TouchMyApps » Smule http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Smule releases Sing! karaoke app for iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/08/smule-releases-sing-karaoke-app-for-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/08/smule-releases-sing-karaoke-app-for-iphone/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:04:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69300 Several weeks after the release of AutoRap on the App Store, Smule is now calling out to all the karaoke fans out there with their latest app Sing!. Much like other Smule apps that heavily rely on social networking, Sing! lets you choose from over 130 musical hits from various genres (Rolling in the Deep, Boyfriend, Call … Read more]]>

Several weeks after the release of AutoRap on the App Store, Smule is now calling out to all the karaoke fans out there with their latest app Sing!. Much like other Smule apps that heavily rely on social networking, Sing! lets you choose from over 130 musical hits from various genres (Rolling in the Deep, Boyfriend, Call Me Maybe etc) for you to sing along. Your performance can then be shared with a friend (if so desired), at which point he/she can add their voice to the track and create some sweet sounding harmonies. Don’t exactly fancy yourself a crooner? Not to worry. Thanks to the ”voice enhancement technology” and special voice filters, you may not sound half bad after belting out your favorite tunes. The app is free to download, though most of the songs in-app will cost you $0.99. See how Sing! works in a video trailer after the break.

Sing! Join the global karaoke party! Smule, Sing! Join the global karaoke party! - Free

Similar to the premise behind Sing!, here’s a video of singers paying tribute to victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami using Smule’s Glee Karaoke app. A year after the song was first shared and others invited to join in, nearly 4,000 singers have added their voices to the song (Lean on Me).

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Unleash your inner Eminem with Smule’s AutoRap app http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/07/17/unleash-your-inner-eminem-with-smules-autorap-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/07/17/unleash-your-inner-eminem-with-smules-autorap-app/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:49:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69027 Fans of Smule’s trippy musical iOS apps (Magic Piano, I Am T-Pain, Ocarina and MadPad) will now be able to make more sweet music in the rap category, thanks to the release of AutoRap. A creation born out of the merger between Smule and Khush, AutoRap lets even the most rap-challenged individuals sound like an aspiring rapper. Using a patent-pending “rappification” technology, the … Read more]]>

Fans of Smule’s trippy musical iOS apps (Magic PianoI Am T-PainOcarina and MadPad) will now be able to make more sweet music in the rap category, thanks to the release of AutoRap. A creation born out of the merger between Smule and Khush, AutoRap lets even the most rap-challenged individuals sound like an aspiring rapper. Using a patent-pending “rappification” technology, the app features a Talk Mode that turns your ordinary speech into unique sounding rap songs. With Rap Mode, you can show off your rap skills by following the lyrics that scroll across the screen. Rest assured, first timers will have their flow corrected to “snap” their syllables back to song’s beat. AutoRap (free universal download) starts you off with some Freestyle sounds, and premium songs from popular artists can be purchased via IAP. Time to watch 8 Mile again before turning the iPhone into an all-out beatbox. Videos of AutoRap in action after the break.

AutoRap Smule, AutoRap - Free

Description

YO. This is AutoRap.

It turns speech into rap, and corrects bad rapping.

With Smule’s patent-pending “rappification” technology, AutoRap maps the syllables of your speech to any beat, creating a unique rap every time.

TALK MODE:
Talk into the app, and AutoRap magically morphs your speech into a legit rap. Create your own original rap songs with Freestyle Beats, or use Premium Songs from artists like Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj, to AutoRap with the songs you know and love.

RAP MODE:
Switch to Rap Mode and flaunt your skillz by rapping along to your favorite songs, following the lyrics that scroll across the screen. AutoRap will correct your flow, snapping your syllables to the rhythmic grid of the underlying beat.
*** HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED FOR RAP MODE***

SHARE:
Now go share your creations with your friends via email, Facebook or Twitter. Sing them a happy birthday they’ll never forget, or give ‘em the lowdown on the sandwich you ate for lunch.

JUDGE:
And don’t forget to show some love for your homies to help them reach the Top Rappers spot.

NEW BEATS AND SONGS ADDED EVERY WEEK.
The current song catalogue includes songs and beats by:
Nicki Minaj
♪ Eminem feat. Rihanna
♪ BOB
♪ Snoop Dogg
♪ Ludacris
♪ Tupac feat. Dr. Dre
♪ Outkast
♪ Nelly
♪ Beastie Boys
♪ Kelis
♪ Chamillionaire
…and many more!

