Tunebook 17+

JH Labs

Designed for iPad

    • 3.0 • 6 Ratings
    • $1.99



Tunebook is now identical to the Tunebook for iPad application - don't buy both! I keep both on the App Store because it's not possible to provide an upgrade path to a single app without forcing some users to pay twice.

Tunebook is a viewer for music expressed in the ABC format. ABC is a simple text-based notation for music and many thousands of tunes are freely available in this format on the Web. ABC is also supported by many music applications. See http://abc.sourceforge.net/ for more details on the ABC format. The format is primarily geared towards traditional folk music where tunes fit on a single page.

Tunebook allows you to import files in the ABC format from websites into its database. You can then list the tunes, search for tunes by words in the title, by key and by time signature. Selecting a tune will display it in musical notation and allow you to play it in a variety of voices. You can also create tunebooks to organize your tune collection.

Tunebook is based on the well-known abc2ps and abc2midi applications, and licensed under the GPL. The source code is available from http://www.jhlabs.com/tunebook.

What’s New

Version 3.1.18

Fixed the internal Web browser hanging on bookmarked sites which don't use HTTPS.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Evil Engel ,

Great but loses edita

I use this app every and I love it when it works. A massive bug makes it lose edits to ABC tunes. I spent hours tweaking a few tunes last night, and this morning they all reverted to the previous version. Store backups of your edits elsewhere. It’s so frustrating.

Swduncan ,

Needs iCloud sync

App works well and is mature. The ability to search and find tunes on the web is great.

But in this day and age I assume that whatever I do on my phone will be the same in my iPad and vice versa. No so with this app. Anything I put in one place has to be manually moved/copies to the other.

gfhandle ,

Does the job nicely

This app does what it says it will. You upload your abc collections using the built in web server. Then you can create tunebooks and manually attach selected tunes. A bit tedious but it works. I use it for dance tunes. On my screen the music is too small. It would be nice if the app optimized the view for you. And really, to play from it would require a bigger screen. But as a memory aide, a nice little program.

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

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

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