AutoRap

Common Sense Media says

Undeniably fun music experience, but may be iffy for kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use, if you can navigate all of the options to purchase play packs.

Violence

Violence depends upon what songs teens choose or what lyrics kids decide to use in their own raps, and some of the artists currently featured are known to include lyrics that are inappropriate for young kids.

Sex

Sexual content depends upon what songs teens choose or what lyrics they decide to use in their own raps, and some of the artists currently featured are known to include lyrics with sexual content.

Language

Language depends upon what songs teens choose or what lyrics they decide to use in their own raps, and some of the artists currently featured are known to include language that's inappropriate for young kids in their lyrics. For example, the app currently features a song by Ludacris with the lyrics "I've got hos in different area codes."

Consumerism

If you watch commercials for different apps or movies on AutoRap, you earn "Freestyle Plays" to create your own raps. You can buy play packs in groups, ranging in price from $2.99 (60 freestyle) to $18.99 (500 premium). There are ways to play this app without spending money, but the push to spend is ever-present.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, drugs, and smoking prevalence depends upon what songs teens choose or what lyrics they decide to use in their own raps. Some of the artists currently featured are known to include lyrics featuring drinking, drugs, and smoking.

Privacy & safety

Songs kids record can be shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that AutoRap is an entertaining music app that turns anything you say into rap, or acts as sort of a karaoke machine for actual popular rap songs. The app matches syllables of any words to the beats of songs (two songs are free, the rest you need to purchase using "plays" that are either purchased or earned by watching ads, signing up for services -- some of which cost money -- and other actions). The purchased songs are by a variety of artists, including Nicki Minaj to the Beastie Boys to Eminem. Songs can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter. This app is fun, but depending on what kids choose to rap, or what's included in the professional rap artists' songs, some oversight may be required to keep it kid- or teen-appropriate fun. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music

Skills

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

What Kids Can Learn

AutoRap wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music

Skills

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

AutoRap wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

In Talk Mode, simply tap on the "Tap To Rap" icon and start talking, then press stop and play your rap, which has been altered by the app to match the beats of a song. In Rap Mode, rap to real songs as lyrics scroll across the screen. Songs can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It can be really fun to hear AutoRap morph your spoken words into a rap. There's no doubt that kids and teens who like rap will love this app, for the first few tries at least -- until earning or purchasing "plays" becomes a necessity if they want to expand their repertoire.

Add to that the dilemma of how to keep it clean enough for kids to enjoy the full karaoke-style features and avoid the iffy song lyrics, as well as the purchases and ad offers, and this free app may just be good for a few fun tries, not to keep on your device long-term. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 5, 2012
Category:Music
Size:22.20 MB
Publisher:Smule
Version:1.0.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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