Even though I’m in Canada, and therefore won’t have access to the iPhone, that does not keep me from pondering the possible use of this new device for songwriting. As mentioned in a previous post, I use my 3G iPod to record song ideas before they disappear into thin air. Obviously, I’ll be trying to do the same thing with the iPhone.
One thing I find interesting is that many songwriters already use their cell phone’s voice mail to record impromptu ideas. Since they already carry a cell phone anyway, it’s like having a cheap low-fi pocket recorder available all time. But what if that phone had a large screen and a virtual keyboard? What more could you do with it?
Here’s a short list off the top of my head:
- A graphical chromatic tuner.
- A guitar and keyboard chord dictionary.
- A rhyme dictionary.
- An audio recorder.
- A gig management tool with spreadsheet and Google-Map locator.
- Aportable web-based song collaboration tool.
It may seem silly to use a 600$ device to replace a 60$ voice recorder, but the ability to perform much more advanced tasks is really inspiring.
I’m telling you, if the iPhone is not here in Canada by the end of the year, I’m leaving the land of free healthcare, heavenly maple syrup and mandatory Leonard Cohen listening for the big US of A.