MusicSmart - Liner Notes 4+

Credits for your music library

Loop Apps LTDA

    • $3.99


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MusicSmart finds liner notes and credits for songs and artists. Gain insights into the creative process behind your favorite music, discover the writers, producers, engineers, and other collaborators involved in the production, and more.

MusicSmart aggregates music knowledge from various sources into a powerful and easy-to-use app. With features such as Smart Sections, you can gain a deeper understanding of the music creation process and each role and instrument used.

Search for a song or artist in the app to find liner notes and credits such as:
• Description: Information about the recording process, the backstory behind the song, artists, etc.
• Songwriting and Composition: Composer, Arranger, Producer, and more.
• Performance and Recording: Vocals, Performer, Programmer, Engineers, Editor, and more.
• Marketing and Distribution: A&R, Publishers, Distributors, and more.
• Business: Labels, Copyright, and more.
• Visuals: Director, Cinematographer, Designer, Visualizer, and more.
• Locations: Recorded At, Mixed At, Mastered At, and more.
• Instruments: Drums, Shakers, Strings, Guitars, Keyboards, and more.

Download MusicSmart today to unlock a wealth of knowledge about your favorite music, all in one convenient location!

Note: No Apple Music or Spotify subscription is required to use MusicSmart. MusicSmart relies on multiple online sources and databases to find liner notes and credits. The number of details available may vary for each song.

What’s New

Version 2.0.3

- Fixed a bug that could cause trending songs to not load.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Domer7 ,

Well done app

This app fills a giant hole that I'd have expected more music organizing apps to do - have fun and interesting information about songs and artists. The seach process is quick and easy. One piece of information missing that I'd have liked to see is the album(s) the track appears on, but this is minor. The only thing I hoped this app would be able to do is integrate with the Music app to automatically display info for the song that's playing. Maybe that's too much to ask, but it still enhances and makes the music streaming experience more enjoyable.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review!

The Mac doesn't have the same APIs available on iOS/iPadOS for third-party developers to access the user music library. That's why MusicSmart on the Mac only allows users to search for a specific song manually.

To make it easier to see liner notes of a song from the Music app without manually searching, I created this shortcut that you can use from the Services menu. Please check out this thread to download it and to see how it works:

ArcadiaStudios ,

A helpful utility, with two caveats

I’ve only occasionally dipped into this app for detailed information regarding my music, so I haven’t fully explored all the nooks and crannies.

At this point, I can recommend the app, but I have to mention two frustrations. #1 may be outside the developer’s control, but it’s still annoying: Not all albums featuring MusicSmart data include the same categories of data or even much data at all; some feature extensive lists of performers/producers/engineers, etc., while others simply present songwriter credits. I’m sure this is based on what’s available, but I’d like to see both greater detail and greater consistency.

#2 is more frustrating for me: Before you can read liner notes or view MusicSmart data for an album, that album must be in your library. I realize it doesn’t require much effort to add a title via Apple Music, but it’s a hurdle that feels unnecessary. If I’m shopping for physical music, I’d be able to read the liner notes on the back of an LP or, perhaps, maybe even on a CD; why can’t I access information regardless of whether a title is in my personal library or not? That information could help me decide whether to stream, add in Apple Music, or purchase new music.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review! Regarding #1, you're right, the amount of details depends on the third-party data sources MusicSmart uses, so it may vary depending on the album or song.

And regarding #2, it is possible to see liner notes without adding the album to your lbrary. To do this, open MusicSmart and tap the Search button in the top-right of the navigation bar. Then, type the name of the album or artist to search for liner notes.

jadanzzy ,

A delightful resource!

Think less of MusicSmart as a standalone application, and more of an extension to Apple Music. If you start with the MusicSmart app, you’ll find the experience frustrating, as the UI and UX is pretty barebones. If you use the MusicSmart extension as you navigate through Apple Music, you’ll appreciate that you have that additional context at your fingertips. It’s a great first start, and well worth the $2, in my opinion. The information is much more robust with more recent music than older, but you can’t blame Marcos for that given he’s just pulling from 3rd party sources.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for this review! Yes, the app was built with the action extension in mind, so it works better this way. But I'm working on some improvements to make the experience of using the main app more enjoyable!

App Privacy

The developer, Loop Apps LTDA, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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