they did, but hopefully they will do in the future is have an option that you can share your songs on Facebook. Other then that, this app is perfect! I'm constantly using this app every day when I'm playing my acoustic guitar. I have about 2 CDs worth of songs!
Not Worth The Data used to install
by hey_gos on 2017/05/25 23:22
So this app had the opportunity to be fantastic. Instead it's one of or probably the worst recording app in the Store. 1. No background recording...what the actual Fudge Apple. This is a basic need of ALL recording apps - I start recording, find words, music etc 2. No background listening...again. What the fudge. Has no one in the tiny music department ever heard of multi-tasking... 3. My Display HAS to stay on for it to play. I truly don't think anyone who worked on this app even use mobile phones. The display is the biggest drain on all phones yet I have to keep mine on for this foolish app to play what I have recorded or else it stops... I stopped using this app previously and hoped that they would fix all of its mighty flaws but alas back to the rubbish bin for good. Even if they fix it I won't use it. The sad part is, the app had potential to be one of the best recording apps out there. Simplicity, quality, integration with iCloud and for those that use it GarageBand. Do better
Required App for Musicians
by ichoosenone on 2017/01/28 14:25
GarageBand, Cubase, and Pro Tools are great and you need at least one of those for building out your demos. However, this app is essential for capturing song ideas anywhere or just when you're not all hooked up to your recording setup. Apple should focus on stability and usability and not overburden this app with much more functionality. This app should remain about the simple and quick ability to capture and access your song ideas.
So close but so frustrating
by jeremy hillary boob phd on 2019/05/07 05:33
All my voice notes that I use on this app begin with me shouting at the app to open and start, it takes so long to start recording or to do anything on it - there’s always a 5-10 second lag time and it completely interrupts and kills whatever idea I had that I was trying to record. I’ve been using it for a few months now and have hundreds of blank 0 second recordings from pressing the record button and it taking a MINUTE to start recording - so close to being great but so frustrating If you fixed this lag time, this app would be perfect. But as it stands, it’s kinda garbage.
2 Years of Music Memos Gone
by Topher Cronin on 2018/06/24 11:14
I had been using this app and loving it, until last week. I had made some silly songs last year with my nephew on vacation, and was looking forward to playing them for him on vacation this year. Sadly, most my recordings with him, along with dozens of song ideas and demos, are gone. They just disappeared. I contacted Apple Support, and their response is “you probably deleted them”. I DID NOT DELETE THEM. I DID recently upgrade my iCloud storage to 2TB. It’d be a shame that my reward for spending more money with Apple is to have them wipe my drive (luckily I’m not noticing anything else missing so far). The technical error with this app accidentally deleting my recordings is bad, but Apple Supports response is even more disheartening. I’ve always found Apple Support to be exemplary, but not in this case. The point of this app in conjunction with iCloud is that my files would be safe. Now, I’m proof that they are not. Don’t trust your creative ideas to this app. You may lose them.
Great interface, but cannot group ideas well
by trorymcarthur on 2019/04/20 21:17
Great app, and love the simple interface! However any active songwriter knows you can get a lot of different ideas for a song at different times and it’s unfortunate that this app does not provide a good way to group ideas, like a folder structure. The tagging ability is a good step in that direction but does not really end up being useful in practice. Besides that love the interface and everything else.
Good, but...
by Paul William on 2017/02/27 22:06
Obviously this app is brand-new and there's much room for improvement. It has some great features and benefits, but as a recording artist I would like to see the following additions: 1. Pause & Slide to insert during record... features that are exactly as the default Voice Memos app already has 2. Layers - it would be pretty cool to have the ability to add additional tracks to a music memos (for example - creating harmonies behind vocals are going back to add another layer at another time to add lyrics or instrument) 3. Import or "Open In Music Memos" feature - it would be great (if we had layers) to be able to import audio... say music track that I'm working on lyrics for. I know I could use GarageBand to help with some of this, but I'm looking for something very simple to create a couple of vocal tracks + type lyrics on an idea without all the extra fluff... I hope Apple is reading this and listening to these suggestions.
Small price for SO MUCH!
by paradigmmatrix on 2017/02/17 14:36
This tool is simply amazing! although it "could" do more, it does not need to. For instance, I had a friend send me a recording of herself sing with a UKE. I recorded using the app and then added bass and drums - exported to Garageband IOS and was able to adjust everything. You can simply speak or "beatbox" and or record literally anything and it lays out the chords and more! I have Logic Pro X and this exports so nice to literally any of my apps! THANKS SO MUCH!! Sarge
Please fix the bugs.
by STY_HMBL on 2017/11/06 18:03
This app is a great idea. Especially since it’s an apple app. But I’m used to the quality standard of what Apple Inc. has to bring to the table. This app is not living up to its full potential. Please update it. Please fix the bugs. Please make it so it’s not sooooo laggy. Please make it so that you can play your idea while multitasking on another app. Please just give it some lovin. Make it faster. Maybe a little better interface with a metronome. Thank you for your time. Please make it happen.
Incredible!
by grissomtd on 2018/10/10 20:59
I have been playing guitar and loving music for over 40 years. This application is incredible. It helps me get my Ideas down, which is great but more importantly being able to fine-tune the tracks and send them to garage band where it works seamlessly is truly like having a band in my pocket. If I had had this long ago I would’ve been a retired music superstar by now. :)
Keep This App Alive & Functional!
by iPodX7 on 2020/02/24 20:40
I wish Apple would work hard and efficient with this app as they do with GarageBand & Logic because it’s a great app, great concept for us music or artist but it needs to be updated and those bugs need to be brushed off. The app closes too often and freezes at moments! I love you Apple, I love the products and even your apps but can we not forget even the smallest apps please? Thank you I will update this to a 5 star when I see improvement. And trust me. I don’t forget.
You Have Now Been Warned!
by CJFlu on 2020/08/31 11:16
This app will erase it’s data. Don’t do it! There is NO way to quantify the loss and anger you WILL feel and experience WHEN this app deletes all the ideas you were saving. Keep looking. Don’t download this app. This app WILL delete your files without your knowledge. I just lost two years of song beginnings, chord progressions, guitar licks, piano items I was working on, and more. GONE. And there is NO WAY to restore those items. You’re better off buying an old tape recorder. To the “people” responsible for making and updating this app, isn’t it time to do the responsible thing and remove this junk from the App Store?
I really like this app and use it quite often.
by lmrozanski on 2019/07/28 06:13
I find this app very useful for recording ideas on the go when inspiration hits. A little laggy between tap and response, but something I can get used to. This actually surprises me coming from Apple, but I’m rating in terms of features and in that regard this is a solid and simple app that gets the job done extremely well.
Please add the ability to play memos in background
by MikeP916 on 2019/04/07 23:50
I think this app is great, the only issue that sometimes makes me end up using other apps instead is that you can’t listen to the memos in the background while using a different app. I use this tool for songwriting and I really need to be able to listen back to my recordings while working on lyrics in Notes. Adding that feature would make this a perfect 5-star app
Great app, simple and exports to GarageBand
by varloo.varloo on 2016/10/05 05:15
The hardest part of recording in GarageBand or Logic is getting the project set up. What's great is this app will grab the key, tempo, beats, and even the swing! It also picks a drummer and style that seems to match. Amazing. Has saved so much time in getting a song set up. Then export to GarageBand and save to iCloud, and open from GarageBand or Logic on mac. Wish it had one less step there, but still. Great app.
Awesome concept, but buggy & underdeveloped
by n.2the.d on 2019/01/03 23:50
This is an awesome app! But it’s been 4+ years now and it still lacks heavily in what it says it does and should do, and it’s still buggin’. Still useful, but more of an experiment than functional app. So come on Apple developers: fix them bugs, and for God’s sake man, make it be able to play back (background) while using different apps!! Find a way to make this prioritized (commercially) so that it gets the kind of developmental support (time/resources) to make it excellent!!
Good, but could be better
by amc135 on 2018/02/13 22:56
This is a great app for recording ideas, but it would be really nice if it worked in the background while I used other apps. I use multiple apps to write songs (notebooks with lyrics, audio files of partially done songs, etc.) and it would be really nice to run this in the background while I sing ideas out loud to capture everything. Also, as others have said, it is a bit buggy/laggy at times. Could be great, but lacking.
This app is great but...
by multitasker01 on 2019/08/05 19:33
I don’t usually write reviews but I really like this app and all the cool features it has such as the add on guitar/drums and being able to label each recording off into sections. One thing I really wish the manufacturers included was the ability to record while on another app on your phone. Most of the time when I’m recording covers or my own songs, I look up lyrics/chords and I wish I could record while also looking up something else.
