What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SongPop lets teens play song-trivia games against friends (via Facebook) or against people they don't know (via the app's random match-up). Playlists are diverse and include categories such as Modern Country, '80s Alternative, Today's Rap, and many more. Players start off with four playlists and then have to earn more playlists by listening to snippets of songs and answering questions correctly about them, or they pay for more coins ($1.99 for 500, for example). The app says it's "ad free," but it connects players to iTunes so players can buy the songs featured in the game. Nothing outstandingly original here, just a basic music-trivia game for teens and adults.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
SongPop wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
First teens register with the site, either via Facebook or by providing an email address and username (there's no warning not to use real or identifiable names). Then, they invite friends on Facebook to play or are matched with a random partner by the app. Pick a playlist, and the music starts playing while trivia questions start appearing. Players earn points that get them coins by answering questions correctly or by buying coins that can buy different genre groups.
Is it any good?
SongPop is a pretty standard music-trivia game for music lovers that can help teens show off their knowledge of lyrics, recording artists, and more while expanding their musical palates by introducing them to different musical genres.
That said, it would be nice to have some more safety guidance, and players should expect to be able to play only up to a point without buying coins if they want to keep adding playlists. SongPop can help kids show off their popular music knowledge, but the app has room for improvement.