The five best music apps of 2010

Categories: Music & Tech

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As 2010 has come to a close, we've seen plenty of changes on the music landscape, but nothing has been as strange and welcome as the increasingly awesome ability to create fully fleshed-out albums on your phone. This all came to a head when Gorillaz decided to release The Fall, an album recorded entirely on an iPad, on Christmas day. While a few of these apps are proprietary to the iPad (and some were used by Gorillaz), some work on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well. Click through for a rundown of some of our favorites.

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5. Funkbox Drum Machine (iPhone, iPad, $2.99)
Sometimes all you really want is a straightforward beat without a lot of fancy manipulation options. That's where Funkbox, ahem, beats everyone else by a wide margin. It's chock-full of simple beats, with drum sample sources ranging from an MRK-2 to the TR-808. The bonus comes from the fact that's it's perfectly capable of kicking great beats straight out of the box. But for those who want to dig in, a fully functional editor is there, as well. Plus it kind of looks like those weird old drum machines that used to come built into electric organs.

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4. Soundcloud (iPhone, Android, free)
Sure, the main purpose of Soundcloud on the iPhone is browsing, uploading and checking out new music. But it also has a record function for unbelievably easy file sharing that completely and totally blows everyone else out of the water. It seems utterly simple, but it's a great repository for people who have a lyric, a tune or a beat stuck in their head but don't have time to sit down and actually write the song. You can make a quick recording and check it out on your computer later.


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