Music Memos App Reviews

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When is this getting updated? It doesn’t even fit the screen for the newer iPhones. It’s an app by Apple.

Not as good as it was

I loved this. It was easy to use but will no loner sinc with HomePod!!!!

Freezes every time I use it

If you name a song too quickly it will freeze the app and require m you to force close, losing your recording. Happens every time I use the app. Love the idea but very poorly made


I have been playing guitar and loving music for over 40 years. This application is incredible. It helps me get my Ideas down, which is great but more importantly being able to fine-tune the tracks and send them to garage band where it works seamlessly is truly like having a band in my pocket. If I had had this long ago I would’ve been a retired music superstar by now. :)

Lost all my songs on an upgrade

Lost all 15 songs had recorded on an upgrade but don’t know if it was iOS upgrade or music memo upgrade. Had been great for several years but lost it all. Learned my lesson use more reliable equipment not app. I was good for couple years.

Potential, but no.

Every time I open the app it doesn't register my first press of the record button. I wait and try to press again, then it does this glitchy press and then unrecord. Then I have to delete a 1 second clip. Also, I will do a PERFECT take of something just nailing it and then I name it and the app freezes. I can't do anything and I try to wait. I resort to having to close app and the song disappears. I don't even know why I trust it to keep coming back to this app. It's so buggy. I can't even listen to any of my old songs!!! There's no point in recording in this app. They all just say "updating" all the time. Even if it is updating to the cloud, why would you make the entire library inaccessible ? I also get a message popping up saying I don't have enough space on my phone so everything will be stored to the cloud. But I have like 90GB free on my phone and only 100 or less music memos. So they are 1GB a piece for 2 minutes of a acoustic guitar? No. By the way I'm on a brand new iPhone X. It's been having these problems for the last 6 updates of this app. Nothing has been fixed.

Doesn’t save often.

This app is frustrating a little bit, because the first time I opened it up I would hit record, play an idea, hit record again, and play some more to come back finding it didn’t save all the previous ones. Please fix this! Other than that it works great.

Great app that could use a few things

I use this app almost daily, easy to record and share, but hindered by the fact I have to leave the app open to listen back. I shouldn’t have to send it to Apple Music for me to listen with the screen off. Background audio would be a huge plus. Also maybe a way to trim multiple pieces at a time together without sending to garage band. Maybe add the ability record over a certain part. Eg. multitrack. If you could record 4 separate tracks this would be my go to. Otherwise use GarageBand/JamUp’s 8 track looper.

The music memos it’s a good application thank you Apple



This app is awesome!!! Works great just wish they would add a new feature to turn the bass n drum mix into a backing track so I can play along with it, then this app would be 5 stars ,for now 4 stars Or make it so I can export only the bass n drum mix into a separate track to be a backing track then I play along

Update for iPhone X?

Just started using this to share ideas quickly recording on the phone from my actual amp. Much easier than loading up the computer and recording into GarageBand. I hope this app is updated for the iPhone X format and not abandoned by Apple. A useful tool for sure! With the headphone jacks dropping off the iOS devices recording guitar into them with GarageBand and Apogee Jam is hard when you can’t use wired headphones, so, this app is better for quick recordings in iOS.


This is the worst app I’ve ever used in my life! it deleted all my memos that I recorded for years and when I was trying to synchronize with iCloud it stop doing it. My phone got stuck so when I close the app I realized that all my memories are gone. I recommend you do not download this app if you care about your musical ideas.

Does not work

This would be a fantastic app if it actually worked! No playback of recordings on iPhone 8+.

Get this if you’re a musician/ song writer

I love this app!! It’s easy to use, sound quality is great. Easy to record music on the go, a song idea in the car, or to use in the writing process. My friend recommended it to me and I love it so much, I suggest it to all of my musician friends.

What’s Wrong?

I love being able to add lyrics to the memo. But unfortunately my memos are constantly saying “updating” and I haven’t been able to access them for a week now. I’ve even deleted 2-3gb of pics/videos to clear up some space (based on the Apple discussion forum), and still no luck.

Slow, poor performance hinders great idea

This app could have been great if it weren’t so slow and stuttery. Takes a long time to load, even longer to access the list of recordings, or tap into a file for detailed editing. The glitchiness prevents it from being the tool it was intended to be—a great quick songpad for getting down ideas when inspiration strikes. One other feature request besides performance is to include a lyrics section/capability and better sync with Logic.



Really great Idea!

Can’t wait for more features and improvements :) I will support this app knowing it can only get better.


For the longest of times I’ve been using this app to record quick lil tunes that come to my head. I feel as though it’s a dope app but needs major work.. for instance i have songs saved on the app that I’ve been trying to access for some WEEKS now. I’ve signed onto WiFi, off WiFi, turned the phone off then on again🤷🏾‍♂️. Nothings working. All it says is “Updating” fix it Jesus🙄. Please help with this.