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App name
Music Memos
Description
Music Memos is the easiest way for songwriters to capture and organize new musical ideas. Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to record acoustic guitar, piano, voice, or any musical instrument as high-quality, uncompressed audio. Then name, tag and rate your ideas to start building a library of all your favorite new song parts and riffs. Music Memos automatically detects your tempo, rhythmic feel and chords and lets you instantly hear your musical idea accompanied by a rhythm section with realistic drums and bass. View the chords you’ve played, add comments and lyrics, or share your recordings with friends or directly to apple music Connect*. And it’s easy to take your favorite ideas into GarageBand to add more instruments and continue building your song. Quickly capture musical ideas • Easily record any musical idea using a simple interface • Instantly listen to your recorded song ideas with a virtual drummer and bass player, who follow along like a live band in the room • Adjust the groove and sound of the drum or bass using simple and intuitive controls to hear your song idea in different ways • Tune your guitar with a built-in instrument tuner Build a library of song ideas • Name any song idea, or delete unwanted recordings • Tag your song ideas to help you find them later using keywords like verse, chorus, mellow, energetic, or add your own custom tags • Rate your song idea 1-5 stars to help you identify your favorites • Supports iCloud Drive so your library of song ideas are always safe and available across all your iOS devices View, edit and document your song ideas • Automatically analyzes the music you played and displays musical measures and suggested chord names • Rename or provide further detail for any chord names throughout your song • The drum and bass performances adapt immediately to match any chord and rhythm edits • Trim away any unwanted parts from the beginning and end of your recording • Keep track of comments, lyric ideas, alternate guitar tunings or capo position Share your new song • Use iCloud Drive to make your song ideas available across all your iOS devices • Email any song idea to a friend to share your music, or to collaborate with other musicians • Quickly open your idea in GarageBand for iOS to add more instruments and keep building your song • Export a song idea to the Mac so you can work in GarageBand or Logic Pro X as a full multi-track production • Share to SoundCloud, YouTube and apple music Connect* * Requires apple music Connect account
It’s been abandoned. Look elsewhere.
by ih8pnkrok on 2020/09/18 00:11
This app was REALLY helpful when it first came out, but it has gotten much glitchier with time, and it doesn’t seem that Apple wants to continue supporting it. It freezes consistently, and is incredibly slow to start up, which has definitely proven to be a thorn in my side at points. Did it ruin my career? Nah, I’m still bad at music, but this app is arguably worse at recording ideas than I am at having them.
Apple-Develop it or release the code
by WEKIV on 2020/09/11 08:35
You have the money. You have the brilliant programmers. What’s the hold up? You’ve dangled the carrot and had lots of bites. Now give this app the attention and development that it deserves. As is, it’s an invaluable tool for mapping spontaneous musical ideas. With some fine tuning and enhancement it would be indispensable. It’s brilliant beginning is dwarfed only by its unrealized potential. PS I have no idea whether ratings affect app development , but if YOU are a MUSIC MEMO FAN who gave it a one star review because of frustration or disappointment, by all means voice your concerns and grievances, but perhaps consider changing your rating to 5 stars. Who knows? Maybe at Apples next in house developers meeting someone will notice a spike in 5 star reviews and this app will finally get the attention it deserves .
Apple please fix
by Thom Yorke's Lazy Eye on 2020/09/08 23:18
Glitches. It sometimes plays only 2 second section over and over on some of these clips and if I try to move to a different section it flips back and just loops the 2 seconds. I have to force quit and reopen but then sometimes it happens again. Also when I click to record I have to press the button multiple times for it to record
Can’t export, can’t upload to iCloud. Nothing!!!
by hafagbaann on 2020/09/03 19:32
Recorded perfect tracks on this dream app, which gives u bass and drums,... now I can’t upload to iCloud nor email nor anything to put it on my iPad .... help!,,
You Have Now Been Warned!
by CJFlu on 2020/08/31 11:16
This app will erase it’s data. Don’t do it! There is NO way to quantify the loss and anger you WILL feel and experience WHEN this app deletes all the ideas you were saving. Keep looking. Don’t download this app. This app WILL delete your files without your knowledge. I just lost two years of song beginnings, chord progressions, guitar licks, piano items I was working on, and more. GONE. And there is NO WAY to restore those items. You’re better off buying an old tape recorder. To the “people” responsible for making and updating this app, isn’t it time to do the responsible thing and remove this junk from the App Store?
Useful but can use some improvement
by Lucius N. on 2020/08/25 15:51
The app is very simple to use and the ability to add drums and bass automatically is good. The problems come when you write things in weird time signatures. You can set the time signature to 3/4, 4/4, or 6/8. This is pretty basic and more time signatures need to be added. Bugs are frequent and the app may refuse to play a recording unless you restart the app. In summary, I still use because it’s from Apple and not some developer I don’t trust, but it can use some improvement.
Really great Idea!
by machitect on 2020/08/19 20:06
Can’t wait for more features and improvements :) I will support this app knowing it can only get better.
Where’s the update?
by AppleBro1 on 2020/08/01 16:56
This app hasn’t been updated in a year? Did Apple give up on this? I hope not :(
Love it - anything else like it ?..
by ShaggyDaveO on 2020/08/01 04:10
Amazing app I hope it gets upgraded Does anyone know if anything else like this or songsmith it LaDeeDa is out there at reasonable price?
Buggy but Great for My Needs
by __mr__ho__cho on 2020/07/30 17:19
I use this app to record ideas. It is buggy tho. It lags a lot. Hoping for an update.
good in spirit
by T_Thrust on 2020/07/12 19:05
THIS APP NEEDS AN UPDATE GET IT TOGETHER APPLE. when almost every third party developer is outpacing you on your own platform- how do you justify it to yourselves
Apple
by nofeeagency on 2020/07/09 23:43
If it works is Apple.
Brand new phone, app still buggy as ever
by troubadork on 2020/07/03 02:44
It blows my mind that Apple would release this app and never address its crippling bugs.
Crashes during playback
by SuperShoeDiva on 2020/06/27 05:24
see title
Too much creativity wasted
by Macaddictr on 2020/06/20 23:50
Unfortunately as much as I have tried to make this app work due to bugs, confusing ux, and just weird behavior I have lost several song ideas. I know I’m never going to be famous and in the scheme of things my stuff isn’t important, but to me it’s everything.
How does it work?!
by mollyrollz03212012 on 2020/06/17 17:32
How does this work??? Please let me know!
Problemática
by samadorjames on 2020/06/05 23:58
Al principio funcionaba bien, pero ahora se traba y no me permite grabar ni escuchar mis pistas lo cual es frustrante porque ahí guardo mis ideas
Pretty nice but!
by Hoss4blues on 2020/05/10 17:35
Adjusting Downbeat by 1/16 notes, more time signature options, and most of all, smart tempo correction on saving would be great.
Love this app!
by NJBartocci on 2020/05/09 18:09
This app is awesome for quickly throwing down an idea. And it will give you readings of the notes, analyze tempo and even tell you a key. Plus there’s an automatic drum and bass track that you can turn on or off with the press of a button. Perfect app for sketching music ideas really quick.
Awesome concept, but lots of bugs
by Muellerm20 on 2020/05/09 02:38
I really hope that there can be more updates to this app in terms of bug fixing and just improving general function. The app is slow to start up (when I open it, I have to press the record button several times before it does anything), it is slow to start playing back recordings (sometimes the play/pause button doesn’t respond at all), along with some other things I can’t think of. I really like the concept of this app and I still use it a lot (I have hundreds of recordings on it!), so I look forward to seeing the improvements to come!
Used to be great! Apple you can do better
by Gravity_Man on 2020/05/08 21:39
Update May 2020: PLEASE UPDATE! All of us coronavirus impacted musicians need this awesome tool to be stable!! PLEASE!?!?! Update January 2020: I’ve got SOOO many notes and ideas in this thing that I don’t want to quit using it but it’s becoming unusable often. Hangs and crashes galore! But I will say it has so far eventually synced with the cloud. But I have to wait and wait. You would think that Apple would be embarrassed to have it this buggy. ——————- This app is such a great idea and has been a wonderful sketch pad and writing tool. BUT! It's gotten SOOOO sluggish and crash prone and buggy. As other reviewers have stated, this is pretty consistent after deleting and reinstalling. I love how you can take these recordings into GarageBand and then into Logic Pro to start building real tracks from these scratch tracks. Apple, you can and should do better than this! Your creative and pro apps users (who supported you and helped you survive the "dark years" before Jobs came back) are starting to feel really left out.
