MuseScore is getting a new name!
Today we're sharing an important update to the name of the MuseScore desktop notation app. Starting in 2024, it will be called MuseScore Studio.
We’re aware that any product rebrand — even a relatively subtle one like this — rarely receives unanimous approval, especially when an app has such a long history and dedicated community. But rest assured, we’re making this change for very necessary reasons.
Why does the name need to change?
Muse Group currently supports three distinct products that include the name "MuseScore". As well as the MuseScore desktop app, there is MuseScore.com and the MuseScore mobile app. While our teams collaborate, all products cater to different audiences and use-cases.
This leads to frequent confusion and support issues, especially among new users. For example, many composers seeking the free desktop app unintentionally subscribe on the website.
So the name change to MuseScore Studio aims to better distinguish the desktop app, and clear up any confusion!
Why MuseScore Studio?
After careful consideration, we felt MuseScore Studio reflects the app's evolving capacity to support a complete suite of notation-centered compositional and arranging projects. The name also aligns with its powerful playback features and integrations for improved score sharing and collaboration. The version numbering remains intact, so we're currently at MuseScore Studio 4.2.
Why are we only renaming the desktop app for now? Renaming the MuseScore website or mobile app, which both include varied content libraries and feature sets, proved a rather more complex task. Rebranding the desktop app is a practical first step towards distinguishing the free desktop app from the other MuseScore products.
Is anything else going to change?
Rest assured, this name change does not alter our product roadmap. MuseScore Studio will continue to be an outstanding, free, and open-source app, dedicated to providing the best notation-centered experience with your continued support.
Thanks for your understanding and ongoing collaboration!