We live in a world where stressful situations are just around every corner. Any chance we have to get way from the stress in our lives, even for a brief few moments, is a welcome relief. New Age Piano is a piano app that can help us steal a few stress free moments in an otherwise hectic day. It achieves this by providing a great selection of soothing piano music. This is a free app, and it’s available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
New Age Piano sets out to provide you with some great musical selections for relieving stress, and it delivers. We’ve all been told at some point in our lives that music can have a great calming effect when the stress seems to be piling up. There are a lot of studies that support that notion, and the folks that created New Age Piano accept this theory whole heartedly. This app has a great catalogue of soothing music to choose from. As the name of the app suggests, the musical selections are all new age piano songs: they have that sort of back to nature feel to them. No heavy metal music here!
The other great thing about this app is that it gives a platform to some great musicians you might not otherwise have heard of. These are not household names, but they are consummate professionals. It’s refreshing to see because everyone needs a break. The app will require 288 MB of free space to download.
Using this app is really quite straightforward. Everything can be accessed from one main page. The heart of the app is of course the music and this is easily accessible from the main page by tapping on the music icon. There are more than 60 songs to choose from so you won’t be short of selections. They’re set up in a simple list format so all you have to do is scroll through the list and tap on your selection. I found playback to be smooth and seamless. There’s little lag, if any.
While the songs are the main part of this app, they aren’t the only thing going on here. This app also acts as a platform to promote its musicians, and it does it well. All of the other options are geared towards promotion. There’s a news icon which will take you to Twitter feeds from the artists that will update you on projects they’re working on, there’s a Facebook fan page, there’s a link to YouTube videos of the artists, there’s links to their websites, and there are biographies of the artists as well. They’ve pretty much got every angle covered here for promotion. It may seem a little like overkill, but it you can always choose to ignore these options and stick to the music. The only other real problem I found with this app was the banner ads at the top of the page, but they’re actually quite small and not too obtrusive.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.