Ditty by Zya

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Turn plain texts into silly, mini music videos.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

If you can text, you can use Ditty.

Violence

Random GIFs can contain mildly violent imagery, pratfalls, and so on.

Sex

Mildly suggestive GIF imagery. 

Language

Curse words are censored. 

Consumerism

The small selection of free songs encourages users to pay for new ones. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ditty by Zya is a music-based social-networking app that lets users add music and GIFs to their texts. The app censors curse words (text shows curse words as asterisks), but random GIF images can contain mild language, crude humor, and mildly suggestive themes. The app lets you search for users via social media or via your phone's contact list. It also has a "follow all" feature that lets you follow any existing Ditty users. Individual songs can be bought at $0.99 per song or $19.99 for a pack of 40. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the kinds of information collected and shared. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written byCatherine M. May 3, 2018

The Best Social Media

Ditty allows you to choose a song, like a pop song, a nursery rhyme, or even the batman theme, and type in text. It then sings it to you in that tune and allows... Continue reading
Adult Written bync1 October 26, 2018

This app would be good for children if it was censored for children.

You can put any text in these videos, although some words might be censored algorithmically. The hashtags are not filtered. I was on for 2 minutes and found vid... Continue reading

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What's it about?

DITTY BY ZYA is a music-based app that lets anyone turn everyday texts into short songs and/or music videos. Users type any text message they want, then choose a type of music/vocal track to set it to. Users can also add their own images or let the app add a series of random GIFs loosely based on the content of their texts. You get a limited number of songs for free, and then you can buy more via in-app purchase. Once you've create a Ditty, you can save it to your phone or share it on the Ditty site, over social media, or through iMessage.

Is it any good?

Enhancing text messages with music and images is a good time, though the results can be a bit uneven. What's best about Ditty by Zya is that creation couldn't be simpler, and it's a real hoot seeing the sorts of absurd text/music/image combinations you can come up with. The sharing function is somewhat frustrating; it crashed the app twice as often as it worked during our review. Also disappointing is the small selection of free songs. Still, if you're OK with spending a buck a song (bundles get you a nicer two-for-one rate), you can treat yourself to some truly funny versions of popular songs.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk social media and how to use it safely. Are there any risks in using an app like Ditty by Zya? If so, what are they?

  • Discuss the appropriateness of Ditty content. What kinds of texts are OK to make into a joke? What kinds aren't? 

  • Think about the value of in-app purchases. When you buy app add-ons, do you get good value for the money? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: May 25, 2015
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 126.00 MB
  • Publisher: Dya
  • Version: 2.9.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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