Check back daily to see what’s new. Want something we don’t have? Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/smule) and put your request in!

Features:
- Choose between talk or rap mode.
- Pick your beat from freestyle or premium sounds.
- Beautiful visualizations match the beat of your raps.
- Don’t like the beat, just re-AutoRap it!
- Share your creations via email, Facebook and Twitter
- Listen to the Top Rappers and support them with loves.
- Come back frequently to earn additional plays.

EXPLANATION OF PLAYS:
AutoRap offers you the ability to choose between Freestyle and Premium beats, using “Plays”. Plays allow you to try out any song in the catalogue, without being stuck with any one song. Each time you create an AutoRap, or Re-AutoRap, with a Freestyle or Premium beat, the corresponding Play Balance gets deducted by 1 Play. We give you a Starter Pack of free Freestyle Plays so you can try them out!

ALWAYS FREE:
We offer two songs that are ALWAYS FREE – “Turkey Burgers” and “OneOneOne” – so you can use the app anytime you want completely free, without spending any money, ever.

EARN PLAYS:
We also allow you to earn Freestyle and Premium Plays.

NOTE: Headphones recommended for maximum enjoyment.

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Smule’s Beatstream makes a game out of your music http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/21/smules-beatstream-makes-a-game-out-of-your-music/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/21/smules-beatstream-makes-a-game-out-of-your-music/#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:51:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67240 Smule, creators of some of the most innovative music apps for iOS (Magic Guitar, Magic Piano and Ocarina), has released Beatstream, an app that turns all your music into a visual tap-fest. Your favorite songs are now a game! Turn any music from your iTunes library into a fast-paced rhythm game. Feel the adrenaline rush as you smash through … Read more]]>

Smule, creators of some of the most innovative music apps for iOS (Magic GuitarMagic Piano and Ocarina), has released Beatstream, an app that turns all your music into a visual tap-fest.

Your favorite songs are now a game! Turn any music from your iTunes library into a fast-paced rhythm game. Feel the adrenaline rush as you smash through barriers created by the beat of the songs you love. No need to ever buy more songs, simply use the songs you already own to play.

The gameplay is as simple as tapping on the screen to flip over the two-faced arrow (blue/yellow) and making sure that its color matches with that of the approaching barriers. Warped Mode turns things up a notch by speeding up your favorite tunes as you blast through them. The more you pass, the faster the song becomes. Best of all, no IAP is required to unlock further content. As long as you have music available on your device, you’re good to go. Beatstream is now available on the iPhone/iPod Touch for $0.99.

Check out the demo video below.

Beatstream Smule, Beatstream, – $0.99

Description

Your favorite songs are now a game! Turn any music from your iTunes library into a fast-paced rhythm game. Feel the adrenaline rush as you smash through barriers created by the beat of the songs you love. No need to ever buy more songs, simply use the songs you already own to play.

YOUR MUSIC, YOUR GAME
Turn your iTunes library into a game and customize your experience.
• Select any song from your iTunes library.
• Every song is unique! New game tracks every time, with barriers specific to that song.
• Choose your mode of play: Normal or Warped.
• Set your difficulty: Easy, Normal or Hard.

SIMPLE TAP CONTROLS
Blast your way through the color changing beat barriers by tapping anywhere on the screen to flip the arrow.
• You are a two-faced arrow, one side blue, and one side yellow.
• The color of your arrow is the key! Match the arrow color to the barrier and blast right through, mix the colors up, and lose points or end up in tragic silence.
• Colorful backgrounds change and pulse to the energy of the song!

OPTIONAL WARPED MODE
Get a thrill as you try your hand at Warped Mode, where the game adapts to your performance.
• The more barriers you blast, the faster you and your music go.
• Hear your favorite songs speed up to warp speed as you continue to blast through the barriers.
• Can’t stop messing up? You’ll keep slowing down until you get back into the rhythm.

EARN AND COMPETE
Take it to the next level and get into the game!
• Unlock new features while playing.
• Earn badges for frequent players.
• Compete for a spot on the Game Center global leader boards.

