SongPop

Common Sense Media says

Song-trivia app a hit with teens; some iffy lyrical content.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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.

Language

Some songs may include mild profanity or crude humor.

Consumerism

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.

Privacy & safety

Players can play against people they don't know, but communication is limited. Photos can be imported and viewed, however, and players can use their own names when playing against strangers. If you connect using your Facebook account (vs. your email address), your profile picture will be displayed to your opponent.

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

Subjects

Arts

  • music

What Kids Can Learn

SongPop wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music

SongPop wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$1.99
Release date:August 3, 2012
Category:Music Games
Size:16.80 MB
Publisher:FreshPlanet Inc.
Version:1.2.47
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Kid, 12 years old September 1, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

An Iffy Game for the Teens

Songpop is one of those addicting games that you can play with friends, and strangers on your mobile device, and on Facebook. Songpop is a song-trivia game. You and your opponent will choose a category, and will then listen to a sample of music to guess. 45% of the time, you will hear swears, drugs and drinking, etc. It isn't too much of a concern because it isn't frequent, but watch out. Overall, Songpop is geared towards teens, not for the young child.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byFuschiaphoenix November 17, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Fun App!

Not exactly for learning, but a really fun app that I got for free. I can remember how I played this back and forth with my friends! It's simply guessing the title of the song you hear, and you can compete with friends. Some songs have mature lyrics-depending on what category you choose. (Pop, Today's Hits, Classics, etc.) There are some promotions and advertisements, like asking you to buy another playlist.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byameliazisawesome August 20, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Fine

my 10 year old sister ha this game and loved it. it is anfun game for 9 and up.

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