mScribble

 
Play harmonious tunes with a single finger.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Select a music style and a sound color, and then play music by moving your finger across the screen. The optional toddler mode automatically starts the app with a random choice and bypasses the menu.

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Consumerism

After you play and return to the menu, you'll get a request to rate the app; clicking the button will take you to the iTunes store.

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Privacy & safety

Mostly private. There is a link on the menu to send an email to the developers, as well as to email the song you just played. Choosing toddler mode in your iPhone settings screen will disable email capabilities.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that mScribble is a music-playing app that is easy to play and is always in tune. It can teach some simple music concepts like pitch and volume, as well as a bit about musical styles. There is an optional toddler mode (adjusted in the iPhone settings screen) that disables the app's menus and all recording and email capabilities and just presents a random style/color combination, making the app safe for any age.

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MSCRIBBLE is a delightful little music app. You can select a music style and a "color," which determines the instrument, and then simply drag your finger around the screen to play music. The pitch is determined by the vertical position of your finger, and the volume is determined by the horizontal position. The app automatically plays a shifting harmony line and adjusts the pitches of the melody to keep everything in tune. You can even send a recording of the last song played via email.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:November 10, 2010
Category:Music Games
Publisher:Appular
Version:2.02
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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