Note: Under two circumstances Beatstream cannot analyze your songs.
1. Songs in your iTunes library purchased from iTunes before 2009, may not work because they are DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) protected.
2. Using iTunes Match may cause some issues if you have never listened to the song on your device before. After listening to the song once, it will download from the Cloud and there shouldn’t be any other problems.

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Smule releases Magic Guitar for iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/15/smule-releases-magic-guitar-for-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/15/smule-releases-magic-guitar-for-iphone/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:04:10 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=62604 Smule has released yet another unique music app for the iPhone – this time, the Magic Guitar. Following in the footsteps of other Smule apps like Ocarina and Magic Piano, Magic Guitar gives you the chance to rock out on your iPhone even if you’ve never played the guitar before. Get ready to rock! Unleash your inner rocker … Read more]]>

Smule has released yet another unique music app for the iPhone – this time, the Magic Guitar. Following in the footsteps of other Smule apps like Ocarina and Magic Piano, Magic Guitar gives you the chance to rock out on your iPhone even if you’ve never played the guitar before.

Get ready to rock! Unleash your inner rocker with Magic Guitar, and you’ll be shredding like a legend in no time. Simply hold your phone like a guitar neck, and beams of light help you play the greatest guitar songs your own way. You control the notes, speed, guitar type, pitch and vibrato. Play it once, play it a hundred times, each time is a unique experience that won’t get old.

Magic Guitar’s songbook offers tunes from various artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Incubus, Santana, Coldplay and much more. The app’s free to download and comes with a number of songs to get you started, while more from your favorite artists can be unlocked via IAP. And you can earn new songs by simply playing Magic Guitar and unlocking various achievements. Take a look at the promo videos after the break (including one by Smule co-founder showing off the app).

Magic Guitar Smule, Magic Guitar, – Free

App Description

Get ready to rock! Unleash your inner rocker with Magic Guitar, and you’ll be shredding like a legend in no time. Simply hold your phone like a guitar neck, and beams of light help you play the greatest guitar songs your own way. You control the notes, speed, guitar type, pitch and vibrato. Play it once, play it a hundred times, each time is a unique experience that won’t get old.

PLAY LEGENDARY GUITAR SONGS YOUR WAY
Jam on your favorite rock, classical, folk and pop songs with your new guitar – no practice necessary.
• Simply touch the lights to play all styles of music, from soulful jams to scorching shred.
• Express your creativity and shake your phone to create vibrato, or drag your fingers to bend the pitch.
• Choose from different guitar sounds and speeds to make each song your own.

Magic Guitar’s songbook includes a huge catalog of legendary artists including:

-The Rolling Stones
-KISS
-Daughtry
-Nirvana
-Sublime
-Bruno Mars
-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
-Goo Goo Dolls
-Incubus
-Coldplay
-Lynard Skynyrd
-Evanescence
-Styx
-Poison
-Credence Clearwater Revival
-Blue Oyster Cult
-Jason Mraz
-Santana
…and many more!

Make sure to come back frequently to get free songs – new free songs added regularly!

SHARE YOUR SHREDS WITH THE WORLD
Share your best jams on the interactive Smule globe, or through Twitter, Facebook or email.
• Hang out on the Smule globe and listen to other Magic Guitarists rocking out.
• Share the love – gift your friends any song from within the app to double the fun.

SCORE YOUR WAY TO THE TOP
Once you’ve mastered your new guitar, get rewarded for playing.
• Level up to unlock achievements and badges, earn new songs and make your way to the top of the song leader boards.

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Music to my ears: Smule aquires Khush http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/01/music-to-my-ears-smule-aquires-khush/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/01/music-to-my-ears-smule-aquires-khush/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 22:55:55 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61644 Smule, the company behind some of the most downloaded social music making apps on iOS – Magic Piano, I Am T-Pain, Ocarina and MadPad  – announced earlier today that it has acquired Khush for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. Like Smule, Khush is known on the App Store for their highly popular music apps: Songify and LaDiDa, both of which center around … Read more]]>

Smule, the company behind some of the most downloaded social music making apps on iOS – Magic PianoI Am T-PainOcarina and MadPad  – announced earlier today that it has acquired Khush for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. Like Smule, Khush is known on the App Store for their highly popular music apps: Songify and LaDiDa, both of which center around turning your speech/voice into catchy tunes.

