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MobileSheets for Windows 10 review: Easily read and annotate digital sheet music

While digital notebooks are becoming more commonplace, many people are still using physical paper for reading sheet music. MobileSheets makes it easy to view sheet music on your Windows 10 devices and allows you to take notes, automatically scroll through music, and search through your music.

The app is available for $12.99 on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows Mixed Reality. You can try a free version for 14, days which limits you to nine pieces of music, but that's enough to help you make an informed decision before dropping any cash.

There is also a version of MobileSheets on Android.

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New age features

Like reading books, using a digital medium provides features and advantages that you could never get with ink and paper. MobileSheets can auto-scroll your music or let your turn pages with USB or Bluetooth devices. It also has a built-in metronome, link points so you can jump between pages easily, and multiple ways to manage and organize music.

In addition to features you couldn't have on paper, MobileSheets lets you take notes on your music.

I played music for most of my childhood and lugging around folders full of sheet music gets old very quickly. Sheet music is bulky, hard to organize, and can get damaged easily. While I don't play music much now, I could see musicians switching over to MobileSheets for practice at home or on the go. While it is available on laptops and PCs, MobileSheets will do its best on thin and light tablets that can rest on a music stand.

MobileSheets also has a lot of little features that show that the developers obviously play music and built the app for musicians. You can see the full feature list on MobileSheet's about page.

Old age design

While MobileSheets is modern in the fact that it brings sheet music into the digital age, its design is far from futuristic. The full-screen mode is difficult to navigate, the layout hasn't been updated to newer design styles, and overall it just feels old.

This doesn't hinder its ability to let you read and annotate sheet music, but it's disappointing to see an otherwise good app have such a dated design.

I'm not advocating slapping transparency into the app and making it look like Groove Music; that would be a hindrance to functionality if done poorly. But a general update and freshening up would do MobileSheets good.

Overall thoughts on MobileSheets for Windows 10

MobileSheets is one of the best sheet music applications on Windows 10. It makes it easy to mark up your sheet music and follow along while playing without fussing around with your hands.

I'd love to see the interface updated to match more modern design styles, but beyond that, I'm very impressed with MobileSheets' ability to improve music practice. Again, it costs about $12 for the Windows version.

Pros

  • Supports annotation
  • Has automatic scrolling
  • Imports sheet music easily

Cons

  • Dated design
  • High price

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Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

8 Comments
  • I feel like 12 bucks isn't actually that steep in price, but I guess it's all relative.
  • I tried it and while it was nice...I didn't feel as if it offered an advantage than using Edge to take care of my pdf sheet music needs. I used Edge to mark/edit sheet music and to read while performing or teaching. I keep my scores both on OneDrive as well as locally.
  • I have used it for a while on my Surface Book, and like it. The ability to save notations as well as the metronome setting
  • MobileSheets is really the only proper sheet music app on Windows (or Android for that matter). $12 is a drop in a bucket for all the little things it offers for real gigging musicians (link points alone are worth the price tag). If you are using this as a PDF reader with annotations only, then it's not for you. It find it odd that people think $12 is too much, when years ago we had no issues dropping $100-200 on similar software. The developer is very active and really listens to suggestions.
  • Almost certainly another ripoff of Staffpad. If Staffpad has or would get a similar feature in the near future, why would the present app entice others to opt for it over the "competition" for a fraction of the price? You have to buy the sheet music too before you can use it and not everyone has a scanner. Still an interesting consideration.
  • No. Both apps cover different needs. Staffpad is for those who write music scores, whereas this app is for those who only need to view the scores and perhaps make some notes.
  • I have this app and I'm pretty fond of it. I like that I can do a backup in the Windows or Android apps and restore it on the other so they're always in sync (there is a sync app but I can't get it to work for me). I also have an iPad with ForScore and it's prettier but I still tend to prefer MobileSheets. It's worth the asking price in my opinion.
  • I've been using OneNote for storing and annotating music. Works pretty well. The ability to scroll through music via a USB or BT device or something like that sounds nice, but not worth the cost of admission.