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    Hi all
    I am looking for a free android music reader app. Just to store pdfs in alphabetical order and maybe some sets. Any suggestions?
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    If it's a free app to access and organise PDFs, any decent PDF reader will do the job. If you don't mind paying a little, I find Orpheus a good music organiser. It's simple but it does have facility to set up set lists. I like its simplicity. Mobile Sheets is another alternative but the free version is very limited and you really need to buy the pro version (the same is true of Orpheus, btw). It's more sophisticated than Orpheus and costs more but neither cost all that much. I got both but found I was going to Orpheus all the time as it works for me. It uses your filestore for organisation and lets you link to Dropbox. With Mobile sheets you import your files to the App.
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    This is my area of expertise in the field of music education. While the iPad has a number of good PDF music readers (which offer special tools for musicians, such as set lists, hotspots, and annotation), other platforms are limited. There is even one decent free app on iPad--although I wouldn't not use it with students.

    The best-in-class is a paid app, which Tootler already stated: Mobile Sheets. You could also try a web-based service such as Gustaf.

    Incidentally, if you buy a new Samsung Chromebook Pro, (some of) the new Chromebooks run Android, and there is a class of chromebook like the Samsung Chromebook Pro that flips and becomes a tablet. I know of one performer who is using Mobile Sheets on their Chromebook Pro, and they are pleased with it.

    I understand the desire for free apps, but I recently stumbled upon an old yet unopened Music Pad Pro, which came out a couple of years before the iPad. It was $899 and was only used for sheet music. It was a good device based on the original Windows tablets (5 pounds, 12'1" screen, 3" thick)...but then the iPad came out for hundreds less, and it could not only show sheet music, it could be used for hundreds of things. Then other companies followed quickly with Android tablets. At any rate, the paid versions of the apps are quite inexpensive in comparison, and buy buying, you allow developers to continue to develop--and often avoid pop-up ads and in-app purchases for every feature of the app (freemium model).

    There are a few people using Android tablets, including one person (perhaps it was Kohan Mike, if memory serves) that has a widescreen tablet where he reformat every song to fit that screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootler View Post
    If it's a free app to access and organise PDFs, any decent PDF reader will do the job. If you don't mind paying a little, I find Orpheus a good music organiser. It's simple but it does have facility to set up set lists. I like its simplicity. Mobile Sheets is another alternative but the free version is very limited and you really need to buy the pro version (the same is true of Orpheus, btw). It's more sophisticated than Orpheus and costs more but neither cost all that much. I got both but found I was going to Orpheus all the time as it works for me. It uses your filestore for organisation and lets you link to Dropbox. With Mobile sheets you import your files to the App.
    I know what Dropbox is, but what is filestore? Does Orpheus have to have an internet connection to access the files with your music? Mobilesheets allows me to link up to my Dropbox and import them from there. Is that what you are doing with it?

    I looked for a free app for my Kindle and didn't find anything accept Mobilesheets, which Choirguy recommended. So I installed the free Mobilesheets and played around with it a bit. I liked it, but the free one is very limited in how many songs you can put in it. So I went with the Mobilesheets Pro,which didn't cost a lot, as I remember. I think that the Pro is worth the money over the free one, but the free one let's you see if you are going to like it. But I haven't tried anything else to compare it with.
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    You don't need an app. Just put all your pdf's in a directory and you can find and view them easily. I have mine on an SD card, so it's easy to put it in my computer for editing/adding.
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    Yes, Choirguy is correct, I specifically bought an Android 13.3" tablet ($120) with MobileSheets Pro for music after using my iPad 9.7" with OnSong and ForScore. The iPad was too small for me and the iPad Pro 12.9" was too expensive to use just for music, and I find MobileSheets Pro to be a much better app than OnSong or ForScore, and it's made for Windows 10 also.

    The one shortcoming of the Nuvision tablet is that no stylus will work properly. I have been using my finger, but can't get too detailed on the screen. I looked at the new Windows Pen and Apple Pencil, but the 12"+ tablets run from $700 to $1000. Then I did a search and found a 13.5" Chuwi from China that runs Windows 10 or Android, with a stylus for $400 so I ordered it. I'm taking a chance the stylus will be as good as the Apple Pencil and Windows Pen, it's specs are very much like them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    You don't need an app. Just put all your pdf's in a directory and you can find and view them easily. I have mine on an SD card, so it's easy to put it in my computer for editing/adding.
    This is absolutely true...you can use any PDF reader. That said, the music PDF readers have a lot of features specifically for musicians and all of them guarantee a left/right page turn versus a up/down scrolling PDF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    ...I find MobileSheets Pro to be a much better app than OnSong or ForScore, and it's made for Windows 10...
    I did have to comment on two things here...

    1) It is absolutely fine to prefer Mobile Sheets over other platforms, but owning the latest iPad Pro 12.9" and an Apple Pencil, as well as running Mobile Sheets on an Android tablet and a Chromebook...In my opinion, forScore is the best PDF music reader on any platform, exponentially so. However...I am a music educator as much as I am a musician, so maybe it just has better tools for me?

    2) My go-to source for information about non-iOS PDF music readers is Michelle Martin, who blogs at violajack.blogspot.com. She, too, has been back and forth to iOS, but her heart is with Windows and she is also giving the new Chromebook Pro a solid try. She recently warned that the Windows version of Mobile Sheets is not up to par with the Android version...causing her to use a Chromebook in performance instead of a Windows tablet! So, just be aware. There is one other PDF music solution, really the first PDF music reader, which is called Music Reader PDF, at http://www.musicreader.net. It isn't a cheap solution at $35, but it is another solution. (And really, the price is what we probably should be paying for such an incredible tool).
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    I've been testing MobileSheets Pro on my new Windows 10 tablet for the last few hours and for everything I do, it works the same as the Android version. The pen is far better than I expected, good with fine detail (though the Apple Pencil is better). There must be features I don't use with which your friend has problems.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I know what Dropbox is, but what is filestore? Does Orpheus have to have an internet connection to access the files with your music? Mobilesheets allows me to link up to my Dropbox and import them from there. Is that what you are doing with it?

    I looked for a free app for my Kindle and didn't find anything accept Mobilesheets, which Choirguy recommended. So I installed the free Mobilesheets and played around with it a bit. I liked it, but the free one is very limited in how many songs you can put in it. So I went with the Mobilesheets Pro,which didn't cost a lot, as I remember. I think that the Pro is worth the money over the free one, but the free one let's you see if you are going to like it. But I haven't tried anything else to compare it with.
    Filestore is simply where your files are stored. Either the built in storage on your tablet or the SD card you can plug in. Basically with Orpheus, you organise your music files into folders and tell Orpheus where those folders are. If you do it in Dropbox, it makes it easier to update. You set up a Dropbox link and you can then access the files from Dropbox. You do need to have wifi connection first time but Orpheus will cache the files so you can work offline.
    Geoff Walker

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    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

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