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Music junkie? Here are 22 of our favorite apps for consuming and creating tunes

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The best apps for creating music

GarageBand ($5)

Garageband App Screen

The mobile GarageBand isn’t so different than its desktop brethren. You can play and loop a variety of instruments, from cello and acoustic guitar to drums and synths, using your iPhone’s touchscreen display. You can even tweak the tempo, key, time signature, and chords in the process.

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Samsung Soundcamp (free)

Samsung App Screen

Samsung’s Soundcamp is described as both a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and a MIDI sequencer, making a great tool for the musician on the go. Not only that, but a number of third-party apps now support Soundcamp, so you can utilize them together in your music-making endeavors. The app is currently only available for Samsung devices, however.

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Musyc (free)

Musyc App Screen

Featuring a realistic physics engine and Jonas Eriksson’s attractive graphics, Musyc’s foundation is solely based on the shapes you draw and the way they interact while bouncing on the screen, along with two effects channels and a coupled track mixer that builds upon the app’s 88 instruments.

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DJ Studio 5 (free)

DJ Tools App Screen

Turntables that fit in your pocket are difficult to come by. With DJ Studio 5, you can mix, remix, scratch, loop, pitch, and record your music using two virtual turntables. Hell, you can even save and post the final mixes to SoundCloud or share them on Facebook when you’re finished.

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PocketBand Pro ($10)

PocketBand Pro App Screen

Equipped with an arsenal of mixing synths, drums, audio recordings, and samplers, PocketBand Pro lets you create high-quality tracks as a sequence of loops. Think of it as a stripped-down digital audio workstation, one with an emphasis on collaboration and penchant for spacey synthesizers.

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Ultimate Guitar Tabs ($3)

iPhone Ultimate

You don’t need to be able to read sheet music in order to play guitar. Ultimate Guitar tabs touts interactive lessons and a robust catalog of more 800,000 ukulele and guitar tabs, which allow you to view chord diagrams and the placement of various notes on the fretboard at a glance.

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forScore mini ($7)

Compers App Screen

Three-ring binders can get heavy. Fortunately, forScore mini is tailor made for stowing your sheet music on the go. The app also lets you edit and annotate your music, while providing you with options for tagging, sharing, and displaying your music alongside the accompanying audio track.

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Updated on April 15, 2016, by Christian de Looper: Added Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Samsung SoundCamp. Also removed older entries.

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