Piano Free with Songs

Common Sense Media says

While not perfect, it's a free and feature-rich simulator.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This includes a tutorial (text only), and is fairly easy to use even without the tutorial.

Violence & scariness

No violence is shown. There is an option to read lyrics in this app, and one of the three bundled songs, "When the Saints Go Marching In," contains the line "When the moon turns red with blood..."

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Consumerism

"Upgrade" buttons will take you to the App Store, where you can purchase the full version. Another button asks users to leave a review in the App Store and promises reviewers a free song (clicking the button unlocks the free song, with or without a review). Another button leads to the publisher's website, which has more apps.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Piano Free with Songs is safe for young kids. It's a piano simulator that looks and sounds like the real thing. Plus, kids (and adults) can also learn how to play a few classic songs by following the onscreen instructions. The lyrics to "When the Saints Go Marching In" include a reference to blood (read, but not heard). Also, be aware that there are a few requests to upgrade to the full (paid) version, which has 500 songs to master.

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There's no shortage of piano-based iPad apps in the App Store, but PIANO FREE WITH SONGS packs a lot of fun into the free download. Using your fingertips, play on a realistic-sounding piano on one (1.5-octave) row of keys or two (one on top of another). You can even press on the pedal tab to sustain the note or chord. This app offers a few bells and whistles, including adjustable height and width for the black and white keys; the option to see the note and octave info displayed on each key; a built-in metronome to keep time (with selectable speed and volume); and as the name of the app suggests, it includes free songs to learn: "Happy Birthday to You," "Jingle Bells" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." It's also possible to unlock an additional free song. Follow along with falling notes or animated sheet music. It's not perfect -- you can't record your music, change the sound of the piano, or receive a score based on your performance – but hey, it's free, fun, and full of other features.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 11, 2012
Category:Music
Size:15.10 MB
Publisher:Better Day Wireless
Version:1.2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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