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Written by Whitney Denney   
Friday, 21 October 2011

LDS Music 1.0 for iOS, released in October 2011, is available for free download in Apple’s App Store.

LDS Music contains the content of the LDS Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook, with each song presented in two views: the sheet music or simply the text of the verses. The songs are listed by number as well as alphabetically, by topic, by author, and by composer.

LDS Music app screens

Authors and composers are listed by first or last name. There is a search option that covers not just song titles but also each song’s content. The application also plays instrumental music for each song, which is especially useful when there is no pianist around.

Future Plans

The purpose of this application is to expand the availability of Church music rather than just having it on the web. Hilton Campbell, a senior engineer on the project, says that the goal of this application is to provide members with access to Church music at church, at home, on the commute, or wherever they may be.

Hilton explained that the LDS Music app is just getting started, and this first version is only the basics of what the team would like to do. Future plans for the application include adding music from Seminary video soundtracks and Young Women camp songs, incorporating new features like playlists and audio controls, and making this application available in several languages, starting with Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Assistance Needed

For the app’s language requirements, the team needs help from the community. “The real need is to get the words for the music,” says Hilton. The team has PDF versions of the songs in Spanish, French, and Portuguese and needs community members to transfer the words to text files. The work does not require high technical skill, it just takes time, and yet it has great capacity to affect the lives of saints globally.

If you’re interested in participating in this project, join the project on LDSTech by signing to the site, click Projects in the top navigation bar, click the LDS Music for iPhone/iPad project, and then click Join.



# Spencer 2011-10-21 13:07
Looks great! Looking forward to the Android version. And maybe for webOS, too? Thanks!
# Hilton 2011-10-21 15:01
This app should definitely be on all platforms. I'm not aware of any concrete plans at this time, but with enough interest and community volunteers I can totally see this happening.
# Kim Siever 2011-10-21 14:37
Wish I could use it. Unfortunately, it requires iOS 4.0, and my iPod Touch isn’t compatible with iOS 4.
# sudmex 2011-10-24 06:03
Wow. Looking forward to the Spanish version.
# Scott Bradshaw 2011-10-24 10:48
Great job! Looks awesome on the iPad. Looking forward to seeing additional features added. Would be great if you could add ability to download and cache all accompaniment at once instead of just one song at a time. Would make it easier to take on road when wi-fi isn't available.
# Mike Ball 2011-10-26 15:33
This app is great! Thank you so much. We use it all the time now for Family Home Evening. My wife also uses this app on her iPhone in the nursery.

I love the idea of adding the seminary soundtracks and other songs. Playlists will also be a very nice feature.

Keep it up!
# Bryan Beckman 2011-10-27 10:38
A very nice start. One request: please update the iPad version to display an entire page of sheet music on the screen without scrolling. In the current version, only three stanzas appear on the screen at a time. Zoom controls would really help.
# Reed Packer 2011-11-09 08:34
Looks like a very nice app. Thanks. Being able to see the entire page of sheet music all at once is also an important feature to me. Imagine trying to trying to accompany using this on an iPad. Scrolling around just won't work. To get this to work well you will need to crop the margins of the PDF a little. The GoodReader app has this feature and I use it to crop the PDF version of the ensign so that it is very usable.
# Diane 2011-10-27 20:51
Is there a timeline for when this will be available for android? I have an android tablet running honeycomb. Thanks!
# Benjamin Van Wagoner 2011-11-06 13:56
I would love to have this for android.
# Mike Ball 2011-11-06 16:18
This app is great. I just used it today in Stake conference. We were watching the video feed in the Relief Society room, which was pretty dark. It worked perfectly to read the music off my iPad screen. It would have been almost too dark to read from a normal hymn book. :)

