"Play music by ear"
Learn That Song (PLAY Edition) is a musical assistant that helps you learn to play your favourite songs.
It can control the Music app (including streaming Apple Music songs), loop parts of a song, display a waveform, and rewind or fast forward like a tape player.
Use your ears to learn jazz solos, fiddle tunes, math rock, indigenous music, classical pieces, Lady Gaga… Whatever grooves you, this app will help you develop your listening ability.
* * * FEATURES * * *
1. See and scroll.
A fluid, scrollable waveform allows you to quickly and visually access different areas of the song. No need to pinch and zoom to go back and forth between large and small scales because both are visible simultaneously.
2. Tapedeck-style playback.
Say goodbye to accidentally pressing the 'rewind' button and losing your place in the song. You probably want to go back 'just a bit', so that's what the rewind button does: tap to jump back two seconds; hold to seek backwards.
3. Play that again, and again, and again, and…
Create a loop and set in and out points by tapping the buttons or dragging the sliders. With unlimited loops, you can have one for intro, verse, chorus, solo, head, coda…
4. To the left, to the right.
To save time, you can set a loop to the correct number of bars and then just shift to the left or right. This lets you practice in musical sections without re-creating the same loop several times.
5. Über comfort.
The playback buttons are large and positioned in a way that natural for your hands. You can play, pause, and rewind without looking at the screen.
6. ALL THE TAGS.
You can finally see all of the musical metadata without truncation, including the title, artist, album, composer, and release date.
* * * TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS * * *
• Control the Music app
• Control Apple Music songs while streaming
• Start playing from the Music app and continue here
• Loop sections or the entire song
• Save unlimited loops
• See and scroll waveform of song
• Coarse speed change
• Rewind and fast forward like a tape player
• Navigate playlists
• Repeat songs, albums, or playlists
• View metadata (Title, Artist, Album, etc…) without truncation
• Play songs from the Music app
• Stream songs via AirPlay
• No file management: works with any song in the Music app
• VoiceOver support
• No complicated instructions
• Universal app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* * * SUPPORT/FEEDBACK * * *
From within the app, tap the question mark icon, then select 'Send Feedback'.
* * * TWO FLAVOURS * * *
Learn That Song comes in two flavours - REMIX and PLAY. Both of them have similar features and share the same look and feel.
Use REMIX Edition to change the speed, key, or tuning of the song; it has high quality sound adjustments.
Use PLAY Edition to work with playlists or streaming Apple Music songs. It's like a remote control for the Music app, so you can start playing there and finish here!
Both will be useful on your musical journey.
* * * QUOTES * * *
"Use it daily. Favorite music app."
"allows me to spend the least amount of time touching my iPad and the most time actually picking up notes and wrtiting them down on my sheet. I'm already transcribing my third song and it's really quite fun"
"Very easy to use. I play bass and just learned a song with this app. I was able to do everything with one hand and keep the other on my instrument."
"Beautiful and very comfortable interface. The app is very simple and allows you to do with eye gestures what other applications are making it more complicated."
"Simply the best and easiest app I have ever used!! Super easy to figure out and I use it all the time. A must have for musicians!!!"
"This app has certainly increased my musical potential."
"It's very easy to use and a wonderful tool for language learners."
"It's obvious this app was designed by a musician who needed a better music player for learning and practicing songs."
• Bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
I've been using this app for years now and it has really been an affordable option for learning guitar licks and riffs by ear. Great for transcribing. It may experience some small bugs now and then but the interface is incredibly easy to use. After years the developer is still updating and correcting bugs with each iOS update. I think I've been using this app for roughly 3 years now and it has never let me down.
Doesn't load music library
App will not load my music library. I can see Playlists and find songs that way, but there's nothing in the Artists, Albums, or Songs tabs. In order to get anything to play I have to first make sure I've added the song to a playlist. Very inconvenient.
As far as the playback and looping goes, it works great. Looping sections, skipping back, etc. All that seems to work rather well.
If it would actually load my music library so I wouldn't have to do this stupid playlist workaround I'd give it 5 stars.
After talking with the developer, they told me that in order to play any songs they must be downloaded to my device. This makes no sense, since I can play anything from a playlist, even if it's not downloaded. They also CLEARLY say in the description "Including streaming Apple Music songs", which is not true.
Developer Response ,
It's true that this is kind of a paradox: The app can control playback of songs that are streaming from Apple Music, but it will only present songs in the library if they are downloaded on the device ('available offline').
I guess my intention for the app was to provide certain things that are useful for those subscribed to Apple Music, without completely integrating with the service, and to be honest this app will probably always be designed for the 'listen to music without internet access' mindset…
A musicians dream! Concepts and and the interface is awesome. I just wish it would respond to my touches and not be so glitchy. It’s make it frustrating to use it when you’re trying to learn a song. 5 start if the bugs are fixed. It worked seemly before the iOS 11 update. I think the problem may lie in the new feature where the app is trying to steam the song from the library rather than actually opening the song in the app.
Developer Response ,
I find it a bit glitchy too to be honest, but I would say that the majority of them are a result of the fact that this app is less a music player and more a remote control: it sends commands to and reacts to changes from the Music app (which is the actual player), so sometimes it is not always possible to control the behaviour… But I'm doing everything I can!
You may want to also consider the other Remix Edition which has its own music player and so I can control the experience a bit better.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.