Please keep updating!
by cgervais on 2020/05/05 21:15
I love this little app - it’s not something I use every day, but now that I’m working from home I keep a guitar next to me and love it for jotting down quick ideas. Would love to see Apple keep this updated and improve some of the beat detection (and squash some of the bugs). As the A-series chips have improved, would love to see what else could be done for additional accompaniment.
Great for what it does! Love the transferability
by CaliforniaDude83 on 2020/05/05 01:33
Great for what it does! Love the transferability to GarageBand and the built tuner 🙌😎
Nearly a dream app come true
by bruh jones on 2020/04/28 06:51
It’s a great app for quick jotting or notation of an idea, all its features such as the auto drums and bass are neat and come in handy. One fantastic development I’d love to see is the possibility of some multiple tracking or layering within a single idea. 14/10 would recommend.
Wow
by djScottieRay on 2020/04/28 06:09
Amazing tool for song writing; serious game-changer!
Works awesome
by Q-Man19 on 2020/04/13 01:23
To the bad reviews complaining about load time you are forgetting that this is raw audio and has to be processed. It won’t be fast like compressed audio. Take a raw photo with apps like Lightroom. It will take a long time to process that image unlike just snapping a compressed one with the stock app.
THE DRUMMER IS SMART AND IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!!
by Itzak265368724 on 2020/04/12 00:55
Apple!! This is one of the best apps I’ve ever seen. If you need for a drummer to capture the feeling you are putting on your idea this is it!! I play funk, rock, blues and this drummer know where I want the extra punch. I then open GarageBand by exporting the idea and it exports with the drum track. I can then copy/paste it or loop it. APPLE, DEVELOP MUSIC MEMOS MORE!!! Incorporate it to Logic Pro X too!
Need ability to pin notes to parts of the recording.
by {AJ} on 2020/04/11 20:59
Really like this app, it’s a great asset to quickly record ideas. My only suggestion though would be to add a feature that lets us pin a note to a specific section of the recording. I use this mainly to record quick “mumble demos” and, being able to pin notes to a section of a song would really help with labeling where instruments should go for the actual demo.
Slow
by nordlu on 2020/03/31 01:28
Everything’s slow. I have about 200 recordings, and it takes forever for the app to respond to touch input. For a creative app, getting irritated waiting around is a real buzzkill. If someone cared, this could be fixed in an update, but the app seems to be on life support judging by the update history. It’s too bad, because this used to be my favorite app for recording ideas.
Best worst
by Parishsouth on 2020/03/28 00:16
This app records and auto applies bass and drums. Bass and drums are editable: if u use GarageBand, files ca be exported directly in and separated onto their own tracks; but then the program begins to freeze and the pats the end
WARNING-Incredible app with a HUGE flaw
by MusicMemosBurnedFan on 2020/03/19 07:37
The reason to use this app over other higher rated ones is the automated drums and bass that matches your tempo. That is a huge innovation and I can’t believe Apple has not done more with it. However there is a huge flaw in the app, and that is with iCloud sync. DO NOT switch iCloud sync on. The app was working great for me until I went to settings and hit that switch. Suddenly the app kept freezing. So I disabled the sync. Then it loaded and all of my demos had disappeared. My heart rate went through the roof. I thought I had lost everything. Eventually I figured out that once you sync to iCloud, you cannot go back. You are stuck with iCloud. And it is horrendously slow. There may be a way to delete the app without deleting the data, and reinstall and leave the sync off, but don’t try any of that until you back up. I had to download software on my Mac that could locate files on my iPhone. Once I found the file (called Ideas.bundle) I saved to my Mac and all the demos were in that package. I spent hours figuring that out. But again, do not enable iCloud sync! Either email every demo to yourself, or use the file explorer software. Or both to be safe. Not the first time I’ve been burned by iCloud - I will never trust iCloud again.
Bugs have always been bad, but it’s now unusable
by Andy rates... on 2020/03/19 03:10
So much promise, but the app has always taken forever to load or play back audio. It crashes often and sometimes deletes recordings. But now it doesn’t even load anymore.
Please fix!!!
by UbiquitousGeek on 2020/03/17 10:41
I can’t get to my recordings on my iPad Pro because the a blank space slides up from the bottom when the app loads and it moves my drawer icon beyond the top of the screen. What am I supposed to do, wait for them to save to iCloud so I can listen to them on my iPhone, which sounds like a tin can compared to the iPad Pro?
Great Concept, Buggy Implémentation
by donutman528 on 2020/03/08 04:35
The title pretty much sums up the experience. I love the idea of pressing a button and having the app figure out the time and key, but there are too many bugs. If I delete a recording then start a new one, it keeps replaying the old recording. There are other bugs as well, I wish there was more developer support for this great idea.
Music memos
by Fisaa on 2020/02/27 17:22
It served my purpose really well but only works for one page of tunes. I practice at home to learn to accompany playing with my percussion. Can you suggest another app that will record more? LikeMusic Memos? Thanks MA.
Keep This App Alive & Functional!
by iPodX7 on 2020/02/24 20:40
I wish Apple would work hard and efficient with this app as they do with GarageBand & Logic because it’s a great app, great concept for us music or artist but it needs to be updated and those bugs need to be brushed off. The app closes too often and freezes at moments! I love you Apple, I love the products and even your apps but can we not forget even the smallest apps please? Thank you I will update this to a 5 star when I see improvement. And trust me. I don’t forget.
Love this app, but
by Fortheloveofgod... on 2020/02/15 19:42
I love this app and I’ve used it for the past few years. Recently though I’ve noticed that my saved recordings are “updating” when I try to view or listen to them. They have apparently been updating for the past three weeks and I cannot see or hear them. Any advice?
Music memo
by Darttung on 2020/02/11 01:06
Great app, it would be great to be able to share.
Please fix the low input bug!
by Namey,namey on 2020/02/09 22:48
This used to be a 5 star app for quick, great sounding demos, but now its nearly unusable. Whenever I try to record anything, I get a message that says that it was too quiet. I can barely hear what I record and usually the drums and bass don’t match because the input is so low. Really disappointing because I used to use this a ton. I hope you guys plan to update this or add something similar into GarageBand! That auto drummer is great when it works. Thanks.
Not bad but not good.
by Sgt.34 on 2020/02/03 19:45
I’ve been using it for years to capture song ideas and send them to other writers. The drum assistance is pretty good with generally allowing only to tempos. But the bass addition is completely horrible. It never follows the cords of the song and is completely unusable. Overall, not bad for idea captures.
Used to work
by Wicker Brainpan on 2020/01/21 20:37
This used to be awesome. Now it seems to be broken. Cant play back most of my recordings anymore. There are definitely some bugs in it that havent been fixed by updates in a LOOOOOOOONNG time. It takes way too long to start up now too. This is a great way to completely lose your recording. I hope i didnt pay money for it. Ive had it so long i cant remember. Its basically useless.
Whadda Want? This brilliant
by J7Swift on 2020/01/19 02:25
What was that that little riff? What key ? What were those first few words.. Your entire song sketch is saved and complemented with rhythm if you want Not a recording tool. A songwriters dream. It savesYour chords on the fly.
Yeah it just straight up does not work.
by Eddie Corbo on 2020/01/15 19:08
Dang. I thought the reviews would be overreacting. It literally just doesn’t work.
Delete all my saved ideas without warning
by Colin.iTunes on 2020/01/10 07:34
I used to put this app on my home screen for years, because this app was exactly what I need to record my flashy ideas. But till today, I opened it and found all my saved ideas has ... gone! It’s empty now! How come?! I’m using iCloud for backup all my data, including this app, but this app just erased all my records, nothing left... And no warning before it did that! I’m very sad and angry now!
Once great, now unusable
by motobecane on 2020/01/05 21:08
Was great for a while, but now unusably slow and glitchy. Often fails to record or play back. Sometimes just freezes completely. Would pay for a fixed version as there is nothing else quite like it.
A broken app
by saitamaman on 2019/12/27 03:32
After I recorded my guitar with this app, I pressed play to listen to the recorded guitar audio, it had a delayed a little before it played my guitar part then the second time it didn’t work instead of it playing, it bugged. I don’t recommend this app, better luck with GarageBand or voice memo.
Slowness is its downfall
by nadeemps on 2019/12/27 01:41
This could be a simple but useful app—if only it was fast. On my iPhone 11 Pro, everything you could possibly do has a wait period. Even booting up takes longer to load than my email inbox! But if everything was optimized for speed, this would be quicker than writing down notes.
Update it
by Andrew5152 on 2019/12/26 21:08
This app is good when it actually works. Fix it.
