What parents need to know
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'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?
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.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Skills:||Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology|
|Release date:||August 5, 2012|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up|