“The Khush team brings world-class innovation, unique technological talent, and a passionately shared vision for the future,” said Jeffrey C. Smith, co-founder and CEO of Smule. “Joining forces with Khush represents the next step in our plan to bring accessible, fun, and sometimes bizarre music making experiences to everyone.”

As an interesting side note, both companies share academic roots. Dr. Ge Wang, co-founder and CEO of Smule, is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Whereas Dr. Para Chordia, co-founder of Khush, is a professor of computer music at Georgia Tech. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what these highly creative musical minds have in store for us and our iDevices in the near future. And to highlight this occasion, Smule and Khush have created a cool little video using Songify to spread word of the acquisition. The full press release and video clip after the gap.

Press Release

Top-Ranking Social Music Making App Developer Smule Acquires Khush

Leading mobile developers join forces to redefine the $65B market for musical entertainment

Palo Alto, California, December 1, 2011 - Smule, creators of top-ranking social music making apps including Magic Piano™, Ocarina, I Am™ T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, and MadPad™, announced today that it has acquired Khush, an intelligent music app developer and creator of popular apps, Songify and LaDiDa™. The acquisition, a combined cash and stock deal which closed this week, brings together complimentary visions, technologies and teams.

“The Khush team brings world-class innovation, unique technological talent, and a passionately shared vision for the future,” said Jeffrey C. Smith, co-founder and CEO of Smule. “Joining forces with Khush represents the next step in our plan to bring accessible, fun, and sometimes bizarre music making experiences to everyone.”

Smule and Khush are leading innovators in the rapidly growing market for mobile entertainment.  Together, the companies’ customers have downloaded nearly 30 million apps and created more than 350 million songs. Combined, Smule and Khush experienced more than 500% user growth over the past 12 months.

“Our goal is to make musical self-expression as ubiquitous as social expression is today,” said Prerna Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Khush. “The success of apps like Songify and Magic Piano has brought to bear our belief that all humans are inherently creative, and we are thrilled to be uniting with Smule in our common quest for a musical utopia.”

• Songify (Khush), a top ranked app with more than 5 million downloads, magically creates songs from a user’s spoken words, allowing you to Songify everyday aspects of your life, including perhaps your love of pets such as cats or even a skirmish with police.

• Ocarina (Smule) downloaded more than 6 million times, converts your phone into a flute-like instrument, sensitive to your breath, touch, and tilt.

• Magic Piano™ (Smule), downloaded more than 6 million times, allows everyone ranging from a toddler to a Juilliard grad to earn scores by playing their favorite songs, spanning from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” to Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata. Magic Piano users collectively play more than 1 million songs a day, striking 25 million notes per hour on average.

“The market for musical entertainment has changed dramatically since the arrival of Apple’s iPhone just over three years ago,” Smith continued. “People are looking for more than MP3 downloads and streams; instead, they want interactive, immersive, and social experiences. By combining with our friends at Khush, we have the opportunity to emerge as a principal actor redefining the $65B market for musical entertainment.”

Both companies share deep academic roots. Dr. Ge Wang, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Smule, is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Dr. Parag Chordia, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Khush, is a professor of computer music at Georgia Tech and serves as the director of the Georgia Tech Music Intelligence Lab.

The Khush team will remain in Atlanta, GA, will continue to function as an independent studio under the Khush brand, and will increasingly leverage Smule’s Sonic Network, a social fabric allowing users to create and explore music together.

This announcement is not a solicitation to purchase or exchange any securities.  The securities issuable in the acquisition have not been registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

About Smule

Smule’s mission is to connect the world through music. With the premise that everyone is creative, Smule uses the magic of technology to liberate the expressive musician in everyone. Smule’s award-winning applications include Magic Piano™, I Am™ T-Pain, and Ocarina.

The company was co-founded in 2008 by Stanford PhD student and entrepreneur Jeff Smith and Stanford assistant professor Dr. Ge Wang.  Smule’s investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Granite Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Floodgate. More information about Smule can be found at http://www.smule.com.  Smule is a trademark of Smule, Inc

About Khush

Khush develops intelligent music applications. Using cutting-edge artificial intelligence, Khush has created the popular apps Songify and LaDiDa™, which have helped millions of bad singers worldwide express themselves through music.