Disappointed a LOT
by sabeehbinshafiq on 2019/12/25 12:10
It’s breaking down every single time now. Whenever an idea is recorded, it CANNOT be played unless the app is restarted. Sometimes not even that helps. I’m looking for alternatives now. Really disappointed in Apple with this one. And so basically instead of improving and introducing new features, it’s the opposite going on.
Takes way too long to use
by itsmedannyc on 2019/12/05 22:05
Very inconsistent. I’ve been using this since the beginning and I’m now looking for other alternatives. It’s slow and unreliable. Please update this!!
Sadly neglected
by scottinspace on 2019/12/03 17:07
Basically broken now on my iPhone 8. Loved this app but it does not seem to work consistently any longer. Buttons won’t respond, songs glitch and loop if it does work. Would love an update.
Great app, where’s the updates???
by Jerr Fitz on 2019/11/21 02:53
This app has been WONDERFUL - PLEASE don’t abandon it... as a musician, I rely on this for writing and practicing often. Turning the app on, the record button takes too long (sometimes doesn’t even record at all). Crashes each time I open an old ‘idea’. This has gotten so bad, I can no longer access any of my recordings. I’m scared I’m going to lose them. Please update or fix this issue!!!
Please add tab for lyrics!
by Emilcheese on 2019/11/11 15:01
I love this app for quickly saving musical ideas in my head. I would love it one more star if there was a tab on each memo for jotting lyrics down for that particular track. Please!
Become too buggy
by erichenry14 on 2019/11/02 17:03
I loved this app but now its become so buggy - songs not recording, recorded ideas disappearing, and slow, that it is all but unusable. With an update I’ll give it 5 stars.
Used to be a great app but has been abandoned.
by Hockey mo on 2019/10/29 20:53
Laggy and buggy and slow. Someone should make a copy of this app that actually works.
Used to be great
by BigRedCanadian on 2019/10/28 19:30
Can no longer import the recordings with bass and drums into garage band after updating to the new IOS. So this app is now useless. Apple please fix this!
Broken on iOS 13 - no longer saves recordings
by maritimeseven on 2019/10/28 03:10
This app is normally amazing, but ever since iOS 13 was released it no longer saves recordings at all. Existing recordings won’t upload to iCloud. Please help us!
Make a upload to cloud
by Danniyyyy on 2019/10/27 22:48
I really love this app but i want to save all of my work on the cloud with out having to select every single idea. could you please add the option to “select” the ideas to make it faster.
Great app, but broken export in iOS 13
by Don L.L. on 2019/10/21 08:46
This is a great app, but exporting a song idea to share is broken in iOS 13. It just hangs on the exporting screen with progress indicator filled halfway. It had been working fine in iOS 12 — I just exported a song last week.
You used to be amazing… Not anymore
by Shik Shot on 2019/10/13 06:11
I remember when I downloaded this app along time ago. This app was groundbreaking. Ever since iPhone 11 Pro and iOS 13 (or later) got released this app turned into garbage. It does not work fast, it crashes, it doesn’t apply the Instruments to the recording. Please fix it immediately!!! As a singer-songwriter, I can say that this app is essential for me. So please fix it goddamnit!
I loved this app until I didn’t
by gehsjsiidjn on 2019/10/08 20:09
This app is amazing except for the fact that it just stopped giving me access to my recordings. It kept saying “updating” and wouldn’t let me listen to them and then right now I just opened the app and all my recordings are completely gone except the last three I just did. Even a recording I made only ten minutes ago just vanished. I can’t then find anywhere in the app and there is no instruction on where there might be a backup or anything. I am very upset at losing months worth of material.
Review by a real musician🎶🎵
by xtvgdv on 2019/10/06 23:25
I ♥️ it!!! I use it all the time.
Where did my songs go?
by The newlyweds! on 2019/09/14 13:03
When opening the app each song begins updating. When completed they are removed from my song list. What is happening?
It’s not working
by MovieFan1! on 2019/09/07 05:31
It’s not loading my song pieces. I have 12-13gb of music and can’t access them on my iPhone 6s. I also pay the buck a month for 50gb just so I can access these guitar clips I created yet I’m wasting money because the app just crashes or won’t load any of my songs...
Broken
by Hating Facebook right now on 2019/08/28 11:50
Just read another review about how Apple has abandoned the app... about how the app is broken. That review pretty much sums it up. It was a fantastic at but I guess they decided to do away with it because it doesn’t work. Won’t open. Won’t let you look at saved files. The really unfortunate thing is when I reach out to support they pretend to walk me through possible solutions… The usual stuff about rebooting and making sure I have updated my phone… But I don’t think they’re going to help me recover my lost files
Was a good app
by strikersx on 2019/08/17 16:32
I used to love this app. It takes too long to start, glitches out on me all the time, and freezes randomly. I’m on iPhone 8, fully updated. As a musician I need ideas to be recorded quickly as possible and these problems have been happening for months...
Doesn’t seem to multi track
by AlanLaBudde on 2019/08/07 02:34
I thought I could multitrack with this but I guess I can’t… I give it for five stars for what it is but I’m not so impressed with the job back up drum back up and I’m not so impressed with Apple voice recognition technology ha ha Ha
This app is great but...
by multitasker01 on 2019/08/05 19:33
I don’t usually write reviews but I really like this app and all the cool features it has such as the add on guitar/drums and being able to label each recording off into sections. One thing I really wish the manufacturers included was the ability to record while on another app on your phone. Most of the time when I’m recording covers or my own songs, I look up lyrics/chords and I wish I could record while also looking up something else.
A new bar for stupidity
by curly.net on 2019/08/03 21:29
As a perfectionist, I am often in awe of some people's ability to take a very public dump, and just move on without a second thought.
Broken
by lilwest503 on 2019/07/30 21:19
Beginnings of a great app but all the problems it has will just irritate you when your trying to hurry up and record an idea because of all the bugs. Update Now the app keeps downloading deleting and repeating the same thing each time I use the app it’s really annoying.
I really like this app and use it quite often.
by lmrozanski on 2019/07/28 06:13
I find this app very useful for recording ideas on the go when inspiration hits. A little laggy between tap and response, but something I can get used to. This actually surprises me coming from Apple, but I’m rating in terms of features and in that regard this is a solid and simple app that gets the job done extremely well.
Music Memos Rocks!
by poeticpestilence on 2019/07/27 17:00
Very useful app for on the go fun and pretty serious note taking! Auto drummer and bass is rather creative and well adjusted. Wish it had a looper feature, either way this app is excellent.
Indespensible, One Request
by ™™ on 2019/07/25 04:02
This app is an essential part of my process. I suggest it to other songwriters all the time. One feature request that would make all the difference and require a couple lines of code and checkbox in XCode — enable Background Audio! I love using this app to experiment with lyrics and need to switch to different apps to take notes while I listen back.
Y’all need to make it easier to find.
by Siggie1990 on 2019/07/22 17:23
Took me a while longer than expected to find this in App Store. Maybe add tags like “music tuner” or “pitch tuner”
Wonderful app for quickly grabbing ideas!
by Koostix on 2019/07/13 18:58
I love how easy this app is to use and how quickly it is to get down your idea on guitar or keyboard or just with your voice the option to add back up drums and bass is really cool too. Very useful app to spur creativity. Thank you Apple. Please keep this app around!
Music Memos
by u full of on 2019/07/07 21:17
I love it !
Broken
by ScottSanders on 2019/07/02 15:17
Used to be useful. Now it constantly updates/synchronizes and I can't access my songs. It's been weeks now. Aaaaaahhhhh!
What happened?
by CTL2006 on 2019/07/02 00:14
I used to LOVE this app! It helped store all my ideas, helped with rhythm suggestion, easy to use interface, etc. Sure, it still had some bugs, but was overall really helpful...until a few months ago. Then it would just crash. Apple? Any explanations?
Trash
by abbie1701 on 2019/07/01 16:08
This app is honestly just ... bad? The app shuts down in the same spot of a recording every time on multiple recordings, it’ll refuse to play an entire recording, the usability is just terrible, the button calibration is bad, and the app overall is just super slow. Definitely don’t download, not worth your time.
I love music memo but now again it stopped working!
by MámiFutureLawyer1031 on 2019/06/29 05:58
In almost 2020 this shouldn’t be occurring ...” When will you CARE enough to fix this most relevant problem? I’ve even reinstalled it 2x this evening, But it is still not working, while deleting all notes, recordings.” I try utilizing it, when I record it freeze on mi Apple XR, so I can’t see recordings! Also, it says for one month now “ too quiet.” Til fixed, I give it (for now)a minus ONE star.” This is frustrating to say the least.” I pray APPLE finally care enough and resolve this huge “ too quiet” issue as clearly, it’s been affecting so many who fully have relied on Memo MusicNotes.” Adios...
