Is Musescore still free?

• Feb 19, 2019 - 21:39

I've been using musescore to help my choir learn their music but new members tell me they can't download for free at all any more. Has something changed, or are they just doing something wrong?


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The music notation editor for Windows, Mac and Linux is still as free as it always has been. If you are instead speaking about downloading the sheet music from musescore.com, it should still be free. On musescore.com, you can subscribe for a pro membership, but a pro subscription is in no way necessary for downloading or listening to sheet music. I hope this clears things up. If you still have questions, feel free to reply here with them.

In reply to by choralmanianz

They need to have a MuseScore account to download from MuseScore.com, but it doesn't have to be a Pro account - it can be a free account. Perhaps when they try to create the free account it mentions Pro and they get confused, but they don't need to pay for Pro to download sheet music from MuseScore.com.

In reply to by Louis Cloete

Sorry, I didn't make it clear that the problem is just with downloading the program so they can listen to my scores at home. Some people have been finding that they are being asked to pay just for the program, and they don't seem to be able to locate the free version, but as I read the replies here I think it must be that they've gone to .com instead of .org. Does that seem right to others?

It could be that they are talking about downloading the MuseScore app (for Android or iPhone) rather than downloading sheet music or the desktop software. The apps are free to download for basic use but have in-app purchases to enabled extra features. The in-app purchase is simply another way of paying for a Pro subscription, so if you already bought Pro on the website then you don't need to pay again in the app; just sign-in to your account in the app and the Pro features will be enabled. Again, a Pro subscription is not needed just to view and listen to sheet music in the app. It is possible that your choir members saw Pro mentioned somewhere in the app and assumed it was required to view sheet music, but it is not.

In reply to by shoogle

Hmm, that's an interesting point. I've just tried downloading the app onto my iPhone - I usually just use the full program on my desktop. And when I open it, it takes me through a little quiz about my preferences and level, and then there is a screen offering a pro account with two payment options, and no evident way to escape the screen....oh, except that there's a tiny little "close" option, dimly lit and in the top right hand corner lol. So now it gives me an option to create an account, and presumably that will then be free...?!

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