MusicPound

Common Sense Media says

Fun but limited app lets friends compare iPod libraries.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

You will have to know to join the same wireless network as their friend, or how to pair the two devices via Bluetooth. Otherwise, this app is very easy to use.

Violence

If someone has songs in their collection that contain violent lyrics, and you choose the "view lyrics" option or decide to download the songs from iTunes to your iOS device, you would then be exposed to the lyrics, too.

Sex

If someone has songs in their collection that contain lyrics about sex, and you choose the "view lyrics" option or decide to download the songs from iTunes to your iOS device, you would then be exposed to the lyrics, too.

Language

If someone has songs in their collection with profanity, and you choose the "view lyrics" option or decide to download the songs from iTunes to your iOS device, you would then be exposed to the lyrics, too.

Consumerism

The free version of the app is limited to three comparisons. You must upgrade with a $1.99 in-app purchase for more. Once you compare with a friend, you're given the option to buy songs you don't have from iTunes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

If someone has songs in their collection that contain lyrics about these topics, and you choose the "view lyrics" option or decide to download the songs from iTunes to your iOS device, you would then be exposed to the lyrics, too.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The app's disclaimer says you need to be 18 years of age or older to use the service or at least 13 years of age with consent from a parent or guardian. CSM asked why this is and we were told it's because of the optional in-app purchase. Also, strangers with the same app on the same network -- say, at a coffee shop or college campus -- could share info with each other. There is also an option to submit "anonymous statistics" to MusicPound, presumably about what you're listening to. Finally, you can also fill out contact info and agree to automatically share that with someone you're comparing music with.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know MusicPound analyzes your music collection and compares it to someone else's in the same vicinity via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; both users must have the app open and need to tap to look for connections. The app's user agreement states that kids must be at least 13 and under the supervision of a parent or guardian to use the app; otherwise you must be 18 or older.

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iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches are great for music lovers to carry around thousands of tunes in a pocket -- and easily sync the collection with iTunes -- but being exposed to new music is not as easy. What if you want to hear what your friends are into? MUSICPOUND lets you find out what music your friends are listening to, so you can see how "compatible" you are, and discover new tracks at the same time. You only get three free "pounds" (music comparisons) before being asked to pay $1.99 for unlimited use -- but it's a fun way to see how your collection matches up with your friends.

Here's how it works: Open the app and select Compare, which looks for someone near you who also has the app installed and open. It works via local Wi-Fi or through a Bluetooth connection. Once it finds someone, it will cross reference your collection and give you and a friend a "music compatibility" score out of 100. You can view your top-matching songs and artists, see what tunes your friend has you don’t have yet, and if you like, buy those songs immediately through iTunes (or tap to add them to your "wishlist"). There are limitations -- you can't listen to a friend's collection, and the service only works over Bluetooth or local Wi-Fi, not the Internet, but it's a fun way to compare music collections with nearby friends.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 15, 2011
Category:Music
Size:3.90 MB
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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