iPhone & iPad music apps that continue to play in the background (multitasking)

These apps will continue to play via the background (multitasking) when you press the home button on your device and leave the app.

Note: More background audio apps can be found in the Virtual MIDI app list.

List last updated: 2/19/2013

  1. BassLine
  2. MoDrum
  3. BeatMaker 2
  4. Everyday Looper
  5. Mixtikl
  6. m16
  7. iTablaPro
  8. Bloom
  9. ThumbJam
  10. Molten Drum Machine
  11. Twisted Wave
  12. DXi FM synthesizer
  13. ARGON – Synth
  14. SunVox
  15. Droneo
  16. Sample Lab
  17. iMultiRecorder
  18. Reforge
  19. Audioforge
  20. Reverb
  21. MidiBridge
  22. Rhythm Studio
  23. iVoxel
  24. Stochastik Drum Machine
  25. Little MIDI Machine
  26. Crystal Synth XT
  27. GlitchBreaks
  28. MultiTrack DAW
  29. CASSINI Synth for iPhone
  30. brother
  31. DM1 for iPhone
  32. Animoog
  33. Sunrizer synth
  34. SunrizerXS synth for iPhone
  35. Ricepad
  36. BitWiz Audio Synth
  37. SP909
  38. GarageBand
  39. DXi FM synthesizer
  40. djay and djay for iPhone – You can also control djay via multitasking controls
  41. Electronic Piano Synthesizer XS
  42. Electronic Piano Synthesizer
  43. Beat-Machine
  44. Music Studio
  45. ReBirth for iPad
  46. AmpKit+
  47. JamUp Pro XT
  48. Loopseque for iPad
  49. Figure
  50. New! Guitar Pro

Let me know if there are any more apps you know about that continue to play in the background by commenting below!


26 comments

  1. loopstationzebra says:

    HUGE props to Peter over at One Red Dog for completely fixing the MIDI in his great Molten app, AND adding multitask support.

    It now syncs perfectly with MoDrum and BassLine and Funkbox.

    Who will be next?

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  2. swalker133 says:

    Thanks for sharing! I'll put up a post

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  3. Jens says:

    You can add Droneo to the list.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Sample Lab can be added to the list

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  5. NightRadio says:

    SunVox

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  6. Anonymous says:

    imultirecorder description says it can record and play in background with any of the four tracks able to record or play.

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  7. Tibor says:

    Equalizer
    Reforge
    Audioforge
    Reverb

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  8. Neilos says:

    NLOG doesn't play in background at the moment actually mate ;)

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  9. swalker133 says:

    @ Neilos

    K, i took it off, thanks..

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  10. Martin says:

    funkbox also plays in the background

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  11. hamm'n'eggs says:

    the great animoog! has so much great sounds and plays in the background.

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  12. Anorton says:

    MultiTrack DAW plays in the background too. Real time saver when using another app for tracking!

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  13. marlow77 says:

    Ricepad is awesome and continues to play in the background if set in the settings section.

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  14. vogliadicane says:

    Sunrizer is missing in the list :)

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  15. Mike says:

    IRealB will also play in the background.

    You should also post a list of which music apps will allow other music apps to play in the background.

    For instance, I can have IRealB play an accompaniment in the background, and jam over it with Thumbjam. However, if I start Music Studio Lite while IrealB is playing, the music of the latter stops.

    For background music playing to work, foreground apps have to accept it. Which do, and which do not?

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  16. Sean Kormilo says:

    Anytune Pro HQ can play audio in the background. Slow down music, choose the perfect pitch and learn to play by ear. Would appreciate a listing!

    http://www.anytune.us
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anytune-pro-hq-slow-down-your/id478293637?mt=8

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  17. hymnotix says:

    yesssss… Garage Band for iOS 1.3 update came out 20sep. It now plays in the background.

    You have to ask it to play nice with other music apps. Go to settings and select “Run in Background”. Also turn on “Use with Music Apps.”

    Here’s a sample ambient piece with several Animoog layers and some GB percussion hits.

    http://soundcloud.com/hymnotix/sketch-of-the-ancient

    maybe nobody cares, but for a low budget iOS guy (who can’t afford a real iOS DAW) THIS IS EPIC :)

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  18. Sean says:

    Beat-Machine added!

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  19. David Khan says:

    iGrand Piano by IKM plays in the background

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  20. David Khan says:

    Oh I forgot so does SampleTank by IKM also does background audio

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  21. Sean says:

    figure added

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    Je suis jeune de trente-neuf berges .
    Mon boulot: assistante maternelle . On dit parfois que je semble cool.

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  23. Voyage says:

    Je m’appelle Trinette.
    J’ai 38 ans : je ne fait pas de retenue là dessus !

    je suis actuellement des études de développeuse .
    il semble que je suis geignarde.

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