PocketPipes is an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch  player for bagpipe tunes  (abc and bww files) with lot of options. A vertical bar shows the note being played on the sheet music. PocketPipes is your partner for practicing, with your own tunes and statistics about recent playbacks help you to drive your training sessions.

- bagpipe chanter sound or practice chanter sound
- defining a section of the tune for playback (to focus on few measures when training, with long press on the sheet music). The area outside the section is grayed.
- loop mode
- playing with or without drones or embellishments
- C natural, or C natural + F natural
- synchronized metronome with the current play
- optional 5-7-9 attack before each play
- tempo tuning for the current tune

- importing tunes from a desktop with iTunes, a Dropbox(TM) account, or email attachements
- file sharing : you can send tunes or sheet music as email attachments
- file uploading to a Dropbox account (wav soundtrack and pdf sheet music)
- sheet music printing
- categorization (tagging) of the tunes allows to work on subsets within the personal tunes (i.e. Marches, Slow airs, To learn, Next performance ....). See guide on website. More flexible than folder hierarchy.
- searching by keys, crossed with categories
- statistics on recent playbacks, crossed with categories
- file edition in textual mode with revert capability to the previous file

- contextual menu with a long press on the tune title or force touch actions (on devices such as iPhone 6S, 7 ...)
- full screen and zooming on sheet music (important for iPhones)
- ability to colorize some parts of the tunes (non standard feature)
- keyboard for fun only

Nota: tempo setting and section marks are made persistent.
PocketPipes contains six tunes for demonstration purpose.
Available ressources on the support web site: Packs of tunes, guides, FAQ, link to abc software
See FAQ for specific questions.

What’s New

Version 8.1

- On iPad, capability to drag ans drop tunes in a split view from Files App for instance to Pocketpipes. Only abc or bww files can be dropped, one by one in the MyTunes tab. This requires IOS 11+. It is a way to install files from iCloud Drive location if you have abc/bww files on iCloud Drive.
- Bug fix: in some cases the tunes list was not sorted
- Bug fix: in some cases the import from email attachement failed

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating


Claude Le Dû
50.6 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, French

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013 Claude Le Dû


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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