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Popular though they are, iOS apps are sometimes criticised for being flashy rather than functional - software that you buy on a whim, use a couple of times and then never bother with again.
But while the App Store certainly contains its fair share of facile releases, many of its music making apps are not only fun, but also powerful, flexible and - yes - useful. Whether you want to create a complete track, play a virtual synth or control your desktop music software, there are countless options.
But which are the very best iOS music making apps? As 2012 comes to a close, we asked for your votes to help us update our list of the top music apps. The results are presented in the gallery that starts here. Unfortunately, with the iOS world moving as quickly as it does, there are a few notable omissions of apps that have been released in the weeks since we reopened voting: Korg Polysix, Steinberg Cubasis and Audiobus, for example, all came just too late to make the cut for this round of voting.
Anyway, read on to find out which apps have made the cut, and also be sure to check out the following:
6 of the best iPad/iPhone DJing apps
We check out the top iOS mixing software
Weekly iOS music making round-ups
The best new apps from the past year and a half
iOS app reviews
The big releases reviewed and rated
The ultimate guide to iPad/iPhone music making accessories
Interfaces, keyboards, mics, controllers, stand mounts and more
6 easy ways to connect your guitar to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
iOS audio interface review round-up