Bad
by North1834207645 on 2019/06/26 18:39
I just recorded an important rehearsal using music memos, and it is unusable. It plays the first 30 seconds of the 97 minute recording, then the app closes and that’s it. The other app “VOICE memos” has worked reliably in the past so I thought this was a safe bet, but MUSIC memos won’t play my recording. I suspect that it can’t handle a 97 minute recording. My experience with this app is very bad.
Great tool, and it’s free!
by Jonnie Sparkel on 2019/06/23 17:01
Please keep up the good work! Can’t find much else that detects the chords sung/played into it. Just awesome!
Fine, but missing a no brainer feature or 2
by Thegame2737 on 2019/06/23 01:48
The app is nice, does what it says it will, but I wish there was more ability to organize and collaborate. Why no folder system so you can make multiple memos for a song and keep them together? Why no ability to have a shared folder with other iOS users so multiple people can hear the memos and add ideas of their own?
LOVE it! Apple Watch support?
by Sergio Vuskovic on 2019/06/20 23:48
I’m a musician, and I absolutely LOVE Music memos!!! Suggestion: it would be even more awesome if I could remote control it from my Apple Watch, please consider this feature in your next update. Thanks!!
Awesome app that needs updates
by hamburgerdinosaur on 2019/06/10 00:06
Please improve the UI and fix the bugs, Apple. This is a really handy and awesome app otherwise!
Completely useless
by JohnLenio on 2019/06/07 15:46
App can't play back more than a 3 second loop of whatever I recorded. Total waste of time.
Bruh moment
by Zachyman12300 on 2019/06/01 21:49
Actually a bruh moment when you update a dead app you forgot to update for your own device Great app though
Bug: Stop, Change Chord, Cursor returns to bar 4
by Benroddis on 2019/05/30 04:09
I love this app. It’s so useful in so many ways. But there’s a bug that is quite annoying. When changing chords (the Cm7 button), if I pause playback, change the chord for a measure, then resume playback, the cursor always returns to somewhere near the beginning of the track. Very frustrating when changing chords near the end of a song, and it starts back up at the beginning again! Please fix!
Finally, Thank you for the update!
by Jaghond on 2019/05/29 11:09
However basic the app is, I enjoy using it even with the bugs and issues. It serves a unique need of casual recording and quickly adding beats and bass and sharing. I haven’t found an alternative for this yet. I have been clinging to this app and was going to use it till it’s last dying breath. But I am extremely glad to see the update. Apple, please please please keep this app updated. If you had new features, I’ll probably die of joy.
Almost perfect!
by Johns_hair_is_fabulous on 2019/05/29 09:41
This app works great! I love being able to provide notes and label chords that I previously would forget when recording in voice memos. It works for everything I would want to use it for with one exception. Id love a feature where you could stack audio clips, each would have separate labeling but it would allow for putting melodies over chords or bass lines underneath. 4 stars!
yay Face ID phone support!
by TheManfre on 2019/05/29 09:31
good updated finally... I think it’s a little faster too... could be faster though!
FINALLY iPhone X !!!
by JosephKellum on 2019/05/28 18:43
Thank you for finally updating this for iPhone X! Much much much better.
So Buggy Its Unusable
by JoeyCoe on 2019/05/27 23:12
If you can’t make it right, don’t make it at all. This app freezes half the time, crashes the rest of the time. Good idea, appalling execution from Apple.
An Essential App That’s Become Unusable
by Mahavites on 2019/05/10 01:03
I’ve been using Music Memos since it’s original release and it quickly became an indispensable part of my toolkit. As a guitar player I really appreciate how geared it is for my needs. I love that it has a notes section that also features places to mark capo positioning and tuning (I do really wish that it let you save multiple custom tubings instead of just one though). I also love the auto detect record option. These features make so much sense and are so well thought out. However, recently the app has become almost completely broken. It takes FAR too long to be ready to record after opening which is obviously a major problem when an idea strikes and you need to get it recorded quickly. I’m so disappointed that it appears that Apple has abandoned this app as evidenced by the fact that it hasn’t been updated in 8 months and hasn’t even updated to fit iPhone X screens. I’ve been clinging to Music Memos for as long as I could, but sadly I have to start looking elsewhere. I would be thrilled to see an update soon.
No icon on my screen
by FabChang on 2019/05/07 16:37
Downloaded this app just now and cant find the icon on my screen. Check my setting and shows it was downloaded. In order for me to use the app I gave to search it on app store and open or go to setting and look it up with the rest of the apps. Now i want to remove this app but no options to do that. Help how to remove this app?
Worst application. Apple doesn’t care about its users anymore.
by Techsumer on 2019/05/07 16:32
USERS BEWARE!!! I have lost 36 recordings and song ideas due to the failure of the app to load. Switched to this application thinking it would be better than a standard voice memo but I was wrong. Apple has stopped caring for its customers in favor of the all mighty dollar.
So close but so frustrating
by jeremy hillary boob phd on 2019/05/07 05:33
All my voice notes that I use on this app begin with me shouting at the app to open and start, it takes so long to start recording or to do anything on it - there’s always a 5-10 second lag time and it completely interrupts and kills whatever idea I had that I was trying to record. I’ve been using it for a few months now and have hundreds of blank 0 second recordings from pressing the record button and it taking a MINUTE to start recording - so close to being great but so frustrating If you fixed this lag time, this app would be perfect. But as it stands, it’s kinda garbage.
So far so good!
by Isaac1976 on 2019/05/05 16:21
Please add a 2nd track! I would like to remember my solos after adding rhythm.
Too many bugs
by Luke Shugert on 2019/05/04 16:10
It’s unusable too many bugs you can’t even play back your song!!
An Essential App That’s Become Unusable
by Mahavites on 2019/05/10 01:03
I’ve been using Music Memos since it’s original release and it quickly became an indispensable part of my toolkit. As a guitar player I really appreciate how geared it is for my needs. I love that it has a notes section that also features places to mark capo positioning and tuning (I do really wish that it let you save multiple custom tubings instead of just one though). I also love the auto detect record option. These features make so much sense and are so well thought out. However, recently the app has become almost completely broken. It takes FAR too long to be ready to record after opening which is obviously a major problem when an idea strikes and you need to get it recorded quickly. I’m so disappointed that it appears that Apple has abandoned this app as evidenced by the fact that it hasn’t been updated in 8 months and hasn’t even updated to fit iPhone X screens. I’ve been clinging to Music Memos for as long as I could, but sadly I have to start looking elsewhere. I would be thrilled to see an update soon.
Great idea, but bugs make it nearly unusable
by yizquierdo on 2017/07/22 20:35
I really wanted to like this app due to its simple and elegant interface and good sound quality, however, there are too many unacceptable bugs to make it reliable for a working musician. I use this app in both an iPhone and iPad, both last generation and the experience is consistent. I have also been using the app since its inception and no updates have addressed the issues. Firstly, yes, it takes the app 5-10 seconds just to load the waveform image, and you have to wait until that happens to listen back. The longer you record, the longer it takes for this to happen. If you delete and re-record more than 2 or 3 times in a row, the app will either freeze or stop deleting and recording anything new. It appears to delete and record successfully, but when you play it back, it continues to show and play the last take. Also, it will sometimes stop audio capture (or playback, not sure which one) mid take, despite showing a waveform. I find myself having to restart the app, but I usually just stop using after a while to stop wasting time. I have deleted and re-downloaded the app several times. If you need a recording app for practicing where deleting and retaking is a must, this app is simply unusable. It is clear Apple has not allocated enough resources to properly test and debug it.
This app is amazing. But there still are some bugs. Even as a voiceover user, I see them.
by dj.benz_304 on 2017/10/04 21:51
As the title clearly states, there are still some bugs in the app. It’s automatically opening my ideas, and it shouldn’t be. However, I still like it, and it still usable, however, there are some people that are still saying that there are some bugs in it. And I do agree. The opening the idea automatically, is one of them. And while I do agree with someone else that adding reverb, and other effects to hear sound quality instrument, is great. Sometimes, during this experience, do you have does crash every once in a while. But, hopefully the next update will fix this. Keep continuing to do updates, and I look forward to seeing them. As the bugs get squashed, maybe a lot of us will continue to use this app a little more. I am a music fan nonetheless, and I am trying to write songs myself. Of course this app has crashes, but that was not what I meant. I meant, the app sometimes crashes. Just figured I would receive that a little bit because of me using dictation as a blind man.
