By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Picture + sound is fun, but withholding cool options is not.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not intended for learning, though educational applications are certainly possible.
Ease of Play
Kicks off with a simple tutorial. Everything else is easy to figure out, but some icons for the sound clips are vague.
Violence & Scariness
Mild references to fighting in the sound clips ("I'll drop him like a ... "), and some user-generated content appears to be from partner brands and could contain violent images/sound clips over time.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are references to having a "great body" and one quoted reference to a "smelly pirate hooker." Some user-generated content appears to be from partner brands that could contain sexy images/sound clips over time.
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Some clips contain coarse language, and a few contain swears such as "f--k" and "motherf----r." Also a section of insults such as "stupid" and "jerk-off" from popular media. Some user-generated content appears to be from partner brands and could contain inappropriate language over time.
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Products & Purchases
While the app is free and has no in-app purchases, the "sample" Soundcircles seem to all be branded content for movies, music, politics, and the like. Most of these contain links to outside sites, in some cases to buy the item showcased. There's also a section of sound clips called "Adverts" that contains familiar product slogans, such as "They're Grrrreat" and "Finger Licking Good."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Branded sample content has at least one marijuana leaf in a political ad. More references could appear as the app gets updated.
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Parents Need to Know
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Videos and Photos
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What’s It About?
SOUNDCIRCLES is simply a way to share images with sound clips embedded. Users take a picture or choose one from their library and tap on any area of the picture to add a sound clip. The app comes with a library of clips in the following categories: sport, viral, noises, adverts, insults, compliments, Will Ferrell, superheroes, and villains. There's also the option to record custom clips. Once the Soundcircle is complete, users can upload it to social media, email it, or otherwise shared via the device share options.
Is It Any Good?
A simple and clear interface make this easy to use, but unfortunately it lacks the features to make it a truly creative endeavor. Soundcircles is an easy way to send a special message to a friend, such as a birthday card where each person sings a portion of the birthday song. The included clips can lead to some silly play, and the interface is a pleasure to use. What trips up this app is the sample set of Soundcircles that have been created by branded partners. These have cool features that aren't available to the general user at the time of review. Soundcircles is fine as it is, but once you see the possibilities, it's hard not to miss the extra features, such as links, and the ability to create quizzes that reveal their own answers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about communication in general and using Soundcircles. How do you communicate with different types of people? What things may be appropriate for a friend but not an older family member? What things aren't appropriate for anyone?
Families can talk about responsible communication using technology and how to avoid creating or engaging in digital drama. How can you use Soundcircles responsibly?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 26, 2017
- Category: Social Networking
- Publisher: AlZack Ltd
- Version: 1.1.1.
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: June 9, 2017
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