App Information

iTunes

Developer: EMI Records

Version: 1.1.2

iOS Version: 5.0+

Size: 10.5MB

Rating: 4+

Retina Display: No

Price: Free

Price: Free

iPad

Blue Note by Groovebug Review

Blue Note by Groovebug Review

An iOS library for lovers of jazz music

iTunes is a fantastic resource for music of all genres. However, if you’re looking for something with a bit more depth, based around one specific genre, you’re often better off visiting the App Store. Blue Note by Groovebug is a perfect example of this.

Based on the American jazz label established in 1939, it offers a wealth of content for musos to enjoy. Once logged in, you’re welcomed by a main interface displaying featured artists, albums, and playlists. Visually the app is appealing, making it easy to navigate and access content. From the main screen you can browse through featured artists and select an album to listen to. You can only hear 30-second snippets, but for £1.49/$1.99 a month, you can enjoy the full track.

Far from just a music player, the app has a wealth of extra content. Select one of the musicians, and from the Bio section you’ll be able to read all about their beginnings, who they played with, and more. There’s even a News tab for old newspaper articles for stories related to the artist. On top of that, you can watch a range of videos, including live performances, and the app will suggest similar artists you may like. And the best part is that you can do all this while listening to an album in the background. What’s more, with the music controls locked to the bottom-left corner of the screen, you can play, pause and skip no matter what screen you’re on.

Other features on offer are playlists, an image gallery, a search function, and even AirPlay mirroring. Ideally we’d like more artists and tracks available, but we expect more to be added with future updates. For any fan of jazz though, this is a real gem.

Rated 4 out of 5

great app for jazz lovers, which will be worthy of five stars once more content is added.

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