One idea. This isn't a huge priority, but it would be very cool for the app to be able to play individual parts for hymns. So, if I want to practice the tenor part for a specif hymn, I can have it just play the tenor notes. That would be incredible!
# Tyler H 2011-11-08 14:44
Is something like this (with the sheet music) available for the Kindle 3G?
# Carl H 2011-11-08 22:19
Got an update notification today for this app. Unfortunately, the updated version closed immediately after selecting a hymn (first time), then closed immediately on being opened. I have tried deleting and re-downloading, but with the same result. Anyone else experiencing this problem?
# Michele D 2011-11-09 06:19
I just downloaded the app and it won't open at all.
# Hilton 2011-11-09 09:35
Sorry about the crashing problem. The issue should be fixed now, but if you experienced the problem you'll need to delete the app and then install it again. We're taking measures to ensure that this does not happen again.
# Russell 2011-12-09 10:14
Still crashing on the "Loading for the first time" message, despite an uninstall and reinstall. Thanks.
# Russell 2011-12-09 10:17
Quoting Russell:
Still crashing on the "Loading for the first time" message, despite an uninstall and reinstall. Thanks.

This is on a 2nd Generation iPod Touch running 4.2.1
# Russell 2011-12-10 11:39
Multiple tries later, it finally made it all the way through the process. Thanks again for the product.
# Adam E 2011-12-14 11:15
I'd love to see this on the android as well. Looks like a wonderful app.
# Rose Abraham Nelson 2011-12-23 04:36
I hope this doesn't sound rude. But trying to talk to all about apps isn't very easy.
I was wondering there was a plan in place to be able to listen to music or conference talks in the background while doing other things on the mobile device?
# Mike Ball 2011-12-23 09:35
I don't know about the Android version, but the iPhone/iPad version of the Mormon Channel app is great. You can listen to music, conference talks, scriptures, magazines, and more. It works great with multi-tasking, so you can just have it playing in the background while you do other stuff with your device.

The only downside to the Mormon Channel app is it streams all the content while you listen. This is perfect if you're on a wi-fi connection, but can get expensive if you're using cellular data.

If you want to listen to music / conference talks when you're not on wi-fi I highly recommend you download the Podcasts. They will also play in the background.
General Conference Podcast

Seminary Music

# William George Dunbar 2012-01-22 01:59

I got an update 'flash' on my iPod for the LDS Music App so downloaded it. It now allows a search to be made by hymn number and title.

However, it deleted all the hymn music I had downloaded. Oops! Something the software writers need to look at....
# Gary Sherwood 2012-01-30 13:58
I would be great to have the ability to transpose the music so that we can lower the playback for priesthood men.
# Terrie Herbette 2012-03-20 17:22
Will there be a similar app for the android
# Brett Hiltbrand 2012-04-22 11:30
When will the android version be released? For gingerbread, honeycomb, and ice cream sandwich.
# Jonna Pantelis 2012-05-16 18:43
I agree, I'd love to see an android version. I have an ipad and only keep it for this app and use my android tablet for everything else.
# Timothy Gelter 2012-07-29 13:40
Another vote for an Android version. There are a couple of similar apps for Android on the market but a solid release from the church (with all the appropriate license etc. ) would be fantastic!
# Janet Leavens 2012-10-17 05:08
How do I keep it from shutting off when the screen saver kicks in? I have to stand right next to it and keep touching the screen so it doesn't stop.
# Mike Ball 2012-10-17 08:12
Quoting Janet Leavens:
How do I keep it from shutting off when the screen saver kicks in? I have to stand right next to it and keep touching the screen so it doesn't stop.

Go to Settings -> General -> Auto-Lock

You can choose how many minutes the screen should stay on, or choose Never if you only want it to turn off when you lock it.
# Matt shirts 2012-11-19 09:22
Hello, downloaded this app today and it automagically downloaded the audio. I disabled the offline ability for English (and all other languages) but the app is still reporting ~250mb of files and storage. How do I delete the audio?
# Kim Siever 2013-04-21 10:05
Will there be an option in the future to be able to install hymn 342?
# Dan Peay 2014-07-01 15:13
Please add a Search by Title option. Type "Redeem" looking for Redeemer of Israel. It is several pages down. Type: "King" (Rejoice the Lord is King)That one is 7 of 20+ pages down.
# Bonnie Whitley 2015-01-08 10:30
Problem with TOPICS music app. version 1.7.0
brings up list from Children's songbook ONLY, does not show the Hymns topic list. This happens on both my iphone IOS 7.1.2 AND new ipad IOS 8.1
I tried deleting both and reinstalling, Topics list for Hymns still does not work. Love the APP

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