OnSong is the best app for musicians. Get ready to prepare, practice and perform with ease. OnSong 2020 is the original version and contains pro-level features for continued use. This app lets you subscribe to OnSong Premium for the first six-months free to access even more advanced features.

Import and build your library of chords and lyrics. Built-in support for Dropbox, Google Drive, SongSelect, Planning Center, and more to work the way you do. Even scan your paper charts directly¹. OnSong supports text-based chord charts, Adobe PDF and other file types you can import from any supporting app like Safari. OnSong Console¹ lets you manage your library from your Mac or PC in any web browser. Whether you have ten or ten-thousand songs in your repertoire, it's always lightweight and mobile so you can play anytime, anywhere.

Play more gigs with planning made easy. Pull your set lists in moments and gather the band. Transpose, capo, and format your text-based chord charts to look just right and then annotate or draw¹ on the page to make special notes. When you're all done, share wirelessly with your team in real-time, or print, email, or export too. OnSong is as flexible as it is powerful.

OnSong is built for the stage. Tap to turn pages or go hands-free with wireless foot pedals or intelligent autoscrolling. No more clumsy page turning on cluttered music stands. Every aspect of the song is at your fingertips. Assign tempo and time signature for a reassuring click, sing a cappella with a digital pitch pipe, link to backing tracks to play along, or even send MIDI events to automate your stage¹, all without complicated or confusing equipment.

OnSong features powerful video features that go well beyond other apps. Display lyrics on a projector or an HDTV with a video adapter, AppleTV, or Google Cast-compatible device. Compose custom backgrounds with still or motion graphics, or live video¹ feeds for dynamic performances. Stay on the same page with your band with confidence monitors you control on-stage. While you're at it, run stage lighting too¹. OnSong is the ultimate creative tool for musicians.

While OnSong 2020 has many of the features you need, there are a few that are only available with a Premium subscription. You get a six-month free trial when you sign up in the app.

• Advanced Actions – Perform more actions with double tap, multiple actions, and more.
• Console – Manage your library from the comfort of any computer running a modern web browser.
• Document Scanner – Import using your device's camera and extract text into chord charts.
• Drawings – Sure sticky notes are nice, but draw on the digital page with your finger or Apple Pencil.
• Live Video – Use your device cameras to create lyrics video backgrounds with filters and effects.
• MIDI – Turns your app into a powerful controller for your instruments and equipment on stage.
• Scenes – Connect DMX stage lights to set the scene with dynamic lighting and backgrounds.
• Technical Support – Get premium preferred support and fast track requests if you really need it.
• Upgrades and Services – Upgrade for free to OnSong 2022 and future apps, features, and services.

Want to learn more? Visit to find out if OnSong 2020 is right for you.

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Version 2020.8.4

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3.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

My Mark Anthony ,

A great app for solo is however be aware of some pitfalls

This is a great app for soloist. I am a solo guitar player and singer and have been utilizing this app for almost 10 years. Some of the most positive things about the app is organizing your show Set list, Books Artist or however you would like to do it. I love the way you’re capable of adding a song putting sticky notes on the screen to make you aware of certain situation’s in a song. Too many positive things to go over I would strongly recommend any soloist to utilize this app they will be delighted with it however. There are some downsides I’ve had some crashes were the app become non-responsive for up to 2 to 3 minutes sometimes. I’ve had scrolling issues. And for some reason or other sometimes it takes an awful long time to load a song. I would recommend anyone utilizing this app to have a back up iPad in the event something happens and they can’t perform the show. My biggest complaint would be that the app becomes non-responsive freezes for up to 15 to 20 seconds and this can happen multiple times during a performance. But for the most part I strongly recommend the app but there is some downside and pitfalls that you learn to work around. I strongly recommend that you do not upgrade to the newest version until you’re sure that it’s operating properly. And also set your iPad for manual updates not automatic updates so the iOS can be checked before it is used. Good luck

Developer Response ,

Hello! Thank you so much for the honest review and feedback- they are appreciated! We're sorry to hear that OnSong is crashing or becoming non-responsive for you at times. We would love to take a look and assist you with these errors. Would you be willing to reach out to us via OnSong > Utilities gear > Communicate > Get Support so that our support team can take a look at your library and try to remedy these issues? We will get back to you ASAP. Thank you very much, and thanks for using OnSong!

Paperfiddler ,

Apple Pencil issues

Edit: In late October 2020, the Apple Pencil was working beautifully to notate my charts. Today, 1-9-21, it’s doing what it was doing in my first review, plus some even more crazy things like duplicating the chart before superimposing the charts on each other, but slightly askew. I’m so disappointed that I can’t write on my charts again.

Original review: I’ve absolutely loved this app until last month, when my Apple Pencil went from working really well for notes on PDF’s, to jumping all over the screen like crazy. I was in a very important rehearsal situation, and almost got fired because I couldn’t get my entrances written in the right places. The screen would move around while I tried to make markings. So at the job, I was totally dependent on other people to show me when to play and sing. It was really bad, and could’ve been financially devastating.

For the future, I’d love to see actual music notation option added to the program, even if it’s small scale. There are times when I’d really like to make even a sticky note with a notated phrase on it. As it is, I type in the phrase using the letters (which is very limited). Even a staff option, where I could just write in the notes with the Apple Pencil...assuming the pencil can write a circle and a line without shooting diagonally across the page...

Developer Response ,

Hello! We're sorry to hear that you're experiencing issues with the Apple Pencil. We'd recommend reaching out to our support team about this so that they can give you a hand and ensure this problem is fixed for you. Just open OnSong Pro > Utilities gear icon > Communicate > Get Support and we will get back to you ASAP! Thank you very much!

Irish_Vixen ,

Just Wow!!!

UPDATE: I am still completely amazed at how OnSong has improved my entire performance. I do not go on stage without it! The best part is I have is set up on an external monitor hidden in a case that looks like an instrument monitor. Nobody knows it is even there which makes me look good :D

I bought this so that I could consolidate my chord charts (digital and otherwise). It is just blowing my mind. It can control my lighting for me without even having to touch the screen (I use foot pedals to navigate through my sets). I no longer have to rely on my friend who may have had enjoyed himself a bit more then he should have prior to the performance. I can send charts to those who may be joining me on the stage during the week so that we are all on the same page before we get to the performance. I am ready to start using the Connect feature so that I can have an extra device with me and whoever ends up with me will see everything I am and I can keep my eyes on the crowd and not sending cues to whoever.

The best part of this is when I had questions, the OnSong crew actually provided answers and helpful hints that blew me away even more. They provided clear consise answers and links to all their video tutorials. The app is better then any software/app that I have paid hundreds of dollars for in the past.


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