Air Pipes - Bagpipes for iPhone


Description of App: 

Play the bagpipes on your iPhone!Featured on STV, The Scottish Sun and“... a technical triumph”—“... the bagpipes app that certainly stirs the soul”— NZ HeraldFUN and EASY for anyone to play. Just blow into the microphone to start piping like a true highlander.LEARN TO PLAY the bagpipe classics:

  • Amazing Grace
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Scotland the Brave
  • Flower of Scotland *
  • Highland Cathedral *
  • The Rowan Tree
  • Yankee Doodle
  • God Save The Queen
  • ... and more!


  • Authentic Scottish sound sampled from real Great Highland Bagpipes.
  • Blow into the microphone to top up the air, or tap the "hold" button to keep level constant.
  • Step-up your skills with timing and accuracy scores.
  • Test your talent by competing with others on Game Center.
  • Download FREE Scottish Small Pipes instrument pack.
  • Customise the look of your Air Pipes.
  • Enjoy lush reverb effects for a big, full sound (iOS 5 only).
  • Adjust the volume of the drone and chanter.
  • AutoBlow function if your device doesn't have a microphone or if you're feeling out of breath :)

Keep an eye out for future updates - more tunes and features to come!* Copyrighted tunes can be purchased within the app. This covers the cost of licensing the music. All current and future public domain tunes will remain free of charge.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known



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Accessibility Comments: 

I have set my bagpipe to autoblow as I couldn't get the app to consistently work correctly with the manual blow. You will also need to pick a song which is free like Happy Birthday to get started. Once you have all your settings in place, return to the main screen of the app and turn VoiceOver off. I am able to touch the middle of the screen where the "Hold" button is and the airpipe will begin. There's three keys on each side of your screen if you are holding it in portrait position, for a total of six keys. You can then tap the tune out for the song you have chosen. I have a terrible ear so "Happy Birthday" has been rather challenging for me. To stop the auto-blow, just close the app and turn VO back on. Please note that this app has worked more consistently since I re-installed it a few days ago after the original download. For some reason it didn't want to work for awhile so I just removed and started over. That would be my first suggestion if you get stuck as unloading it from the App Switcher didn't seem to do much.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

The price is $1.99 and it has worked fine since I re-installed it. I have not had any reason not to recommend it, but I admit it didn't always work correctly the first time I used it. If there's a guide on the screen for which keys you need to push, it cannot be accessed.