Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Finally, Something the iPad is Good for

A couple of weeks ago, The Atlantic posted an article about the iPad's usefulness as a replacement for hard-copy sheet music,  and included this video of James Rhodes making a big deal of his decision to go electronic:

About a year ago, Gizmodo expressed similar sentiments, declaring that the iPad is "perfect" as a sheet-music reader. Over at the Technology in Music Education blog, there is a review of music readers for the iPad. 

The music readers for iPads go beyond the gimmickry of Smule apps, but I'm sure there's something disconcerting about relying on a computer in a performance setting. Paper music can blow off the stand, but if a tablet computer loses power, you're out of luck.