ClassicTunes: Classical Music, Modern Media, Stellar Sound

Price: $1.99

ClassicTunes: iPhone App Written Review

ClassicTunes for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you like classical music? Do you happen to own an iPhone or iPod Touch that you’ve been just itching to load with every kind of classical composer, song, and concerto you love dearly? If so, then pony up, Maestro: ClassicTunes, by developer Twowaynco, is just the app you’ve been waiting. For only two dollars spent in the App Store you can enjoy 94 select performances of some of the greatest classics ever created by man. Best of all, these wonders and gems are entirely stored on your iPhone with no need to worry about expensive data usage. All in all, it’s quite a leather-book bundle, and for our full thoughts on this bargain iOS application, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Functionality

The idea behind ClassicTunes is relatively simple: To provide you, the user, with as many classical pieces as possible, as well as much rich information about the song and composer as can be found. On both fronts, the app does pretty darn well, delivering an entirely tasteful selection of tunes, as well as a mountain of educational value. The app starts the user with a long list of the 94 included tracks, allowing the purchaser to sort through them based on such handy criteria as composer, genre, and musician. All in all, we had no problem finding the tracks we were after. Once located, a song is tapped to begin play, launching a digital analogy of an analog turn table that spins as the song plays. The performances themselves are hand-picked as stellar examples of the original material, so you can rest assure that both the audio quality and presentation are top-notch. Songs can even be play-listed for continuous, classical enjoyment. If you’d like to know a bit more about the composer or the song, simply tap the handle along the top of the page or the toggle at the bottom right. The app then trolls through the Internet finding anything you ever wanted to know about the song, and then some.

Design and Controls

ClassicTunes for iPhone

ClassicTunes for iPhone

As much as we loved the functionality of the application, we did have a few complaints with ClassicTunes’ design. For starters, we weren’t tremendous fans of the apps pricing scheme. The first volume of ClassicTunes costs $1.99 with another two available for purchase via in the App Store. We would have liked to see these integrated via in-app purchase, with even single songs or composers available for download. On that note, the app is also quite hefty, and requires an extensive download on the front-end before it can be used. The benefit here, though, is that ClassicTunes can be used with no data required: A boon for those plan-conscious users.

Overall Value

All in all, ClassicTunes is a tremendous value for the dedicated classical music buff. For two dollars, you can enjoy a stellar interface, 94 incredible tracks, and a stunning amount of information. If that sounds like a good night out to you, then by all means: Give ClassicTunes the test-drive it deserves.

ClassicTunes for iPhoneClassicTunes requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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