A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment purposes only. Not intended for educational use.
Ease of Play
Chat and music browsing are easy; gameplay aspect has no tutorial and rules are unclear.
Violence & Scariness
No violence in the app itself, but user-created content and chat could contain references to or images of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Professional videos could have suggestive themes and imagery; user-created content and chat could contain suggestive images or references.
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No profanity in the app itself, but user-created content and chat could contain bad language.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are relentless, and the app pushes users to buy VIP packages and various kinds of premium currency.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No substance use in the app itself, but commercial music videos and user-created content and chat could contain references to or images of smoking, drinking, or drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This app recently changed format and name, and though the ability to watch live music in a social way is an interesting idea, the veritable flood of annoying ads puts a damper on the experience. At first glance, NEXT Music is pretty slick: It looks professional enough, with dynamic, colorful screens and easy navigation, and browsing top 40 hits and livestreams is as easy as tapping a link or swiping the screen. Following performers, sending them "Love," and commenting on their performances is also a snap. As with any app that involves chat, parents will want to set limits and check in about the connections and messages kids make and send. Song clips come with barcodes that let you hear the full songs through Spotify when you find one you like, and the app's basic rhythm game is simple to grasp -- so long as your reflexes are good. But after the first few minutes, the app's entertainment value takes a sharp nosedive.
The first problem is a lack of instruction. The rhythm game aspect contains all kinds of collectibles and upgrades and items but doesn't tell you what they do or how to use them. If you want to learn how to play, you have to do an independent internet search for the developer's website. There's no link within the app. This omission makes rewards feel meaningless, and the various game-related menus confusing. Much worse than this, however, is the app's relentless advertising. Everything requires watching ads: continuing gameplay after making a mistake, earning rewards, even opening rewards. It's ridiculous, as is the blatant bid to make users pay for VIP memberships with ill-defined benefits, as well as five different forms of premium currency. Perhaps the developers weren't making money on the app before, hence the format change. Whatever the reason, despite NEXT Music's interesting features, its ad-heavy design and purchase pushes make it far less enjoyable.
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