A few gripes from a daily user
by NoahSloah on 2017/03/28 13:49
This is a fantastic app. There are a few issues that could use some work however. A lot of other reviewers talk about the lag of it and that is pretty major. It seems to take a bit for the app to "update" the waveform view. This at least provides user feedback however. When I tap the blue record button sometimes nothing happens. I guess the app is initializing the microphone or something. You have to wait until you see the incoming sound circles emanating from the button for it to be ready to record, which is not immediately obvious. I also wish that it would handle the iPhone's power saving features better. Sometimes exporting a track will be interrupted by the phone going to sleep which seems to interrupt the process, forcing the user to start again. That or you have to tap the screen to keep the phone awake, but remember not to tap the cancellation "x". Again, this is a fantastic app. I use it every day to send song ideas to band mates. There are missing features that might be useful, but adding too much stuff runs the risk of bloating it.
Mostly love!
by KCRW Addict on 2018/12/21 01:50
This is a great app to use to capture an idea quickly, then get inspiration for baselines and grooves using the automatic accompaniment. However, though the chord analysis is often wildly inaccurate unless you’re using root position major or minor chords (one star down), the most frustrating part about this is the iCloud refresh. If you are out somewhere with poor cellular reception, the recordings are unavailable until they refresh (or update) which means that you have no access to your ideas until you’re back in a good place for WiFi or cellular. There’s no option to turn off cellular data for background refresh or an option to update only over WiFi. Seems like that would be an easy fix, but I’m no developer. Anyway, despite those pretty significant frustrations, the app has definitely given me more warm fuzzies for its inspiration that frown lines from its quirks.
Maybe next time put in something that shows users how to use the app
by Shoob512 on 2019/03/26 21:56
I didn’t have it for too long because I couldn’t find how to use it. There’s no tutorial and I can’t understand how to use the guitar and drum set. I also can’t upload audio and for some reason anytime I tried to edit a video it created a new copy which is really stupid because when you edit something like a background noise out you generally don’t want to keep the original. That’s the point of editing. I might have missed something but there’s no way for me to learn the stupid controls (all 5 of them!) I might re-download the app if I can figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do with it but I would rate it 0 stars if I could because that’s how much I was able to accomplish on it. I guess 1 star makes more sense because of the hour of time I wasted on it and how long I used it before deleting it. This app is literally just voice memos except they think that because they can detect pitch they’re totally different. I personally think it’s complete garbage and it’s really hard to describe it without cussing.
Awesome concept, but lots of bugs
by Muellerm20 on 2020/05/09 02:38
I really hope that there can be more updates to this app in terms of bug fixing and just improving general function. The app is slow to start up (when I open it, I have to press the record button several times before it does anything), it is slow to start playing back recordings (sometimes the play/pause button doesn’t respond at all), along with some other things I can’t think of. I really like the concept of this app and I still use it a lot (I have hundreds of recordings on it!), so I look forward to seeing the improvements to come!
Great for sketching out music ideas
by catpetter2001 on 2019/04/04 21:48
Prior to using this app i was using the voice memos because i didn't know about this app. When I found out about this app I was eager to give it a try. I grabbed my fender hellcat and played a riff I've been playing for quite some time. I loved how it automatically added bass and drums to the riff. I thought that was the fullest extent of the app until I went to share a musical idea. When I saw that you can upload this directly to GarageBand I was overjoyed. I love how the drummer and bass player also get transferred to GarageBand. What I would like to see is a section where you can basically tab your song manually because the app doesn’t always get the chord right other then that this app rocks 🎸
What a great app!..... when it first came out.
by Hank of the hill on 2019/02/14 18:38
What a great idea! Too bad apple gave up on it. I get that they are too busy trying to sell XR’s but this was a great and useful tool at one point. I dropped every other voice memo app to use this. It was so handy to record, edit, notate, and organize all my songs and ideas. Then one day I would hit record and it would not respond. Hit the record button again, it would record and stop after one second. Hmm. Then it kept happening. It became a part of my work flow. Hit record, it records a one second blip that I delete then second go it would start recording. Then the end of 2017 came along and the new fancy iPhone X came out. It’s 2019 and they app still isn’t optimized for the display. I guess I should export all of my songs and ideas out before the app won’t open. Please apple, update this app or at least stop letting it on “best music app” showcases on the App Store home page.
App frozen! Can’t access my recordings!!!
by queenleyva on 2018/10/23 08:40
This app is really cool and I love using it! But I am really panicking right now. I’ve been using it for about 6 month and I’ve never had an issue until now. I just got the iPhone XS Max and I backed up all my data from my old phone including music memos and moved everything to the new phone. But now I think I just lost all the work I did in it. The app will load but it just freezes and sometimes it will let me view my library and I can see that my recordings are there but the app is just frozen and won’t let me listen to them nor open them to export them. I tried restarting my phone and force quitting the app. Only thing left to do is delete it and reinstall but I’m afraid that will definitely delete all the recordings. I’m sad this app is unusable now but I’m really freaking out about losing my recordings! Please fix this ASAP!
Do not use this app.
by Tennox of the Antiverse on 2018/07/20 06:57
I absolutely loved this app when it came out. I used it for every piano and guitar idea that popped into my mind. I had around 100 ideas on this thing and one day it stopped working entirely. It would load the start screen and freeze. After hours and hours of tech support no one was able to get any answers or any help retrieving my now lost song ideas. This app looks great and is genuinely a great idea, but it’s not worth the risk. Voice memos works absolutely fine and has never lost me any ideas. Beyond that, voice memos actually stores its files in your iTunes so if it were to mess up you’d have a backup. Even with iCloud turned on I have no way to get my song ideas back. It has absolutely earned 1 out of 5 stars. I will never use this app again.
Need to be great again...
by Wilkin77 on 2016/12/05 23:10
OK so I am a musician and songwriter who relies on this software as it is very easy to use and simple. It has very useful features such as autostart in which it starts recording when it hears sound. Do you additional instruments my drums and bass are very useful as well as you can see how the song might sound with other live instruments. The app would be great if it actually worked. There is a lot of waiting and delays when I try to go to my sound library where all my demos and ideas have been recorded. Is very laggy. Before iOS 10 it was working marvelously but now it lags too much and is a pain to use. Please fix the lag and the delays when trying to switch features. Make it smooth.
I've been waiting for an app like this
by B.Hayes213 on 2016/10/06 19:27
I used to use the voice memos app for all my random on-the-spot ideas, but it was never easy to sort through or export. Just the fact that this app keeps the simplicity of being able to just hit record and go, while giving me tagging and export options is more than enough for me. The drums and bass features are pretty gimmicky, and the note/chord detection is okay, but since this app hits a home run on the rest, and those features don't get in the way, I still say this app is a huge success.
51 ish T
by Dead dad 50 on 2019/04/07 07:59
This is so worth any dollar amount for the creativity that it puts out. I can’t believe the recording quality. If I Record on my phone and take it to my car with a bigger bass system and play the bass and drums in time it sounds like I recorded with the full band. That is the best. And im not Just saying this because me and my daughter recorded a really good song on it tonight. I’ve had it for about 2 months now. The only Change would be sometimes being able to fire the bass player and drummer that would be great. Wink wink.
Potential, but no.
by Slowmotionaudio on 2018/10/06 00:05
Every time I open the app it doesn't register my first press of the record button. I wait and try to press again, then it does this glitchy press and then unrecord. Then I have to delete a 1 second clip. Also, I will do a PERFECT take of something just nailing it and then I name it and the app freezes. I can't do anything and I try to wait. I resort to having to close app and the song disappears. I don't even know why I trust it to keep coming back to this app. It's so buggy. I can't even listen to any of my old songs!!! There's no point in recording in this app. They all just say "updating" all the time. Even if it is updating to the cloud, why would you make the entire library inaccessible ? I also get a message popping up saying I don't have enough space on my phone so everything will be stored to the cloud. But I have like 90GB free on my phone and only 100 or less music memos. So they are 1GB a piece for 2 minutes of a acoustic guitar? No. By the way I'm on a brand new iPhone X. It's been having these problems for the last 6 updates of this app. Nothing has been fixed.
Brilliant-
by ianjo on 2017/07/20 06:47
An app that is beyond anything, any little bugs are minor unless related to reliability. This app is purely brilliant. Musical idea sketchpad with only what is needed at each point in the recording process. The drums and bass auto accompaniment and auto time signature aren't perfect but employ a veritable and surprisingly adept AI. I have never written an app rating and may never again. As a composer wanting to be uncluttered, it's reliable and useful and exports to GB easily. Used with a iPhone, iTrack mic pre's, and a few nice mic's this makes great recordings and is so intuitive.
