The Well-Tempered Ear

What are the best classical music apps for smart phones and other mobile devices? | July 31, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

Sunday always seems to me to be a great day for cleaning up and doing chores – including answering and clearing out e-mail, and finding and installing new apps or music selections on my iPod (below). You know, doing digital tasks and electronic housekeeping.

In that spirit, I thought you might like to see what one tech writer for The New York Times recommends as the best classical apps to install on your iPhone or other brand of smart phone. (Some will also work on the iPod Touch as well the iPad and similar devices.)

Mind you, these are NOT the best classical music blogs to subscribe too. Periodically, I also recommend some of those and link to other writers who do the same. And I will have more to add in the future.

But try out some of these apps and let us know what you think.

Do you have other classical music apps to recommend?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music


  1. There’s a free iPad app called WorldVenues ( that lets users travel to concert halls and opera houses around the world. The same company also made an iPhone app called Soundsnips (, which teaches listeners how to listen to classical music by displaying “snips” of facts as the song plays.

    Comment by Carly — December 13, 2012 @ 11:11 am

  2. I bought it for .99, but I think it is up to 3 or 4 bucks now. I just used it in March to study Mahler 2. Very helpful as I don’t speak or read German well.

    Comment by Steve Richards — April 11, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  3. An app called Mahler Translations has been a godsend for my Mahler score study!

    Comment by Steve Richards — March 5, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    • Hi Steve,
      Thank you for reading and replying in such detail
      It sound alike a terrific app.
      It should help many readers, amateurs and professionals.
      Is it free? Or if it costs, do you remember how much?

      Comment by welltemperedear — March 5, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

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