Apple shutting down Music Memos app, directing users to Voice Memos

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Music Memos (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple is retiring the Music Memos app.
  • It is encouraging users to transfer their recordings to the Voice Memos app.

Apple has announced that it will be shutting down the Music Memos app and is encouraging those who have used the app to transfer their recordings to the Voice Memos app.

In a new Apple Support document, Apple points to the Voice Memos app as the new place to capture music ideas with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch. The company also notes that those recordings will be able to be imported into Garageband, the company's free music creation software.

Use Voice Memos to quickly capture your ideas on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch. And with GarageBand, you can take your recordings even further with powerful music creation tools.

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Music Memos icon (Image credit: Apple)

Because of this, Apple has announced that the Music Memos app will not be updated after version 1.0.7 and that it will no longer be available to download after March 1, 2021.

The Music Memos app won't be updated after Music Memos version 1.0.7, and you won't be able to download it after March 1, 2021. If you have an iPhone with iOS 14 or an iPad with iPadOS 14, you can continue to use Music Memos. And if you've previously downloaded the app, you can still access it from your App Store purchase history. But you should export your Music Memos recordings to your Voice Memos library to make sure you keep all of your recordings.

Apple has also provided instructions on how to export Music Memos to Voice Memos, how to record with Voice Memos, and how to import your Voice Memos into Garageband. You can find all of these instructions on the Apple Support website.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.