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Listed in the top 500 apps of all times by the Sunday Times (6 February 2012)

Listed in the top twenty cultural apps for iPhone by the Sunday Times (28 March 2010).

Winner of the best overall invention 2010 in the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Tunepal was in the top 25 grossing apps on the app store (17-18 July 2010).

The essential tool for all musicians playing traditional Irish, Scots, Welsh and Breton music!

Ever sat in a trad session and wondered what was the name of that great tune someone just played? Well now you can search a database of over 22,000 tunes from your iPhone/iPod BY PLAYING!

Hold your device up to a melody instrument such as the tin-whistle, flute, concertina, uilleann pipes, accordion or banjo, hit record and the melody will be extracted and submitted to the tunepal.org search engine for matching.

Matching tunes are downloaded to your device, where you can view and edit the notation or the stave, email the tune, post it to facebook or play it back using the high quality playback engine based on ABC2MIDI and FMOD.

What's New

Version 2.6

Fixed tune playback volume bug

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings

Great tool for ITM players


Tunepal is a must have app for me as I know over 600 tunes but have difficulty remembering tune names.

It’s not perfect, but when a tune is played well and precisely it’s uncanny in how well it works.



This is the first app I bought as soon as I got my iPhone. I'd been using the online version of TunePal, and am super-thrilled to have it on my phone now. If you've ever found yourself with an unidentified traditional Irish tune on your hands, this handy app could save you untold aggravation.

Does it work? Yes, and uncannily well. I've tested it on a few tunes and its accuracy so far has been 100%, for both well-known and more obscure tunes. You can play at any tempo, put in variations, even make a few mistakes. I don't know what's more impressive; that this app manages to extract the melody, or that it manages to find a match, even if the database version is quite different. Not only does it work for solo instruments (I tried it on flute), but I've also seen it work quite well in a noisy pub, with several musicians playing their own versions and variations at once.

I agree with caoimghgin's review: Killer. App.

Works great for me


I bought an Ipod touch, to do a little surfing, and to try out some apps. This is the first $ for money app I bought, and I LOVE it. I have had many revelations, as I know a lot of tunes that are "Gan Ainm" around here, and it's hard to get "sets" worked out and get my friends to play them, when they don't know the names, or what key I am in. I am lazy about figuring what key something is in because I play the fiddle, and all the notes are at my disposal all the time. Now I've started making note cards with my favorite sets, with the keys on them, and I can shuffle them like a deck incase someone wants to nag me for a set list. It feels really great when my ipod not only names a tune, but can play back to me, a tune that I wasn't sure was even real for years. It really feels like a "Pal" for a second.

I have the Gen 4 Ipod and only use a wi-fi here at the house in Alaska. Works fabulously.


Bryan Duggan
11.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Bryan Duggan


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