Great, but could use some fixes.
by connorfourhundred on 2017/02/02 16:46
I'm so happy that this kind of app exists, but there are a lot of features that could be added or tweaked. First off, why is there no way to share memos? I can't email them to myself, I can't put them on my library or text them or anything. It's annoying. Regular memos have this, why doesn't Music Memos? The tagging feature is a great way to organize tracks, but it doesn't work as well as it could. You still have to search for the specific tag you want, why can't I look at a list of tags, and click on the different tags to show all the tracks that I've tagged as that. Like a kinda folder situation. It would just make it much easier to get around. Also why does it take so long to start up. Whe I want to record, I want to record. And when I go to try to listen to something I record a long time ago, half the tracks say "updating". Updating what??? Anyway, cool app, some great features, but needs some work. Love you.
Used to be great! Apple you can do better
by Gravity_Man on 2020/05/08 21:39
Update May 2020: PLEASE UPDATE! All of us coronavirus impacted musicians need this awesome tool to be stable!! PLEASE!?!?! Update January 2020: I’ve got SOOO many notes and ideas in this thing that I don’t want to quit using it but it’s becoming unusable often. Hangs and crashes galore! But I will say it has so far eventually synced with the cloud. But I have to wait and wait. You would think that Apple would be embarrassed to have it this buggy. ——————- This app is such a great idea and has been a wonderful sketch pad and writing tool. BUT! It's gotten SOOOO sluggish and crash prone and buggy. As other reviewers have stated, this is pretty consistent after deleting and reinstalling. I love how you can take these recordings into GarageBand and then into Logic Pro to start building real tracks from these scratch tracks. Apple, you can and should do better than this! Your creative and pro apps users (who supported you and helped you survive the "dark years" before Jobs came back) are starting to feel really left out.
Like Robert Downey Jr in his rough years
by mitchard on 2018/06/09 17:53
This app was once phenomenal, but has not been updated to be compatible with recent iOS versions, and for the last year or more has been almost unusably buggy. I stick with it because I don’t want to lose the hundreds of ideas I’ve saved using the app (which often vanish into the cloud & are [to my knowledge] impossible to retroactively store on the phone,,, very frustrating when I have no service [every day, because I work in the woods]). THAT SAID, the concept is great and I hope dearly that the developers will put some love into the app soon!
One Star Despite Hundreds of Tumes
by Arathier on 2018/06/24 05:41
I echo the sentiments of the other reviewers who point out the complete lack of attention given to this genius idea. Apple, do you not have enough capital to update this? If you hold the patent on this technology, you should release it to another so they can help enhance the artistic world. Who knows, the next Superstition could be written just because some writer captures the riff on his phone. Instead, we have to interrupt the flow by the needless delays and crashes. I have hundreds of ideas captured on Music Memos back when it worked. You might as well just delete the app from the store. I gave it one star even though it could have 5. Songwriters need this tool. Please get it right! Respectfully submitted.
Finally, Thank you for the update!
by Jaghond on 2019/05/29 11:09
However basic the app is, I enjoy using it even with the bugs and issues. It serves a unique need of casual recording and quickly adding beats and bass and sharing. I haven’t found an alternative for this yet. I have been clinging to this app and was going to use it till it’s last dying breath. But I am extremely glad to see the update. Apple, please please please keep this app updated. If you had new features, I’ll probably die of joy.
Useful, but so frustrating to use
by Deltalux on 2019/04/28 22:16
You have an idea and you want to get it recorded before you lose it. Music Memos is a terrible app for this if you have a lot of ideas. Its insistence on syncing tracks in the foreground before it will let you record sinks this app’s usability. To Apple: Why do you guys make it so hard to stay in the Apple ecosystem with your basic apps??? If it’s meant for beginners then I’d really appreciate and pay money for a pro version on my phone. The organizational aspects of the app are better than any other. If they can fix the performance they’ll have a good app that I’d pay money for. But until then I am looking elsewhere.
Works as great as it needs to (For Rock&Roll)
by DeadBlackDiddleyDaddy on 2019/02/22 01:40
I can pick up my guitar, position the mic towards my Un-amplified electric guitar, lay down a guitar track, then share it to the GarageBand app on my phone, then air drop that project onto GarageBand on my MacBook. This Is A Brilliant Idea Of An App, And Even Without Any Improved anything, I can still write and record songs/music to sell on band camp. Thank you so much for this app, As a independent song writer, I Am truly grateful to live in a time where apps/tech like this is even real. Thanks Apple.
Great even with bugs.
by Lzyprson on 2017/11/24 17:01
This is by far the most useful music app, even with the bugs. I wish the auto record function was a little smarter and I wish there was a way to use a metronome with it picking up on the recording. FYI Much of the bugs revolve around the files constantly updating to other devices in iCloud. I really do hope Apple addresses this, but in the interim I’ll continue to use the app and look forward to new features. Ps. Restarting the app clears all bugs.
Great idea, poor operation
by ChargerCharlie on 2017/03/16 06:35
I would usually use voice memo to record lil riffs n things from my guitar but for some reason it won't play my old recordings and if it does it will only do one at a time. Then I have to close it and open it again to play another old recording. This app is an awesome idea and I love all the tweaks and notes you can add to it. The only thing is it freezes or gets laggy a lot. Every time I finish a recording and try to back out of editing it or importing it, it freezes. Needs a lil work and a metronome but your on the right path Apple.
Good start
by drew_beck on 2018/10/26 01:33
This does a lot of things right for how I want to use it. The biggest issue I have is with naming and organizing your recordings. Ideally I'd be able to quickly add a bunch of tracks to a folder, so that I can file away all the takes from a song or a session. Bulk renaming would also be great. The issue is that I end up with a bunch of "My Idea #" tracks. Renaming one by one is too tedious. Also dope would be a lil bit of speech recognition so I can say "this is Song Title" and it would auto name the recording. That would be the coolest.
Great App, please add tracks!
by Meantangerine on 2017/05/15 21:20
I use this app often. There are a few latency issues here and there but it's pretty on the money most of the time. It is what I use for backing music for some live events. However, I really wish there was an option to add tracks after laying down the original track. I would use it more, instead of my loop pedal, if I could add layers...even if it was just 1 or 2 additional tracks....please make this option possible, I would gladly pay for this app if it had 4 tracks.
Useful but can use some improvement
by Lucius N. on 2020/08/25 15:51
The app is very simple to use and the ability to add drums and bass automatically is good. The problems come when you write things in weird time signatures. You can set the time signature to 3/4, 4/4, or 6/8. This is pretty basic and more time signatures need to be added. Bugs are frequent and the app may refuse to play a recording unless you restart the app. In summary, I still use because it’s from Apple and not some developer I don’t trust, but it can use some improvement.
Wish you could share to other devices with the app
by -Sam---- on 2016/11/18 00:09
Love this app- it has been a game changer. I hope the developers will make a way to share music memo files to devices that use the app. There are plenty of ways to share, but what I really want is to be able to share so that others can open the file on their app. Would also love a way to sync files between devices... memos I make on my phone can't be opened on my iPad and vice versa, unless I change the file type.
Very very useful
by cdubz03 on 2018/10/26 15:58
Have you ever had a song idea and needed to get it out quickly? Especially before you forget? Enter music memo. It’s exactly that, a way to quickly record your idea, add some drums and a bass that follows your rhythm and voila! Your idea is saved! This is NOT going to replace your digital recording process! What it will do is I’ve you a quick foundation for your ideas! It’s become a regular to my work flow and helped me become more efficient and organizes. No longer do I need to record with voice recorder, then take notes and wonder what my idea might sound like with a backing set. Music memos wraps it all up into one. What could it use? If we could figure out how to help the drum pattern FOLLOW a little better they would be awesome. Other than that it’s a sweet little app!!!!
Update for iPhone X?
by westcomics on 2018/09/10 00:32
Just started using this to share ideas quickly recording on the phone from my actual amp. Much easier than loading up the computer and recording into GarageBand. I hope this app is updated for the iPhone X format and not abandoned by Apple. A useful tool for sure! With the headphone jacks dropping off the iOS devices recording guitar into them with GarageBand and Apogee Jam is hard when you can’t use wired headphones, so, this app is better for quick recordings in iOS.
Astounding!
by Warlar on 2016/11/09 23:53
This app is absolutely amazing! It's great for one the go and on the spot! I love that you can add bass and drums to your songs and they match your tempo. The only thing I wish they did, but hopefully they will do in the future is have an option that you can share your songs on Facebook. Other then that, this app is perfect! I'm constantly using this app every day when I'm playing my acoustic guitar. I have about 2 CDs worth of songs!
