Sheet Music Direct (www.sheetmusicdirect.us), launched in 1997 as the world’s first ecommerce website for digital sheet music, was always ahead of its time. 1997 was a time when high-speed internet and digital downloads were far from the norm… Amazon.com had just launched in mid-1995 and iTunes was non-existent (it launched in 2001).
Looking again to be a digital pioneer, in 2015 the Sheet Music Direct team set out to create a new type of digital sheet music experience by combining the power of the iPad with world-class play-along content (notation + audio) from the world’s top play-along publishers, Hal Leonard and Music Sales.
Traditional play-along publications include printed sheet music and CDs of pro-quality backing tracks for popular songs from all eras, which musicians of all instruments and levels can use to learn songs and play along with the band. Sheet Music Direct’s goal for developing a play-along iPad app was to take the traditional play-along experience to a whole new level by digitizing and syncing the play-along content along with creating new cutting-edge tools and features.