Archive for October, 2011
I recently came across a new notation music programme: Musescore. Traditionally creators of music scores have either had to use Finale or Sibelius (or a well sharpened pencil, eraser and manuscript paper).
But there is now a new player on the scene, and the big attraction is the cost of the product: It’s free!
I have been trying this out, and to be honest considering the non-existent price tag, it’s an excellent tool to get started with. Considering all the aspiring musicians and music students at colleges out there, there is a ready made market for Musescore. The brutal fact is that most people who cannot afford it will somehow source a pirated, illegal version of Finale or Sibelius, so there is now a free entry level alternative, so to speak. Whether that will stop people from downloading pirated versions of Sibelius and Finale is another question, but competition can only be a good thing for the market place.
My question would be how long the $0 pice tag can be sustained, and if there will be a price increase at some point, if the market can really support three notation programmes, as, let’s face, music notation software is a very niche market.
Here is an introductory video for Musescore: