I do not have an iPad because I hate waiting on lines and spending lots of money on things that I will likely drop and probably break and be sad about. That said, I will probably come around and buy an iPad. And if you do have an iPad or are planning on getting one, you should know that you are in for a wonderful world of music-centric applications to play with. Let's take a look at some of the cooler ones, OK?
+ Mixr DJ App
The Hold Steady's Craig Finn once sang, "most people are DJ's," and, like many things he sings, that's pretty much the truth. Everybody fancies themselves a bit of a dub selector or masher upper these days. Mixr is an early adopter's wheels of steel for the iPad.
+ MooCowMusic's Pianist Pro
Get your Tori Amos on with this ivories-for-iPad app. MooCowMusic comes with a drum machine in case your drummer friend thinks it's weird that you want to "jam" while he's on the skins and you're on a mini computer.
+ ForScore Sheet Music Reader
If we can get a bit personal, I was once something of a prodigy on the ol' recorder. People traveled from far and wide to hear me rip "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Why did I throw away the fame and fortune that would've come with being a professional recorder player? I couldn't get over how annoying it was to turn the sheet music. If I had had an iPad with ForScore's sheet music reader, I wouldn't have had to. Bummer.
+ Groovemaker House
I know what you're thinking: enough with the recorders and the pianos, I'm all about G.T.L., so let's get to the house music. OK, the Groovemaker's House app will have you beating up the beat in no time with your own house music.
+ Wunder Radio
While the iPad certainly has a lot of potential for music-making, many just want to use it for music listening. If that's the case, may we suggest Wunder Radio, which allows users to listen to 50,000 different radio stations.