iPhone App Review: Songnote™

iPhone App Review: Songnote™

June 8th, 2012 by

The best ideas for iPhone apps are often the simplest, and the new Songnote app from the Darling Group fits that bill perfectly. Share a song and a note with someone you know via email, or post it to Facebook and the world share in your song & note memories. It’s a super-simple concept that does one thing and does it well.

How It Works

When you launch Songnote it brings you to the main screen (only screen?), where the current song playing in your device’s iPod app is shown. You also have the option of changing the song. Before you send it off you can add a somewhat personalized note (that always has to be cued by “Reminds me of…”). The resulting post or email includes your message, a link to the app (naturally) as well as an iTunes link to the song you shared. If the app can’t find your intended song on iTunes you are prompted to enter the details manually (title, artist, album). Those without iOS devices who read the email are linked to the iTunes Preview page in their device’s browser.

Pros And Cons

Well it has one job and it does that job well: it shares a song link and a message about that song with someone, or everyone in the case of Facebook. If you have an iPhone or receive the email on a desktop computer, you get to play an iTunes preview of the song from the resulting link, but Android and other phone users are left with just a look at the iTunes Preview website and reading the song information.

The only real issue I had with the app is that the personal message you include is always preceded by “I was listening to <song title> by <artist name> and it reminded me of…”. Maybe a little more customization of the message would be great. Maybe the song doesn’t remind me of something, maybe it causes me to wonder something, or makes me happy, or makes me sad? Maybe stop after the artist name and we can fill in the rest?


Songnote is a fun little app that lets you share a song and a message with someone you care about (or maybe someone you don’t). It’s simple, fast, and fun to use, especially if you like sharing music with your friends and followers.

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