I got my iPod Touch about two years ago and I must say that it is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I use it every single day, and in many different ways. Like many people, I drooled over the iPhone when it first appeared, but I’ve managed to hold out so far. I actually like that my free LG flip phone is a separate device. I use my iPod touch for email, scheduling, searching the web, social networking, and for listening to and purchasing music. Due to the thousands of apps on the iTunes store, I can also use it as a metronome, a tuner, a music dictionary, a recorder, and an ear trainer. I’d like to share a list of apps that I think are very helpful for musicians
Dr. Bettote TC – By far, the best metronome app out there. Like it’s “similar sounding” namesake (Dr. Beat) it has the ability to subdivide the beat, multiple beat mode, a sound generator, and a busy but fantastic interface.
IStroboSoft – Like the old strobo-tuner I first used in Jr. High school, but a digital and highly portable version. I like it better than a simple needle simulator.
Karajan – A great ear training application designed to help you build your sight-singing and hearing skills. Keeps tracks of your “lessons” and statistics to track your progress.
Musictionary – A very nice music dictionary, although I have my eye on the much more expensive ($14.99) and hopefully more comprehensive Oxford Dictionary of Music.
FiRe Field Recorder – One of many recording apps out there designed for musicians, although the included app Voice Memos may do in a pinch
Many of the aforementioned apps would we useless to an iPod touch user without a microphone. As I learned the hard way, not all microphones with a mini-jack work with iPods. The Apple Earphones with remote and built-in microphone work great, and they work just as well as the older apple ear buds. They are also quite handy to use for chatting on Skype or using your iPod touch as a phone as long as you have a wi-fi connection. [Note: I think the new iPod Touch includes a built-in microphone]
More and more musicians are blogging these days, and as you can see, my preferred blog host is WordPress. I used the WordPress app to blog for the fist time from my iPod Touch to write this blo, although I did clean some things up and added links on my office computer.
The number of apps is growing everyday in number and sophistication, so I am sure I will have to update this post in the future. I talk a lot about tools in my teaching; not just having them, but using them correctly. If you are looking for the MVP of my tuba tool box, it has to be my iPod touch.