The company was founded by music technology enthusiasts from the Georgia Tech Music Intelligence Lab. Khush has received investments from 500 Startups, Shotput Ventures, and angel investors Pat Matthews and Yee Lee, along with research grants from the Georgia Research Alliance and the National Science Foundation.

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Smule gives you the tools necessary to battle Satan with the release of Magic Fiddle http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/smule-gives-you-the-tools-necessary-to-battle-satan-with-the-release-of-magic-fiddle/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/smule-gives-you-the-tools-necessary-to-battle-satan-with-the-release-of-magic-fiddle/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:03:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42545 Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course … Read more]]>

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Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course the hundreds of dollars you’ve already spent on your iPad).

Smule, the creators of Ocarina – one of Apple’s “All-time top 20 Apps” — along with other popular ones including Glee Karaoke and Magic Piano bring you Magic Fiddle for the iPad. Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques in Story Book mode, perform from a list of 20 songs, earn medals for your performance, and compete with other fiddle players from around the world in online leaderboards (Satan may or may not be a competitor). So if you’ve ever had aspirations of learning how to play yet another instrument on your iDevice, Magic Fiddle is another unique musical app from Smule that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the video demo after the gap.

Magic Fiddle Smule, Magic Fiddle, 16.04MB – $2.99



App Description

Hello. I am your fiddle. I am programmed to make you a musical prodigy. Your untrained fingers will play beautiful music in a matter of minutes. My fiddlery magic will help you earn high scores, gold medals and fun badges. You and I will be unstoppable on the global leaderboard, competing with fellow fiddlers. Seriously, in the amount of time it took you to read this you could have learned ‘Ave Maria’. I kid you not (fiddles never joke).

You, my friend, are not just someone with an iPad. You are a virtuoso.

PICK UP AND PLAY:
• Pick up and play beautiful songs by following streams of colored light in my SongBook, no skill required!
• Impress your friends by playing any of my 20 songs I have in my SongBook, from video game theme songs to ‘Ave Maria’ and everything in-between.
• Bow, pluck, trill, and play vibrato and glissandi right from your iPad.

TAKE IT TO THE TOP:
• Earn scores for every song, and medals for playing well. I will be the judge of ‘well’ (not your mother).
• Show off your newly found musical aptitude to your fellow fiddlers by competing for a spot on the global leaderboards.
• Earn badges as you accomplish new heights of fantastic fiddlery.

LEARN FIDDLING TECHNIQUES EASILY:
• Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques through fun learning adventures with me – my StoryBook takes us on an 8-chapter interactive journey to teach you different techniques with activities and step-by-step instructions.
• Practice your new techniques on real songs as you improve.

LISTEN AND SHARE WITH THE WORLD:
• Listen to other magic fiddlers play on the globe around the world.
• Broadcast your masterpieces for the world to enjoy.
• Show your support for fellow fiddlers by ‘liking’ their songs.
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Want to learn still more about me?

I’m flexible: Any bowed string musical instrument can be referred to as a fiddle.
I’m worldly: I’m played in continents around the world.
I’m experienced: I first appeared in India circa 3000 BC.
I’m funny: What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? About $10,000 dollars.

I’m also classy, dark, and musically inclined…..

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Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes From Outer Space – Smule’s Halloween smut from Smort! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/27/attack-of-the-zombie-bikini-babes/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/27/attack-of-the-zombie-bikini-babes/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2009 02:24:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=22212 Ocarina no more: Killerina. I am T-pain no more: I Kill T-Pain. And Leaf Trombone? Liver Trombone! This Halloween, Smule have been possessed by the horrible deamons behind the horrid creeper, Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes from Outer Space. Not sure what happened, but damn, things are titillatingly ugly. The undead attackers acutely resemble … Read more]]>

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Ocarina no more: Killerina. I am T-pain no more: I Kill T-Pain. And Leaf Trombone? Liver Trombone! This Halloween, Smule have been possessed by the horrible deamons behind the horrid creeper, Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes from Outer Space. Not sure what happened, but damn, things are titillatingly ugly. The undead attackers acutely resemble Marina Orlova of hot for words; in fact, I reckon they may have cloned her! At this point, maybe it doesn’t matter because with the horrible holiday on its way, there is just time enough to grab yer guns… er, yer slingshots and blast them baddies who creep out from the graves.

