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Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music?

Apple's Garage Band for the iPad and iPhone includes virtual instruments, such as piano and drums, you can play like the real thing.
Apple's Garage Band for the iPad and iPhone includes virtual instruments, such as piano and drums, you can play like the real thing.

The answer to this week's question depends on how much you know about playing music and what you want to make or record. With some apps you don't need to know a single thing about reading music notation or playing an instrument. Other apps have a learning curve beyond comprehension.

All Songs Considered co-host Bob Boilen and I, who both make music in addition to listening to it, have taken a lot of these music-making apps out for test drives and have narrowed our favorites down to the three we think best capture the best of all worlds.

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