The New Stuff

10 Essential Apps for the Touring Band

Aren’t we just so lucky to be living in a decade where there’s an app for everything? Thank you, Stevie, Bill, and the rest of the gang. How truly comfortable our lives are today compared to the beeper and walkie-talkie days. You want to play the piano but you have no piano on the bus? BAM! There’s an app for that. Want to find the nearest diner? There’s no need to ask a random stranger because BAM! There’s an app for that. Yes folks, we’re in the app generation and aren’t we just too darn lucky!

I can’t imagine how stressful bands of decades ago must have been when they’re on tour. Just not having a cellular phone while on a tour is tough enough. So aside from the must-bring band merch and other essentials, here are the smart phone apps you should have when you’re on tour:



The most comprehensive road travel app of them all, Road Trip allows you to track mileage, fuel prices, graph out trip expenses, and even export the data to CSV.


The application locates and maps the iPhone user’s current location and is updated continuously as they travel. They receive vibration and audio alerts as they enter into areas that have been identified as areas that could present a potential risk to their personal safety or property security. Now you can make informed decisions regarding travel stops for gas, meals and groceries while in your hometown or when traveling in unfamiliar areas.


Collects data from thousands of users to warn you of impending speed traps, red-light cameras, and checkpoints to let you know what’s coming up. To make sure the reports are accurate, Trapster gives more weight to reports confirmed by multiple users, and you can set the level of reliability you want to respond to. Trapster runs on most phones except Treos.


This app doesn’t give any more information than the Weather Channel web site, but it’s great to have such information at your fingertip while on the go.  The map feature of this app uses Google Maps with a live update of radar, clouds, temperature, precipitation and UV index.  



Once you’re at a destination, use this fun app to discover all the dining choices around you. You can either check out a list of what’s on offer (searching by location, type of cuisine, or price range), or use the fun “shake” option to have Urbanspoon choose for you. With this fun feature, the Urbanspoon “slot machine” will randomly land on a suggestion — great if you (like me) are very indecisive!


Chances are, if you’re on a road trip, you’re planning to stop off at at least a few quirky roadside attractions. Whether it’s a town dedicated to Santaa graveyard for cars, or some funky museum, the Roadside America app will give you plenty of suggestions. You can search based on a nearby city, your current location, or just a theme. It even has some extra features, too, such as letting you know what time the sun is due to set wherever you happen to be. The only downside to this app is that the $2.99 price only buys you access to one of 6 “regions.” To have access to the whole U.S., it’s another $5.99 annually. However, if you’re really into roadside attractions, 9 bucks is probably worth it.



This is a great app for quickly and easily updating both your Twitter and Facebook statuses at the same time. When you want to update your fan base with what you’re doing, insider info, or, well, just about anything this is the easiest way to sync both accounts.


Need to write a message to your blog directly from your phone and include pictures? WordPress  is by far the most popular blog platform, and this application integrates seamlessly with it.


Taking lots of video and photos with your phone, and need an application that integrates and uploads media to virtually every service on the net? Thought so. Pixelpipe easily integrates with just about every major service out there and is great for publishing on the go.



This is great for tuning your stringed instruments along with brass, woodwinds, tympani and other instrument that can sustain a tone.the uniquie note wheel interfaces allows you to quickly find the desired pitch, pairing with a highly responsive fine-tuning meter for the perfect tune.


Beat Maker is a high end iPhone music app which calls itself the “mobile music creation studio”. It provides a number of advanced tools and effects to help you create an intuitive composition. You can pick up audio samples, record them and use them in your composition. Other features include trigger pads, sequencing tools, advanced audio effects and more. And all this comes at a price – $19.99.



Imagine you’re on tour and you just thought about how cool it would be to document your journey for your next music video. Too bad you’re in the middle of nowhere and you’ve been eating off the dollar menu every day. Chances are you’re not going to be able to afford a video camera, if you can even find one. With ReelDirector you can edit videos (must have video recording ability) right on your iPhone. The video shows just how easily it is to assemble clips, add transitions, and import your music to use as the soundtrack.

What other apps do you find necessary during a band tour?

photo credit: Gibson


Unified Manufacturing is a custom CD/DVD and Vinyl Manufacturing facility based on both sides of the US. Our clients range from indie artists to major label artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, and Ringo Starr. If you need an Instant Quote on a project AND you want FREE SHIPPING ( free shipping on all quotes from the blog) – Then CLICK HERE.


Recently Published


8 Packaging Design Resources (for your inspiration)

Regular CDs are nice but if you want to release something your ...


Vinyl Packaging: Where The World Ends / Indian Wells

Designer: Chiara Tomati Designer / Co-creative director: Vincenzo ...


CD Packaging of the Week: Chang and Lee

We love the look of this street, grunge, trashy pop CD packaging. ...


Reasons Why Millennials Love the Vinyl

[Written by Ben Schultz, is an award-winning journalist and music ...

david bowie ziggy stardust

Best of the Best: Our Top Advice Articles for Indie Musicians

Hi folks! What have you been up to? Aside from the usual busyness of ...



We’ve features some of the most creative vinyl records here on ...

vinyl box set: back to the future soundtrack

Back To The Future Trilogy Soundtrack Vinyl Box Set

A classic film such as the BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY deserves ...

Kiss band marketing

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Band Name and Why You Should Copyright It

Who would have thought that finding the perfect band name could be a ...


Meet The Dodds Sisters, Queens of CD Package Design

Shauna and Sarah Dodds, the creatively inclined badass sisters from ...

Read previous post:
DVD Packaging: Fellowship of the Ring Gift Set

TITLE: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring YEAR:  2001 SOURCE EDITION: France FEATURES: Argonath Bookends; Digipak;...