Not Worth The Data used to install
by hey_gos on 2017/05/25 23:22
So this app had the opportunity to be fantastic. Instead it's one of or probably the worst recording app in the Store. 1. No background recording...what the actual Fudge Apple. This is a basic need of ALL recording apps - I start recording, find words, music etc 2. No background listening...again. What the fudge. Has no one in the tiny music department ever heard of multi-tasking... 3. My Display HAS to stay on for it to play. I truly don't think anyone who worked on this app even use mobile phones. The display is the biggest drain on all phones yet I have to keep mine on for this foolish app to play what I have recorded or else it stops... I stopped using this app previously and hoped that they would fix all of its mighty flaws but alas back to the rubbish bin for good. Even if they fix it I won't use it. The sad part is, the app had potential to be one of the best recording apps out there. Simplicity, quality, integration with iCloud and for those that use it GarageBand. Do better
Required App for Musicians
by ichoosenone on 2017/01/28 14:25
GarageBand, Cubase, and Pro Tools are great and you need at least one of those for building out your demos. However, this app is essential for capturing song ideas anywhere or just when you're not all hooked up to your recording setup. Apple should focus on stability and usability and not overburden this app with much more functionality. This app should remain about the simple and quick ability to capture and access your song ideas.
So close but so frustrating
by jeremy hillary boob phd on 2019/05/07 05:33
All my voice notes that I use on this app begin with me shouting at the app to open and start, it takes so long to start recording or to do anything on it - there’s always a 5-10 second lag time and it completely interrupts and kills whatever idea I had that I was trying to record. I’ve been using it for a few months now and have hundreds of blank 0 second recordings from pressing the record button and it taking a MINUTE to start recording - so close to being great but so frustrating If you fixed this lag time, this app would be perfect. But as it stands, it’s kinda garbage.
2 Years of Music Memos Gone
by Topher Cronin on 2018/06/24 11:14
I had been using this app and loving it, until last week. I had made some silly songs last year with my nephew on vacation, and was looking forward to playing them for him on vacation this year. Sadly, most my recordings with him, along with dozens of song ideas and demos, are gone. They just disappeared. I contacted Apple Support, and their response is “you probably deleted them”. I DID NOT DELETE THEM. I DID recently upgrade my iCloud storage to 2TB. It’d be a shame that my reward for spending more money with Apple is to have them wipe my drive (luckily I’m not noticing anything else missing so far). The technical error with this app accidentally deleting my recordings is bad, but Apple Supports response is even more disheartening. I’ve always found Apple Support to be exemplary, but not in this case. The point of this app in conjunction with iCloud is that my files would be safe. Now, I’m proof that they are not. Don’t trust your creative ideas to this app. You may lose them.
Great interface, but cannot group ideas well
by trorymcarthur on 2019/04/20 21:17
Great app, and love the simple interface! However any active songwriter knows you can get a lot of different ideas for a song at different times and it’s unfortunate that this app does not provide a good way to group ideas, like a folder structure. The tagging ability is a good step in that direction but does not really end up being useful in practice. Besides that love the interface and everything else.
Good, but...
by Paul William on 2017/02/27 22:06
Obviously this app is brand-new and there's much room for improvement. It has some great features and benefits, but as a recording artist I would like to see the following additions: 1. Pause & Slide to insert during record... features that are exactly as the default Voice Memos app already has 2. Layers - it would be pretty cool to have the ability to add additional tracks to a music memos (for example - creating harmonies behind vocals are going back to add another layer at another time to add lyrics or instrument) 3. Import or "Open In Music Memos" feature - it would be great (if we had layers) to be able to import audio... say music track that I'm working on lyrics for. I know I could use GarageBand to help with some of this, but I'm looking for something very simple to create a couple of vocal tracks + type lyrics on an idea without all the extra fluff... I hope Apple is reading this and listening to these suggestions.
Small price for SO MUCH!
by paradigmmatrix on 2017/02/17 14:36
This tool is simply amazing! although it "could" do more, it does not need to. For instance, I had a friend send me a recording of herself sing with a UKE. I recorded using the app and then added bass and drums - exported to Garageband IOS and was able to adjust everything. You can simply speak or "beatbox" and or record literally anything and it lays out the chords and more! I have Logic Pro X and this exports so nice to literally any of my apps! THANKS SO MUCH!! Sarge
Please fix the bugs.
by STY_HMBL on 2017/11/06 18:03
This app is a great idea. Especially since it’s an apple app. But I’m used to the quality standard of what Apple Inc. has to bring to the table. This app is not living up to its full potential. Please update it. Please fix the bugs. Please make it so it’s not sooooo laggy. Please make it so that you can play your idea while multitasking on another app. Please just give it some lovin. Make it faster. Maybe a little better interface with a metronome. Thank you for your time. Please make it happen.
Incredible!
by grissomtd on 2018/10/10 20:59
I have been playing guitar and loving music for over 40 years. This application is incredible. It helps me get my Ideas down, which is great but more importantly being able to fine-tune the tracks and send them to garage band where it works seamlessly is truly like having a band in my pocket. If I had had this long ago I would’ve been a retired music superstar by now. :)
Keep This App Alive & Functional!
by iPodX7 on 2020/02/24 20:40
I wish Apple would work hard and efficient with this app as they do with GarageBand & Logic because it’s a great app, great concept for us music or artist but it needs to be updated and those bugs need to be brushed off. The app closes too often and freezes at moments! I love you Apple, I love the products and even your apps but can we not forget even the smallest apps please? Thank you I will update this to a 5 star when I see improvement. And trust me. I don’t forget.
You Have Now Been Warned!
by CJFlu on 2020/08/31 11:16
This app will erase it’s data. Don’t do it! There is NO way to quantify the loss and anger you WILL feel and experience WHEN this app deletes all the ideas you were saving. Keep looking. Don’t download this app. This app WILL delete your files without your knowledge. I just lost two years of song beginnings, chord progressions, guitar licks, piano items I was working on, and more. GONE. And there is NO WAY to restore those items. You’re better off buying an old tape recorder. To the “people” responsible for making and updating this app, isn’t it time to do the responsible thing and remove this junk from the App Store?
I really like this app and use it quite often.
by lmrozanski on 2019/07/28 06:13
I find this app very useful for recording ideas on the go when inspiration hits. A little laggy between tap and response, but something I can get used to. This actually surprises me coming from Apple, but I’m rating in terms of features and in that regard this is a solid and simple app that gets the job done extremely well.
Please add the ability to play memos in background
by MikeP916 on 2019/04/07 23:50
I think this app is great, the only issue that sometimes makes me end up using other apps instead is that you can’t listen to the memos in the background while using a different app. I use this tool for songwriting and I really need to be able to listen back to my recordings while working on lyrics in Notes. Adding that feature would make this a perfect 5-star app
Great app, simple and exports to GarageBand
by varloo.varloo on 2016/10/05 05:15
The hardest part of recording in GarageBand or Logic is getting the project set up. What's great is this app will grab the key, tempo, beats, and even the swing! It also picks a drummer and style that seems to match. Amazing. Has saved so much time in getting a song set up. Then export to GarageBand and save to iCloud, and open from GarageBand or Logic on mac. Wish it had one less step there, but still. Great app.
Awesome concept, but buggy & underdeveloped
by n.2the.d on 2019/01/03 23:50
This is an awesome app! But it’s been 4+ years now and it still lacks heavily in what it says it does and should do, and it’s still buggin’. Still useful, but more of an experiment than functional app. So come on Apple developers: fix them bugs, and for God’s sake man, make it be able to play back (background) while using different apps!! Find a way to make this prioritized (commercially) so that it gets the kind of developmental support (time/resources) to make it excellent!!
Good, but could be better
by amc135 on 2018/02/13 22:56
This is a great app for recording ideas, but it would be really nice if it worked in the background while I used other apps. I use multiple apps to write songs (notebooks with lyrics, audio files of partially done songs, etc.) and it would be really nice to run this in the background while I sing ideas out loud to capture everything. Also, as others have said, it is a bit buggy/laggy at times. Could be great, but lacking.
This app is great but...
by multitasker01 on 2019/08/05 19:33
I don’t usually write reviews but I really like this app and all the cool features it has such as the add on guitar/drums and being able to label each recording off into sections. One thing I really wish the manufacturers included was the ability to record while on another app on your phone. Most of the time when I’m recording covers or my own songs, I look up lyrics/chords and I wish I could record while also looking up something else.
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