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iReal Pro app review: an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels 2021



Sometimes learning a new song or a particular musical phrase can be a real pain in the butt, but with this iPhone and iPad song learning app at your disposal you should have very little trouble mastering more songs with more fluidity than you ever thought possible.

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As a guitarist who usually learns more complex pieces using an old application called Powertab, I can definitely appreciate how limiting certain approaches can be, especially when we’re talking about something that sounds like 16-bit MIDI.

I’m thoroughly impressed by this top musicians app for iPhone and iPad, and it actually has me pretty excited because I really like the way you can loop specific phrases of a song to really drill down into them and practice, practice, practice until you get it spot on.

This iPhone musicians app offers an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art. The app simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice.  Learn songs using this app easier than ever before.

Recent updates to this app have made it even more practical and easy to use. Developers have catered to some of the features for iPad including fixing the song layout, stretching songs in full screen, and colorizing symbol keys to distinguish them with chord entry keys. An improved editor was a major focus as well.

For more details on this musicians app, keep reading our iReal Pro app review. Also, when finished, check out our best musician apps list for more options.

iReal Pro


Learn Songs the iReal Way

iReal Pro - MusicBook & PlayAlong has been designed to provide musicians with a powerful tool for learning new pieces of music with more easy and efficacy than ever before. Whether you’re a guitarist, pianist, or drummer, you’re sure to find this app very useful indeed.

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There are more than 30 accompaniment styles to choose from, with thousands of songs that you can import from the iReal forums within a minute or two. You can also create your own songs and listen to them in high-quality audio.

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

In addition to helping you learn songs, you’ll also be glad to know that there are 50 different exercises for practicing common chord progressions, and chord charts can be transposed into any key you want, depending on what best suits your instrument.

My favorite feature of this app is that which allows you to loop a particular section of a chart so that you can focus on it before moving on with the rest of the piece.

I’ve had a terrible habit in the past of learning songs but glossing over certain phrases or sections that I wasn’t entirely comfortable with, so I think that this is a great tool that should help you guys from developing bad habits like I have!

You can learn songs using this app and share individual charts or whole playlists with other iReal Pro users via email and the forums. With this app to learn songs with you also can export audio as WAV, AAC and MIDI.

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iReal Pro


Pros and Cons


  • An easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art
  • Export thousands of songs very easily from the iReal forums
  • Includes 50 exercises for practicing common chord progressions
  • Loop a selection of measures of a chart for focused practicing
  • Features Eb, Bb, F and G transposition for horn players
  • Export audio in WAV, AAC, and MIDI file formats
  • Export charts in JPEG, PDF, and MusicXML file formats
  • Enjoy full support for AirTurn™ and other Bluetooth page turners
  • Enjoy full support for iRig™, AmpliTube™, and other guitar connection kits
  • Full support for AudioCopy and AudioPaste


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

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Final Words

iReal Pro - MusicBook & PlayAlong is a true asset to any musician, and well worth downloading onto your iPhone and iPad.

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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.