A lot or a little?
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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?
- 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
- Last updated: June 16, 2020
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