A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.
Overall, the app encourages people to create, collaborate, and share, which is a worthy goal, but the comments sections of individual videos vary from supportive to critical.
Ease of Play
There's an enormous variety of songs available, and it's easy to use the features to manipulate the audio and video filters.
Violence & Scariness
Unless a song's content has especially abusive language, there's unlikely to be any violence depicted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexy stuff, including singers wearing revealing clothing, dancing suggestively, or singing provocative lyrics.
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Almost any popular song you can imagine is available; if there are vulgar lyrics, they'll scroll by on the karaoke display like any other word.
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Products & Purchases
Most of the content is user-generated, and purchasing pricey VIP subscriptions gives users access to more licensed content, like options to sing duets with artists and access premium Disney songs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Depends on the song, but there are definitely verbal references to alcohol and marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
It's definitely appealing to have access to so many song choices (name a song -- it's probably available), but mean comments, livestreaming, and the price make this app more for teens. Contributing content here feels risky: You can create and upload videos privately, but Smule - The #1 Singing App is really geared toward sharing and commenting on others' performances, and the comments aren't always kind. Meanwhile, if you're not interested in contributing content, finding entertaining things to watch can be its own challenge. The playback features and options are stellar, and it's great that you can listen to uploaded videos as you search for your next one. However, the content itself isn't always great. While some users offer solid singing and some of the best-of lists feature good collaborations, there's a lot of lackluster singing on display, and some videos feature vulgar language or gestures, in spite of the app's community guidelines. Also, it can get spendy fast, so if it's a good fit, find the subscription price that works for your budget. Overall, it has a lot of fun features and songs, but access to mature content is easy and public accounts are best for older teens.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.