Music Memos

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

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



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


Device(s) App Was Tested On


iOS Version


Accessibility Comments

There are a few accessibility issues, which include the following: Be aware that whilst on the main screen, the volume is turned nearly all the way down, which is probably to prevent system sounds from triggering the auto record mode. So it may seem that VoiceOver has crashed. If VoiceOver does speak during recording, it will be picked up via the mic, so you might consider using this app with headphones. Button labeling on the details screen needs improving. It is currently not possible to trim recordings using VO. The same applies to Specifying the first downbeat, correcting chords and changing the time signature. If you double tap and hold on the drum button, a screen appears that gives you basic control over the generated drum track. However, some of the buttons are not clearly labeled, and you are unable to drag the puck around to change the loudness/complexity of the groove. Double tapping and holding on the bass button calls up a similar screen, with the same accessibility issues. you can use the 3 finger left/right gestures to move between measures. However, VoiceOver speaks random page numbers.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.


2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Kara Louise 1 year 8 months ago



Submitted by AppleForAll on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I was not able to trim my recordings with VO. Any known solutions?

Submitted by Kara Louise on Thursday, January 21, 2016

In reply to by AppleForAll

Not at present there isn't, no. I have also found a few other accessibility bugs so I'll update the entry.

Submitted by Alan on Friday, January 22, 2016

The button tagged as "tune" or "tuner" (Excuse me, my iphone language is set to spanish and I'm not sure how is it tagged in english) on the main screen doens't do anything when pressed, at least from a voice over perspective.

Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Friday, January 22, 2016

If you press the tuner button it actually pops up an element on the screen that shows you the currently playing note. However, if I understand the descriptions that most websites give, it's also displays some sort of lines that, the closer to the centre they are the more in-tune your playing is, both when using the tuner and also on the main measure display. This is another thing not currently read by VO.

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