Smort, Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes From Outer Space, 0.99$, 17.9 MB
Attack Of The Zombie Bikini Babes From Outer Space


Press Release
To fight these hot but dead aliens you’ll have a variety of conventional and unconventional weapons including:

Dual-wielding slingshots
Zombie-busting ammo such as rocks, live rodents, Molotov cocktails and dynamite
A mysterious power (aka beach party music) that stops the zombies in their tracks

They come in wave after wave. They are scantily clad. And yes, they are trying to eat your brains. The alien invaders have cloned one of the most beautiful women on the internet, Marina Orlova of hotforwords.com and they are ready to do battle:

Remember, as a member of the resistance, you are not alone:

Global view shows you who’s winning – the aliens or the earthlings
Challenge other zombie annihilators over Facebook connect

With 40 levels of progressive difficultly you’ll have to be vigilant as wave after wave of Zombie Bikini Babes come at you with different levels of skill, speed and viciousness. Not into achievements? OK, try survival mode and engage in immediate, unadulterated mindless mayhem.

For $0.99 and an iPhone or iPod touch, you can join the resistance today.

App Description
* Master the art of dual-wielding slingshots

Just pull and release. You aim with the direction of the pull. To aim right, pull back left. Like a slingshot. If you want to shoot longer, pull back farther. OK?

* Destroy the invading horde of Zombie Bikini Babes

They come in wave after wave. They are scantily clad. And yes, they are trying to eat your brains.

* Accuracy counts

Torso shots are your bread and butter. Bonus points for severing limbs. Decapitation earns instant credit.

* Upgrade your weapons

Start with slingshots, eventually upgrading to titanium-plated wrist rockets. Consider shooting live ammo, including skunks and squirrels. Eventually you’ll need to step up and earn the trusted Molotov cocktail (extremely effective for taking out a whole bunch of Zombies at once).

* Make them dance

Perhaps the most satisfying weapon of all.

* Try survival mode

Impatient are you? OK. Skip the tutorial and story mode. Forget about earning upgrades. Just launch into MINDLESS MAYHEM.

* Check out globe view

See how your fellow members of the resistance are doing against the hordes of attacking Zombie Bikini Babes.

* Challenge friends over Facebook connect

The resistance needs as many fighters as possible.

Visit www.smort.com for an exclusive trailer and simple tutorial.

Visit HotForWords on YouTube to see the actual Zombie Queen: Marina of Russia.

Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes from Outer Space features a Smort original soundtrack.
What’s new

* Zombies can dance to beach music

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Come Ride “On a Boat” with I Am T-Pain App + Contest http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/02/come-ride-on-a-boat-with-i-am-t-pain-app-contest/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/02/come-ride-on-a-boat-with-i-am-t-pain-app-contest/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2009 01:10:16 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=20944 I Am T-Pain, one of the coolest and most hyped apps in the entertainment world of late, has finally released the incredibly popular (not to mention hilarious and catchy) “I’m on a boat” song as an in-app download.  To celebrate this occasion, Smule is kicking off the “I’m On a Boat” contest, offering up some … Read more]]>

I Am T-Pain, one of the coolest and most hyped apps in the entertainment world of late, has finally released the incredibly popular (not to mention hilarious and catchy) “I’m on a boat” song as an in-app download.  To celebrate this occasion, Smule is kicking off the “I’m On a Boat” contest, offering up some pretty wicked prizes:

  • $500.00 to each of the top ten finalists
  • Grillz, modeled after T-Pain’s own grillz, to each of the top ten finalists
  • $5,000.00 and a Big Ass Chain ($47 value, approximate weight of 10 lbs) to the top finalist
  • Internet fame and glory

To enter this contest, it’s as easy as submitting a Youtube video of yourself performing “I’m on a boat” while using Smule’s I Am T-Pain app. Creativity, humor and view counts on Youtube will all play a role in searching for the next Autotune superstar. The other great news is that the app is on sale ($0.99) until Saturday evening. So what are you waiting for? Grab it now and make Adam Sandberg proud! More contest details can be found after the break.

