Hymnals App Reviews

By GIA Publications, Inc.

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Hymnals app review

Hymnals App Info

  • 108 Ratings
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Feb 16 2020
  • Version: 1.21
  • Size: 43.59 MB
  • Seller: GIA Publications, Inc.
  • © GIA Publications, Inc.

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Customer Reviews of the Hymnals App

Not practical in a church setting

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Changed4Good's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

It might be more helpful if GIA also made their hymnals available via other sheet music apps as well. This is proprietary to their hymnals—which they certainly have the right to do—but it doesn’t make sense in actual church use. We use music from several publishers——and having to switch back and forth between apps isn’t practical. When hymnals are available only as an in-app purchase, GIA loses sales that they would make if one could also purchase PDF versions of their stuff at their website for use in apps like ForScore. GIA offers great music—but they need to think beyond a proprietary app as their only digital delivery method. I eagerly downloaded this, but once I realized that this was the only method for having GIA’s hymnals on my iPad, I deleted it.

Lead Me Guide Me Hymnal (GIA)

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MelReeb's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

I am a church musician and was elated that I could purchase this hymnal for my iPad. Unfortunately, when I upgraded to the iPad Air, the LMGM hymnal app did not transfer to the new device. Apple informed me that purchases from GIA are only good for the device it is purchased for. If your device is lost or updated you must purchase it again. I was not aware of this....and not happy about it. This was the only app I could not transfer to my new iPad. Everyone should be aware of this fact before purchasing GIA hymnals.

GIA Hymnals

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Kburgerman's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

The IOS version is only available for IPad, not IPhone. I installed the Free App which had one sample so I wasn't as informed as I could have been prior to ordering. The App only gives and audio snippet of the hymns. I don't read music very well so it is not as helpful to me as it could be.

Happy in Maryland

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Happy in Maryland's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

Thank you for adding the 2nd choir edition to the library which includes the 3rd edition of Gather. Our choir uses mostly the 2nd edition and there are some significant changes between the two. (Not the least page numbers). Just in time for the Passion and Easter. I love carrying my light iPad instead of the Hymnal. November 2017. For the Love of God PLEASE FIX THIS APP. It truely is impossible to use at this point. I’ve been using this for years. I finally tried deleting and reinstalling the app. I was able to get the hymnals I paid for back. At this moment, there is no duplication of entries or adding multiple songs to my lists. However I did lose the Easter, etc music lists. But for now everything is working well. December 2, 2018. The app works perfectly now. Only thing I would like is for GIA to add Gather 1st addition as our director prefers the psalms in that addition.

Great app

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Bobcwt's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

While it will be nice to see how this app develops, I can already say that it has changed the way I work. I substitute regularly as an organist in 4 Catholic churches, three of which use the new Gather. I can upload future gigs to the app in seconds, and in some cases with the Choir edition play right from the app. I for one would be happy to pay for accompaniment versions if and when they become available. Many thanks to GIA!

Issue with Lists

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mposings's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

Since an update a few months ago, I have an issue when I create a list. For example, I will create a list for a wedding or funeral and once I add a song I will get about 20-30 other songs added to the list. I delete them and then they are gone until I add another song. Then they all appear back. Sometimes I get the same list of 20-30 two or three times making it a real pain to delete them all. I use this app all the time and the lists weren’t always like that. An this be fixed? Does it happen to anyone else?

Great idea, not economical

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Amac923's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

After playing around with the app, I would agree that while the app is great in concept, in reality it is not worth it yet. The reason: The in-app prices are the same as the print editions of the hymnals, even though there's no paper or hard cover binding. I feel most users, like myself, would use this as a supplement to the physical hymnal, rather than a full out replacement. Most e-books are much cheaper than their print counterparts, so it would be nice to see a similar price structure here. Perhaps a way for purchasers of a physical copy to get an e-copy for free or reduced price would also be nice. As a composer myself, I firmly believe that the folks who have given us this wonderful music deserve fair compensation. However, I also believe that the electronic versions of the hymnals should have a lower cost. I would love to use this or another similar app, but honestly don't want to pay twice for the same material. (especially when the keyboard editions become available).

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Suzanne@GIA's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

@Jefforganist Thank you for your feedback. Your first concern was the table of contents and while you are right that we do not have the table of contents listed we do have exhaustive indexes at the back of the hymnals. For Gather 3 they start at 1215 in the pew edition. The indexes included are topical, liturgical, composer/author/sources, metrical, tune, service music, foreign languages, and first lines and common titles. If you type the word "index" in the search field it will display a complete list of the available indexes. We appreciate this comment and will adjust our advertising to include the fact that the indexes are available. Regarding usefulness to congregations, we feel that this hymnal app has the same value as the physical hymnal and offers other great options like zooming in for those who have difficulty reading the words and also the back lighting that brightens the screen for you. We also feel this app is very useful to choir members in many ways. There is less to carry, you can enter your service list and then page from hymn to hymn in service order, and just imagine using this hymnal app in a darkened church during the Easter Vigil. Regarding usefulness to the choir director, as is mentioned in the advertising copy we will be offering both the keyboard and the guitar accompaniment editions very soon and we are working on the turning of pages with the blue tooth pedal as you mentioned. As with all apps we will be continually improving and adding features. Keep watching and keep commenting. @Michael Crisci This app is intended to work just like a book reader app (the Kindle app for example). While the app is free, the books certainly are not. You must pay to purchase the books you download. Would you make the same comment for the Kindle or Nook apps?

Great Idea - but needs more work to be useful.

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SGrengs's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

As a choir member and cantor, this idea is very appealing. But it really is not usable without the capability to make marks or annotations on the music. I also agree with other reviewers that the hymnals themselves should be cheaper than the physical books.

Waiting for Lead Me Guide Me

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GaBrotha's Review of Hymnals

Reviewed on 10/20/19 1:56 PM

Can't say I've enjoyed this App too much as of yet since I'm waiting to be able to access the Lead Me Guide Me hymnal. But I'm looking forward to using this tool.