Easy and out of the way

Love this app! It’s simple and powerful. Has a tuner built in and allows easy track trimming if you don't nail your world-changing tune in one take. Essential imho as a songwriting capture tool.

Do not use this app.

I absolutely loved this app when it came out. I used it for every piano and guitar idea that popped into my mind. I had around 100 ideas on this thing and one day it stopped working entirely. It would load the start screen and freeze. After hours and hours of tech support no one was able to get any answers or any help retrieving my now lost song ideas. This app looks great and is genuinely a great idea, but it’s not worth the risk. Voice memos works absolutely fine and has never lost me any ideas. Beyond that, voice memos actually stores its files in your iTunes so if it were to mess up you’d have a backup. Even with iCloud turned on I have no way to get my song ideas back. It has absolutely earned 1 out of 5 stars. I will never use this app again.


I enjoy this app but it’s not allowing me to access my recordings all of the sudden. They say they are updating, but it’s been like that for days and I can’t listen back to them anymore.

Could Be Great

The ability to use an input (& sidechain with other apps) other than the built in mic would make this is wonderful tool for demos.

It doesn’t work

Every time I open the app it just keeps saying updating. I have a lot of music ideas stored and I can’t get to them which makes me really frustrated because this was my go-to app. I just want my songs! UPDATE IT PLEASE

Was Five Stars

Man, oh man, do I miss using this app. Music Memos was my on-the-go go-to. It was simple, easy, and reliable; it did exactly what it was supposed to do without missing a beat. The MM I originally downloaded was a hell of an app. For its perfect integration with iCloud across devices, for minimizing the home-screen-to-active-recording window, and for all the little things I never knew I needed (to name a few: a bpm detector, a largely accurate chord recognition, a surprisingly sophisticated drum/bass guitar backup track offered during playback)— for all these handy offerings, I added MM to a revered position on my home page alongside essential apps I use every day. And then- out of nowhere- it wasn’t useful at all. Not even a little bit. I don’t know what wrecking ball of an update could take a little gem of a utility and turn it into a crudely bastardized version of a revered and reputable original, but that’s exactly what happened when, one day, the app would lag, indefinitely, in that aforementioned space between opening an app and rolling a recording. Nine times out of ten, that’s as far as I can get. SOMETIMES it Will allow me to record something before it spontaneously crashes without saving the relevant recording. But mostly, all I see left is the shell of a once-great app. Too bad, really. I couldn’t justify keeping MM around to shamelessly disappoint me forever, so it quickly joined the ranks of many forgotten and neglected apps in a fourth-page folder— “Utilities—“ a moniker as generic and forgettable as the apps contained within it: functioning as some sort of digital purgatory for applications I neither want nor don’t want. I rarely write app reviews: only when I think it’s worth the time it takes to write them. Otherwise, I have no doubt I would waste away endless hours writing rants that no one will ever read. BUT, I write this review in hopes that someone in a position of power can redeem this app and return it to the glory of its salad days.

Era bom, mas nao funciona mais

Era bom, mas agora não grava e nem acessa as gravações.

Recordings stuck on updating

None of my recordings can be played, all of them are stuck syncing to the cloud

2 Years of Music Memos Gone

I had been using this app and loving it, until last week. I had made some silly songs last year with my nephew on vacation, and was looking forward to playing them for him on vacation this year. Sadly, most my recordings with him, along with dozens of song ideas and demos, are gone. They just disappeared. I contacted Apple Support, and their response is “you probably deleted them”. I DID NOT DELETE THEM. I DID recently upgrade my iCloud storage to 2TB. It’d be a shame that my reward for spending more money with Apple is to have them wipe my drive (luckily I’m not noticing anything else missing so far). The technical error with this app accidentally deleting my recordings is bad, but Apple Supports response is even more disheartening. I’ve always found Apple Support to be exemplary, but not in this case. The point of this app in conjunction with iCloud is that my files would be safe. Now, I’m proof that they are not. Don’t trust your creative ideas to this app. You may lose them.

One Star Despite Hundreds of Tumes

I echo the sentiments of the other reviewers who point out the complete lack of attention given to this genius idea. Apple, do you not have enough capital to update this? If you hold the patent on this technology, you should release it to another so they can help enhance the artistic world. Who knows, the next Superstition could be written just because some writer captures the riff on his phone. Instead, we have to interrupt the flow by the needless delays and crashes. I have hundreds of ideas captured on Music Memos back when it worked. You might as well just delete the app from the store. I gave it one star even though it could have 5. Songwriters need this tool. Please get it right! Respectfully submitted.

I like it but...

Good app. Had an idea, recorded it, and easily added some bass and drum tracks, but I wish I could record on top of what I originally recorded. I have more layers in my head. Minus one star because of that. But I still like it.