Smule, I Am T-Pain, $0.99, 2.6 MB
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Press Release

Like the “This Contest Blows” contest celebrating user performances on the Ocarina, we expect nothing less than eccentricity bordering on creativity from our users: http://ocarina.smule.com/contest/

Aspiring rappers should submit their video performances on YouTube. T-Pain and Smule will search for the best videos featuring I Am T-Pain. Using a proprietary T-Pain induced Smulean algorithm which combines views, ratings, suggestion of some musical talent, and lyrical inspiration, each week for the next ten weeks a finalist will be selected and announced, culminating in the announcement of the grand prize winner of the Big Ass Chain (a $47 value) on December 15th. If you think you’ve got what it takes, journalists and bloggers are welcome to participate. Contest details here: http://iamtpain.com/contest

Check back to the contest site, watch your Twitter feeds, and tune into weekly live broadcasts with “The Artist Formerly Known as The Mule” (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smule) every Monday at 7:00 pm PDT to see the winners announced live. Additional blinged out prizes, including autographed items, will be distributed throughout the contest.

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iShred: Guitar + Effects in Review – The Quintessential Guitar App http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/20/ishred-guitar-effects-in-review-the-quintessential-guitar-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/20/ishred-guitar-effects-in-review-the-quintessential-guitar-app/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 06:55:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11245 If you know me personally (which I doubt), or you’ve happened to read my review of Guitarist- then you’d know what a guitar aficionado I am. You’d also know how few guitar simulator applications there are in the App Store that are even worth mentioning and which truly succeed at what they do best – … Read more]]>

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If you know me personally (which I doubt), or you’ve happened to read my review of Guitarist- then you’d know what a guitar aficionado I am. You’d also know how few guitar simulator applications there are in the App Store that are even worth mentioning and which truly succeed at what they do best – simulate an authentic guitar. At first glance, iShred, has incredible potential with its flashy loading screen in which the guitar flies out of the rocker’s hands and embraces the iDevice screen- entrusting you with its mighty power and awesomeness. By the first strum, you realize that iShred is a virtual guitar like no other – it is in fact the tool for ultimate guitar supremacy on an MP4 player scale.

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Within seconds of playing around in iShred, I felt like I was ready to go on a worldwide tour with just my iPhone, Mophie Juicepack, and of course myself. There is so much crammed into just 18.8 MB — it is nearly inconceivable. For starters, iShred comes preloaded with “over 2000 built-in chords, scales, and fret positions”. On the top portion of the screen, there are 10 spaces for you to fill with any specific chord your heart desires. Once a space has been filled by a chord, and you click it to strum, you automatically play that chord. This innovative method of being able to assign chords and easily switch between them makes iShred a sure winner when creating your own songs. Since iShred has every chord under the Sun, it’s hastle-free to find the exact chord you’re looking for- to get the genuine sound out of any song you cover or make.

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The aspect that iShred has that had me jumping for joy is the 8 unique effects (stomp-boxes).

  • Adrenaline: Treble Booster for that extra shot
  • HK-2000 Delay: For fat slap sound or huge echo
  • Hot Fuzz: Get buzzed with an electrifying distortion
  • Kömpressör: Power chords just beg for it
  • Q-36 Space Modulator: Multi-pattern modulation
  • Sybil: Dual chorus pedal to hear your evil twin
  • Trembler: Get a healthy dose of Tremolo
  • Wahsabi: Tilt your iPhone to control this wah pedal!

What made all eight of the effects unique and not generic is that you don’t only trigger them on/off. If an effect is turned on it will have a “glowing aura”. By clicking an effect that is already glowing, the screen zooms into the specific effect so that you can tweak its settings. What I found so surprising about iShred is how each effect is incorporated and sounds so different from one another. You can even tweak out the amp a little bit by turning it on/off and changing the sound from “clean” to all-out “overdrive”.

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Similar to Smule’s Ocarina and Leaf Trombone apps, iShred lets you listen to other people’s songs via AirPlay. When accessing AirPlay mode, a little red airplane flies around to random world locations so you can listen to somone’s song and rate it (from both Frontier Design Group’s music apps: iShred and Guitar). Not only can you listen to other people’s work, but you can also that work to your very own Playlist (where you manage your songs as well as ones you’ve added). AirPlay also lets you filter songs and search for specific ones. Once you’ve added a song to your Playlist, you can access it anytime without WiFi or cellular internet. As seen in Leaf Trombone, you can actually see the exact notes the person played. In iShred, blue circles match the person’s fingering as they played the song- so you can continually replay it and eventually learn the song itself, note by rote.

