Friday, July 12, 2013

Time to organize my music library and I found an app!

I've been searching for an app to help categorize my music library for my iphone or ipad.  I stumbled across BookBuddy!  It's going to take me a long time to input my entire music library, but I think it will be worth it.  Some of the features that impressed me were:

  • Lending Tracker:  Having an effective way to track the music I lend out to my students.
  • Categories:  I can categorize my library into subjects (method books, theory, technic, concertos, duets, etc.) and then do a search within those topics. Usually by the end the month my music cabinet is a mess from taking things out and not putting them back in the correct spot.  
  • Scanning: You can scan your materials (using the camera) or manually input the information into the app.  You can also take a picture of the cover.  Being able to scan the barcode helps the process of inputing your music books into the app because it automatically uploads all the information (picture, title, publisher, etc.). 

At first I was disappointed that BookBuddy is only for iphone and not ipad, but having it on my phone will be convenient especially when I'm shopping.  I often forget if I have a certain book at home.  With my phone always within reach, I can look up my music library to see what I need. I hope I'm not the only one who buys new music books and then realizes later that I have a copy at home (or two!).

Here are a couple screen shots of my library so far:


This poor blog hasn't been getting much attention ... but after I fell in love with this app, I decided to share in case anyone out there is reading this.  :)

Do you have an app to help you organize your music library?


Jennifer said...

How's the scanning? Pretty accurate? I have a couple similar apps I've looked at but heard the scanning for music wasn't great. Curious...

Shauna Leavitt said...

Hi Jennifer. Sorry for the delay! Actually, the scanning isn't that great - but it has an option to search online and I can find my books about 70% of the time. It's really a lot of manual input I'm afraid.