The Week in iOS Apps: Melody makers

This week's roundup includes two new music-oriented apps—one for making, one for listening.

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A little app music

This week’s roundup includes two new music-oriented apps—one for making, one for listening. Read on!


Composer’s Sketchpad

We missed the $3 Composer’s Sketchpad when it first launched, so the latest update is a chance to correct that oversight. The app lets you jot down musical ideas with your finger—or Apple Pencil, if you have an iPad Pro—and hear them played back using 100 instruments and a percussion set. (Check out this trailer.) The update includes support for multitasking, portrait mode, and other bug fixes. 


Flyover Country

The thing about Flyover Country is that it’s not just for flights: You can also use it on road trips, hikes, and other excursions. How? It highlights the locations of major fossil finds, as well as other points of interest along your path.



Gifstory lets you create four-second “immersive animations,” with the aid of 12 filters to make them look even better. And when you’re done creating, share them with family and friends on your social networks.


Google Maps

Google Maps just updated to coordinate with ride-sharing services, letting you—depending on your country—compare pickup times and prices of Uber, 99Taxis, Ola Cabs, Hailo, MyTaxi and Gett. You can now also save your driving, walking, and bicycling route options.



MyPermissions lets you scan social networks to see what what data they have access to. You can see which permissions you use regularly and which you don’t, then enable the app to alert you when apps access your data—allowing you to authorize or revoke permission immediately.  



Shapr3D is “a quick but precise way to create 3D models for engineering, design, 3D prints, and more.” Use your Apple Pencil, and developers say the app works as a “state-of-the art modeler.” Even with just your trusty fingers, the app lets you “explore modeling work on the fly.” 



It seems like every few weeks, now, we see another streaming music app built with YouTube as its foundation. TubeLike is the latest entry in the increasingly crowded field. You can choose from millions of songs, make playlists, and do it all for free.


Others fo no

YouTube has added support for multitasking … Milkeddit (pictured) is a new, feature-rich Reddit reader for iOS … Shazam has upgraded with updated Apple Music integration.

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