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Mint.io Groovebox Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Michael Carattini on April 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY MUSIC CREATION
Mint.io Groovebox is a well-polished electronic music creation app that offers a ton of great features that make live music performances fun and easy.
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The Backing Track App Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Michael Carattini on April 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PRACTICE IMPROV
The Backing Track App provides musicians with a useful tool to practice improvisation. Users can jam to a variety of styles with limited options.
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Yellofier Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FUNKY BEATS
Words cannot express the awesomeness of this completely free music sampler app that lets users turn any sounds into a song in just a few minutes.
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The Orchestra Review

By Lisa Caplan on April 10th, 2013
The Orchestra takes classical music lovers of all ages on a multi-media back stage tour like no other.
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Weezic Augmented Sheet Music Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Michael Carattini on March 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSIC PRACTICE TOOL
Weezic not only offers sheet music for a variety of instruments, but also provides a beneficial practice tool that assesses your performance.
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Vio Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VOICE MORPHING MADNESS
Vio transforms voices into beautiful harmonies and sonic universes thanks to its impressive interface.
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Orphion Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Angela LaFollette on February 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXPRESS YOURSELF
Orphion is an impressive and fully customizable musical instrument designed for the iPad that lets anyone compose beautiful melodies.
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Mixis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEWBIE FRIENDLY NOTES
It's not one for musical pros but Mixis is a quite fun if simple way of creating tunes from tapping.
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Figure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on January 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLY STUNNING
It's easy to Figure it out!
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Band Of The Day Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VARIED DISCOVERIES
Each day of the year, Band of the Day highlights a particular new band worthy of checking out, and offers up a selection of tracks and information to absorb.
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FMFinder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on November 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MUSIC WOES
FMFinder aims to help users discover new music based on their tastes, but there are a few issues that hold it back from being superb.
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Rock Prodigy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on October 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ROCKS!
Rock Prodigy helps beginning guitar students learn to play with over 150 lessons and exercises laid out in a simple format with easy-to-follow instructions.
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Borderlands Granular Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GRAINY
Borderlands Granular lets users manipulate small fragments of sounds through gesture interaction.
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VEVO HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MUSIC VIDEO HEAVEN
VEVO HD is clearly a more cleaner and organized version of YouTube for music videos, and its expansive catalog leaves little room for disappointment.
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Blue Note by Groovebug Review

Posted by Lisa Caplan on October 12th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: EMI Records Limited
Price: FREE
Version: 1.1.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar


EMI is doing some interesting things with app developers via their openEMI project. While the project is by no means limited to iOS, EMI proper, pairing with Groovebug and Blue Note Records - which was founded in 1939 and acquired by EMI in 1971 - chose the iPad to make it’s commercial debut. Blue Note by Groovebug offers a great free tour of the jazz label’s catalog with 30-second low-bitrate samples along with access to iconic album cover designs and even detailed liner notes, giving the package a vintage vibe with legit LP perks.

While the app functions as a free stand-alone product, in order to enjoy full tracks users must subscribe for $1.99/month. While the catalog is finite, it’s not all there yet and EMI promises new featured albums and artists along with new playlists from experts in various related fields each month to keep thing from getting stale. The upgrade also gets users higher-quality audio and access to extended photo galleries.

The app pays homage to one of the most venerable historic jazz labels and has sounds from the likes of Thelonious Monk and Jazz Messenger drummer Art Blakely in signature Hard Bop style, Modal Jazz with Andrew Hill and Sonny Clark along with other sub-genres like trios, tenors and post-Bop and recordings by giants including Baby Face Willette, Miles Davis and John Coltrane - all musical pioneers in their time.

The feature set is cool whether you love jazz or don’t know much about it. Along with the album art and music, there are well-written featured articles on topics like Blue Note’s history and Blue Note in NYC Jazz Clubs. Users can add curated playlists to their favorites and make new playlists of their own. Also included is basic social sharing to Tumblr and Twitter and extra Facebook integration allowing users to dedicate songs to friends and participate in conversations.

There is even artist backstory and discovery - those who want to learn more about the early avante-garde jazz scene can tap on a familiar name and get all their recordings, a fairly extensive bio, YouTube videos, news, photos, even original newspaper clippings. The last tab – Similar – toggles a neat turntable-like control, which users spin to see related artists.

Blue Note by Groovebug is a sweet package, worth the subscription if one loves jazz or wants to learn more. It’s not a comprehensive history of this uniquely American art form, but it digs into one label that helped shape the genre with enough depth and breadth to give it replay value. I’m eager to see what EMI and third parties do next with commercial OpenEMI apps on iOS, Spotify, and beyond.