A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Scroll through music clips to discover new music genres and experiment with different sound combinations. Get creative with your own work or add on to songs to try out harmony, different instrumentals, or other variations.
Ease of Play
It takes some playing around to figure out how everything works. There's no tutorial or other how-to information.
Violence & Scariness
Some songs lyrics may have references to violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some song lyrics may reference sex or romance. In at least one video, a man was singing without a shirt.
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Some song lyrics may contain language, for example there are at least several instances of "goddamn" or "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Many songs are from well-known, branded artists.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some songs lyrics may reference drinking, drugs, or smoking. In at least one video, a musician had a glass of red wine sitting on his piano.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Music lovers can easily create mini-jams with other musicians from anywhere in the world, but there's some mature content. Even for non-musicians, it can be almost addictive to scroll through music clips and experiment with combining them in different ways. It's fun to see how amateurs get creative with their interpretations of popular songs, or how the feel of the song changes as you swap out one voice or instrument for another. And, the range of available music, both original and covers, can expose kids to new sounds. But teens who sing or play music themselves will likely get the most out of Collab - Band Together.
At its best, the app allows users to combine their musical talents with anyone they wish or be inspired to riff off of someone else's contribution. They can experiment with adding harmony, a back beat, or a new instrument. With the 15-second limit, there's only so far each collab can go, which sometimes feels disappointing. Despite that, there's definitely potential for a positive community that creates beautiful music together. On the other hand, to participate fully, teens do have to submit videos of themselves. And, though Collab - Band Together is subject to Facebook's community guidelines, those guidelines can be notoriously unsatisfying. Though there's no way for users to interact directly with each other in the app, some users include information on how to find them on other platforms, making it easy for users to connect, supposedly for the purposes of collaborating on making music in other ways. Collab - Band Together is very much a social media space and parents may want to discuss some guidelines around sharing and connecting with people online.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.