Apple Retiring 'Music Memos' App, Encourages Users to Transition to Voice Memos

Apple is planning to retire its Music Memos app, which was first released in 2016 as an app designed to allow musicians and songwriters to capture song ideas on the fly. Since its launch, the app received few updates from Apple, and going forward, the app will receive no more updates.

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According to an Apple Support document, Music Memos will no longer be available for download after March 1, 2021, but the app will still be available for use and can be downloaded from the App Store purchase history.

Still, Apple says that users should export Music Memos recordings to the Voice Memos library to ensure that they're saved, and the company is encouraging people to use Voice Memos over Music memos.

Apple today updated Music Memos to version 1.0.7, adding a new feature that allows Music Memos recordings to be exported to the Voice Memos library. Apple says that Voice Memos can be used to quickly capture ideas, and recordings can be taken further with GarageBand.

Exporting Music Memos to Voice Memos requires an iPhone with iOS 14 or an iPad with iPadOS 14, along with the latest versions of Voice Memos and Music Memos. Exported content will appear in Voice Memos in a folder titled "Music Memos."

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Top Rated Comments

n0va Avatar
45 months ago
i can't be the only person who's never heard of music memos
Score: 46 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Awesome Avatar
45 months ago
This app had a lot of potential, and it would’ve been great if Apple had kept updating it.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aottke Avatar
45 months ago
I'm really sad about this. This app was GREAT for whenever I wanted to take a quick "music memo." It was the perfect Notes version for music when I had a little idea I wanted to record from the guitar without getting too crazy with other apps and having to save things a certain way, etc. Was easy to throw a super basic drum or bass line in automatically generated just to help with the feel slightly. I will miss this dearly. :-(
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Leftcaster Avatar
45 months ago
I use it at least three times week. I found it much more useful than Voice Memo for capturing ideas as a songwriter. I feel this is a poor decision on Apple's part.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
McG2k1 Avatar
45 months ago
TIL there is a music memos app.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
edgonzalez32 Avatar
45 months ago
I really like this app a lot. Shame it's going away. Perfect notes equivalent to something music-related.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)