WEYV

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Interesting mashup of shared media use a bit complicated.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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

Ease of Play

Interface easy to use; the subscription credits ("units") model, not so easy to understand.

Violence

Content depends on the media the subscriber chooses.

Sex

Content depends on the media the subscriber chooses.

Language

Content depends on the media the subscriber chooses. Some songs are marked as containing explicit content.

Consumerism

Listed on the App Store as "free," but subscription plan with paid units is complex and can be pricey.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content depends on the media the subscriber chooses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WEYV is an ad-free, subscription-based music and magazine app. Subscribers can listen to curated music based on their preferences while reading a magazine, both within the app. Friends and family can join the same group to listen to music simultaneously and create lists of favorites to share with each other. When subscribers invite other people to join, they earn more "units" to spend. Every time a subscriber listens to a song, WEYV donates an unspecified amount to a charity. The developer indicates that music videos, movies, and TV shows will also become available soon. Users can access content offline by downloading it to a device for 30 days. Users must be 18 or older to create an account but, with adult supervision around mature content, younger teens could also use this app. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use WEYV, create an account and explore the options for music and magazines. Once your free trial ends, choose a subscription plan. Invite others to become part of your group. Each music and magazine uses a certain number of WEYV "units," which are returned to your group's account to use again when you're done. Create channels, and download magazines and music to listen to offline. Select genres or decades. Add new artists. Set the percentage of song popularity.

Is it any good?

While this app makes the common pastime of listening to music while reading magazines convenient, it might also make it a bit more complicated. There are a lot of good music choices on WEYV for people who enjoy all genres -- from current pop to '80s country and everything in between -- and solid but more limited reading choices. That said, the varied subscription structure and group organization adds some twists to the reading and listening mix that may be more trouble than they're worth. Sure, it can be fun to share what you're reading and listening to with others, but when you have to keep track of units and prices, it takes away some of the casual ease of something that's meant to be relaxing and generally easy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reading and listening to music simultaneously, which can be done using WEYV. Does your teen feel like they're able to listen to music and still comprehend everything they're reading? Why or why not? Is reading a magazine casually different from studying?

  • Talk about the "shared digital currency" and groups formed on the app. Does your teen like sharing his or her music and reading with others? Who? Would your teen share it with you? Why or why not?

  • WEYV is intended for registration by people 18 and older. If your teen uses this service, information about what they read and listen to may be collected. For more information, read Common Sense Media's Who's collecting my kid's data and what are they doing with it?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try
  • Subscription price: two-week free trial, then $15/mo. for one person
  • Release date: December 5, 2017
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 138.10 MB
  • Publisher: WEYV, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.41
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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