A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
SongPop wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
It's very easy to get the hang of the game and to find an opponent or to connect with Facebook friends.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
According to the iTunes Store app information (although none of these were observed during this review), some songs may have sexual references and themes, and the app may have "infrequent" nudity, perhaps due to images featured on album covers.
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Some songs may include mild profanity or crude humor.
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Products & Purchases
Players start off with four free playlists to play the song-trivia game, and then they have to earn coins to buy more playlists by answering questions about the songs correctly. Players can also pay for more coins (from $1.99 for 400 -- which purchases about one playlist -- up to $24.99 for 10,000). The paid version is ad-free (unlike the free version), but it promotes all the recording artists, and it connects players to iTunes so they can buy the songs featured in the game.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some songs may include references to drug, alcohol, or tobacco use.
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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.
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.
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.