It works

Perfect when used as a literal memo “pad” for song ideas. Bugs must’ve been fixed b/c I haven’t experienced any of the issues from some posts. Running a 6th gen phone so maybe there's something to that. Anyway...5 stars - serves its purpose for sure

Please fix these bugs

Many reviewers have stated this so ill keep it extremely brief but... Soooo many pros, but sooo many bugs. Sad to see such a capable app be left to irritate every user that discovers it. if apple could just allocate a tiny fraction of its resources to fix these issues... ugh The creative process is far too futile to allow any gaps in focus. the incessant lags and freezes almost send me through the roof. pls

Promising but frustrating

Terrible BPM detection with no way to adjust to the correct tempo.

Always loses recordings

Not a bad app but if you edit the name of your recording or click around, some recordings may become unplayable, and you'll just have to delete them. It's pretty frustrating that this app can be so unreliable. But otherwise not bad.

Like Robert Downey Jr in his rough years

This app was once phenomenal, but has not been updated to be compatible with recent iOS versions, and for the last year or more has been almost unusably buggy. I stick with it because I don’t want to lose the hundreds of ideas I’ve saved using the app (which often vanish into the cloud & are [to my knowledge] impossible to retroactively store on the phone,,, very frustrating when I have no service [every day, because I work in the woods]). THAT SAID, the concept is great and I hope dearly that the developers will put some love into the app soon!


As a singer songwriter I love this app so much!!! Guys this is awesome!!! I hope they add more instruments and volume control for each one . But overall this is a dream come true!!

Unreliable/ never works

I’ve missed a ton of things because this app doesn’t work. You’ll press the record button and it will stop recording a few seconds later on it’s own. Just tried to use it and it didn’t work at all. Missed the entire thing I wanted to record.

No iPhone X Update?

Come on, Apple. This is your app and you haven’t updated it to make it work well with your new phone. It sorely needs an iPhone X UI update.

It’s as if someone at apple said

“Let’s make the one and only app a musician can wish for, but make it extremely buggy and unusable” There is so much potential. Why GarageBand can run full-length tracks with so many tracks in each project and run perfectly fine, but this app which only has to record / play one track at the time cant simply do it? It is a bummer, because the concept is good, and interface is okay, and the features are there. Just make it work. Please.

play all

super clean app easy, intuitive. ive been recording on iphones since my 3G and have more than 10 different apps, including multi-tracking apps and this is the easiest to use and most functional in its ability to share to various places. the one thing missing (from all of these types of apps..) is the ability to Play All... after a nite of recording 10-12 different ideas from :30 to 30:00, it'd be wonderful to just play them all, rather than one looping over and over - to be able to create a playlist would be even more over the top! and then export that playlist to the cloud as mp3! holy smokes...


I hope they continue to support this app because there's nothing else like it. A great way to get a musical idea down quickly before it's lost forever. It's like notepad but for music.

Great app! But..

Apple, you guys have done a great service to us musicians. Seriously, this is a great tool. I love the minimalistic design and the drum/bass accompaniment feature is great along with the other extra tools (setting the upbeat/downbeat, tempo, measure, etc). My only gripe is that the app is buggy. It's riddled with bugs. Playback bugs, interface bugs (it "updates" whatever you played back, even if no changes were made), freezes and crashes randomly. Apple, please fix this issues.

Not optimized for iPhone X

App developed by Apple and even optimized...

Untrustworthy and unreliable

I tried to use the cloud backup feature to backup my songs and it corrupted all the files. Thank god I had an iphone backup to restore my entire phone memory to or else every music idea I ever recorded would have been lost (over 100 recordings of various lengths!) Since that happened I’ve never used the app again. Simply unacceptable for a music memory app like this to have a simple bug that literally corrupts all your files. Whether or not this bug has been fixed, I don’t know and I don’t care because I will never trust this app again.


This app was amazing...until it stopped working. Now it is stuck on the opening screen and won’t do anything. I’m afraid I lost everything on here. Please fix ASAP.

Picking up wrong chords

This app is crap. It does not do a very good job at picking up the chords that I am playing on my guitar. The accompanying bass plays the wrong note because of the app not being able to clearly pick up the chords being played


would be nice if the sounds would load after being recorded

Great Idea not trustworthy

I’ve been recording song ideas with this app for months now, and have had my memos updating each time I open the app. Now they won’t update at all. I have about 30 song ideas I can’t access at all. Very unfortunate because the app has a lot of potential

Crashes all the time

This app crashes non-stop. I would say 75% of the time it does not actually work. You will open the app and then it will spontaneously close. Also, in the rare event it does stay open and record something, the file sizes are enormous. Expect a factor of 10 larger than the Voice Memos app. The only good thing is the easy iCloud integration.

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