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The Playlist not only acts as a storage house for all your songs to edit and manage but it also serves other purposes. You can easily export your songs from iShred into your computer (in .wav format) by entering a specific server URL in your internet browser. You can also backup and retrieve songs by saving them on a server from within the app. This not only protects them if you ever delete the song from your Playlist but it also lets you experiment with the song- and you can retrieve the original if you’re unhappy with your experimentation.

review-music-ishred-shred8iShred has a few settings to alter. These include a left handed guitar (I’m actually a lefty myself but I had to learn to play guitar right handed because nobody at my music school was a lefty..), pitch bend, as well as a few chord string label options.

review-music-ishred-shred9 Recording your own music is a breeze in iShred. To enable the recorder, you just hit the arrow on the bottom right side of the screen which brings up a mini menu. From the mini menu you can go right into the recorder where you can set the BPM (beats per minute) as well as enable a metronome to help you keep the beat. After recording a song, you can name it and share it with the world.

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Simply stated, iShred has every feature I wanted from a guitar app including the kitchen sink. With 8 effects to choose from/ an amp to tweak, along with the effects themselves/ export to .wav feature/ AirPlay mode/ every chord imaginable and so much more – my prayers have been answered. I’m literally playing iShred for over 40 minutes a day, every day, trying to learn other people’s songs via AirPlay. The replayability is endless considering you can get ideas from other people and turn them into something new and greater. Just by tweaking the effects, you can create your own unique sound or recreate those that you have come to love from songs such as Aqualung (yes, I was even fortunate enough to stumble upon a user playing Aqualung in AirPlay mode and it sounded perfect!)

For these reasons and many more, I’m proud to give iShred an astonishing rating of Kiss It. I honestly have no complaints – it hasn’t crashed once for me and is everything I could have asked for from a guitar simulator!

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App Summary
Title: iShred: Guitar+ Effects (v. 1.51) Developer: Frontier Design Group, LLC
Price: $4.99 App Size: 18.8MB
  • -fully featured guitar simulator
  • -airplay
  • export to .wav
  • manage your own Playlist
  • record and edit songs
  • 8 unique effects
  • over 2000 chords, scales, fret positions
  • intuitive UI makes it simple to change chords
  • takes a tad getting used to a guitar app with a pantheon of features

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A Look at Zephyr – Message in a Bottle http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/29/a-look-at-zephyr-message-in-a-bottle/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/29/a-look-at-zephyr-message-in-a-bottle/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2008 18:58:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=2839 Smule, the folks behind one of the best selling apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch in Ocarina, are at it again with another brilliant App Store release. Zephyr is a simple but unique take on sharing your very own messages with the rest of the world. As you write or draw your message, Zephyr traces your … Read more]]>
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Smule, the folks behind one of the best selling apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch in Ocarina, are at it again with another brilliant App Store release. Zephyr is a simple but unique take on sharing your very own messages with the rest of the world. As you write or draw your message, Zephyr traces your finger tip with animated snowflakes that come to life along with sounds of wind and music.

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What makes Zephyr exceptional is the implementation of  how messages reach other users. Once your anonymous message is sent, it could be received by someone half way around the world. The way you receive messages is simple: Once you enter view mode (tap on the Globe icon when you open the menu), you will see the Globe rotate to the city where the message originated from. If it has been viewed by multiple people, a comet will dash around the planet,  showing you the stops it has made along the way. The moment you view a message, you can help spread the love by tapping on the heart icon. The more hearts a message receives, the more it will be passed forward. Not interested in the current message? No problem. Hit the fast foward icon and wait for the next one to come along.

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Zephyr is without a doubt one of the coolest apps available at for the iPhone. You can quite literally spend hours on end reading funny and interesting messages from all corners of the earth. Smule has taken another wonderful idea and turned it into something beautiful.  It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Zephyr rockets to the top of the App Store charts, just like Ocarina did not long ago.

Here are some messages I received:

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