So if you read the news recently you’ll know about NME Radio’s brand new iPhone application. Download it to your device and it lets you immediately purchase any track you’ve heard on air, whether it’s one of Sarah Kerr’s morning tunes, a louder Chris Martin track or some extreme noise from Sunday night’s Metal Hammer Meltdown show. You can also text the studio direct from your phone, meaning you can have a say in what we play without sitting in the Thursday afternoon bunfights we call the playlist meeting.
It got us thinking in the office, what are the other best music apps for your iPhone? This lot would be a pretty good start...
A must for budding guitarists, this piece of digital kit has a metronome, a list of 260 chord diagrams and even a built in tuner which will tell you if you’re hitting the notes or not. “Close enough for jazz” will no longer wash.
If you want to start your own band without the egotistical lead singer and the drummer that always rocks up pissed, this function lets you play and record guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and even has a built in appreciative audience. When the time comes to play them live you might look like a bit of a douche though.
This app lets you import or record sounds and add processed beats, loop, adjust EQ and delay and then package the song up to be sent to your mates/iTunes/a record company. It’s not cheap and you’ll need a music degree to get the most out of it, but if it’s good enough for Timbaland…
If you’re a musician, you already have an app on the newer phone you can use for music. Toddla T was telling us recently how he used the Voice Memo feature to record the sound of the sea in Jamaica, and will probably be using it in a future recording. The whole world of sound is out there for amateur field recorders.
An oldie but a goldie, this app lets you hold your phone up to a music source and within seconds lets you know what song is playing. It doesn’t work on some tunes (Acid Mothers Temple flummoxed the shit out of it) but for 99% of the music you’ll hear, it can name the song and provide a link to buy. Not bad considering it’s free.
Fans of 8-bit chiptune and crap video consoles will love this, it's a synth made up of old gaming noises. Scream incoherently over the top and you can become Crystal Castles from the comfort of your own home.
As we already mentioned a while back, Star6 is an awesome new app that lets you remix your favourite tracks just be flicking your phone. You can import your own sounds or draw from a vast library of blips and bleeps. It looks pretty cool too.
This brings out the axe-shredder in us all.
While this brings out the, er, native American in us all.
Kings Of Leon NME App
While we don't want to blow our own Ocarina, our special Kings Of Leon photo app is full of exclusive images of the band from NME's crack team of photographers.
This nifty app lets you see who's tweeting at the gig you're at by looking for keywords or using a special tracker that finds tweeters within 2000 metres of you. Read more about it here.
This clever app lets you listen direct to a variety of reggae stations from across the globe - and then mix the music yourself. Beyond it in action:
This one's pretty good for budding DJs too (it kicks in after about 90 seconds)...
This nifty app, recommended by an NME.COM user, reads your music library and generates a personal calendar of gigs in your area.
Finally, another one from an NME.COM user (as below). Naturally it was only a matter of time before ambient oddball and creator of the Windows start-up music Brian Eno made one:
So what’s your favourite music app? Oh, and best non-music app - got to be Fieldrunners right?