Music to my ears: Smule aquires Khush

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.

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App Store Turns 1 … Reveals Favorite Apps

appstore1yrOur favorite virtual candy store, aka the App Store, will turn 1 come July 11, 2009. Who would’ve thought that in such a short time span, over 50,000 apps would make their way onto the iDevice? While plenty of these are include useless fart, puke and other silly applications, we have come to bear witness to some excellent games that rival or even surpass those on the DS and PSP. To celebrate this 1 yr anniversary, Apple has released their 30 favorite Game and Non-game apps.

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Needless to say, choosing 60 from the tens of thousands of quality apps to highlight the App Store’s birthday is no easy task. Personally, I think the list is pretty good, and will surely vary for each individual you ask. So what’s missing for you? For the complete Birthday Bash list, click here.

iShred: Guitar + Effects in Review – The Quintessential Guitar App

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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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