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Top 10 Android Apps For Musicians

The following blog does not reflect the opinions of Live2PlayNetwork’s management (primarily because they’re all Apple fanboys)

Android.  It is now the most commonly used mobile OS, and is far superior to the competition in all but a few areas.  One of the biggest setbacks to Android is the lack of apps for mobile musicians.  IOS on the other hand has a plethora of options by companies like IK Multimedia (Amplitube, VocaLive, SampleTank, and like 10 others), Peavey (AmpKit), Line6 (Mobile POD), and Apple (Garageband mobile). Until recently, Android had pretty much nothing.

The reason for Android’s lack of applications has primarily been a consequence of hardware companies building underpowered low quality devices, much like the cheap PC’s of the 90’s that cause Microsoft so many headaches. Up until a year ago, it was hard for developers to know what the “standard” for Android was, but with the success of Google-proper devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, as well as similar quality devices from Samsung and HTC, developers now have a baseline to design from. Consequently, great mobile-musician apps have started to appear in the Play Store, and more are surely to come.

Over the next 10 days, I will be releasing a daily review of my favorite music apps for Android, so stay tuned and prepare for some Android-awesomness!

—”Guitar Guy” Tim

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“Guitar Guy” Tim happens to be Live2PlayNetwork’s resident Google fanboy, and he loves to hassle all of the IOS users.  This article was typed on a Chromebook in Google Drive, his phone is a Nexus 4, and he’s dying to replace his Kindle Fire with a Nexus 7.2

About the author

Tim Hemingway

I want to be a rockstar when I grow up, at least that is what I have been putting down as my career goal ever since I was first introduced to the Beatles at 11 or 12 years old. Shortly after my introduction to the Fab Four, I picked up an old classical guitar and started learning every Beatles song I could. It was right around that time that the nickname "GuitarGuy" Tim originated. While I don't remember the exact origin, it was basically how kids at school differentiated me from the other 4 or 5 Tims in our class. Starting in Jr. High, with an arsenal of Weezer and Green Day covers, my friends and I began "performing". Over the next 10 years I played guitar or bass in various alternative, punk and acoustic bands. Somewhere mid-way through college I realized that although I had the desire to be a rockstar, maybe I didn't have the songwriting abilities, so I moved my passion for music behind the console. I then spent several years working in a studio by day, and at night running everything from local concerts to community musicals. Without all of the boring details, my studio work eventually led me into advertising and marketing which is what I now do during the day. But when I come home at night, I still pull out my guitar and put on concerts for my kiddos (I’m raising up the next generation of Guitar Gods). I met up with the Rev while I was in grad school and was working on my thesis: Turn it up to Eleven: A Study of Guitar Hero and Rockband gamers. Why they play and how marketers can use this information. Yes, it is true. I have several academic publications about Guitar Hero. At that time in my life I had decided to pursue a career in marketing within the music industry, but the Rev had a better idea. He gave me a shot at reviewing gear, and ever since then I have been a regular here as part of the Live2playNetwork dysfunctional-family. When it comes to music, I'm a jack of all trades. While I'm not an expert at anything, in a pinch I can play guitar, bass, drums, sing, or I can mic up the drum kit, edit in Pro Tools, or solder up a new patch cable.

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