Parents' Guide to

aXylophone

By Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Sparse xylophone app sounds good but is limiting.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free Music
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With aXylophone, what you see is what you get. It's uncomplicated, virtually effortless to maneuver through and play, with one screen, and that's all. The app's sound quality is good and the interface plays like a real xylophone, minus the mallets (kids must tap and release the bars, otherwise it won't make a sound). The app's ideal for little hands, or for those with varying learning and motor skill abilities.

But aXylophone is very limited. The main shortcoming is that it only has seven bars and doesn't even span an octave (which is eight bars). Kids are shortchanged one essential bar (or pitch) and can't experience the tonal pattern of a complete scale. There's no in-app recording or playback, but it's hard to hold that against this app because it's free and it is what it is -- a simple, simulated xylophone experience that sounds good and is easy to use. If you want something with more functionality, you'll pay a bit for it. But you'll likely get that eighth and very essential tone (if not more), which improves the musical experience immensely.

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