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  • Smule Launches Strum, A Social Video App With Musical Filters

    Smule Launches Strum, A Social Video App With Musical Filters

    The latest product from music startup Smule isn’t what I was expecting — instead of releasing another music-centric app like Ocarina or Magic Piano, it’s launching a social video app called Strum. Music still plays a role in the app, but it’s not center stage here as it is with Smule’s other products. Prerna Gupta, CEO of Khush (another music startup that was… Read More

  • Music Startup Smule Promises To Get More Social, Starting With Its New Karaoke App Sing

    Music Startup Smule Promises To Get More Social, Starting With Its New Karaoke App Sing

    Executives at Smule, the startup that turns mobile devices into musical instruments with apps like Ocarina and Magic Piano, say the company’s apps are about to get social in a big way. Sharing has always been a key part of Smule’s products, but Prerna Gupta (who joined the company through the acquisition of another music app-maker called Khush, where she was CEO) says Smule… Read More

  • Smule’s AutoRap App Helps TC Spit Fire, Tops 2.5M Installs In A Few Days

    Smule’s AutoRap App Helps TC Spit Fire, Tops 2.5M Installs In A Few Days

    Smule is on fire. Just take a look at the work these guys have done since their 2008 launch: $25.5 million in funding, more app releases than I can keep up with and a pretty sweet acquisition. And the latest app, AutoRap, is seeing some incredible early success. After less than a week on the App Store, AutoRap has seen over 2.5 million downloads with over 12 million raps created. Yes, raps. Read More

  • Smule Finally Makes Their Android Debut With The Auto-Tuning Songify App

    Smule Finally Makes Their Android Debut With The Auto-Tuning Songify App

    Smule has been churning out scores of popular music-making iOS apps for years now, but they’ve been notoriously gun-shy about bringing those apps to other platforms. As of today though, that streak has finally come to an end — the company has just released their auto-tuning Songify app into the Google Play Store. Read More

  • Smule’s Newest Musical Brainchild: Magic Guitar for iOS

    Smule’s Newest Musical Brainchild: Magic Guitar for iOS

    Just when I was beginning to think that MadPad would be the only brand new product we saw come out of mobile musical masterminds Smule in 2011, they’ve just squeaked one out in the final round. Not that only launching one product in a year would be a bad thing, mind you — especially since they’ve been busying themselves raising 12 million dollar rounds and snatching up others… Read More

  • Smule Acquires Khush To Further Boost Their Music Cred

    Smule Acquires Khush To Further Boost Their Music Cred

    Smule, makers of such fine musically-tuned iOS apps as Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain, have just announced their intentions to acquire Khush, the equally music-minded company behind LaDiDa (you sing, it generates a beat) and Songify (you sing/talk/cough/howl, it bends the tune into a song). Wonder Twin powers, activate! Read More

  • Music App Developer Smule Raises $12 Million

    Music App Developer Smule Raises $12 Million

    Smule, the music app developer behind I am T-Pain and others, has raised another $12 million in funding, according to a recent SEC filing. We’ve confirmed the funding with the company. The round was led by Shasta Ventures and Shasta partner Jason Pressman has joined the Smule board of directors. Granite Ventures and Bessemer Ventures also participated in the round. The company… Read More

  • Smule’s MadPad Turns Your Life Into A Video Soundboard

    Smule’s MadPad Turns Your Life Into A Video Soundboard

    From the “click-clack, click-clack” of your car’s turn signal to the honking of a passing bus, life is a symphony of sound — there’s just no one conducting. This morning, Smule (makers of many a fine/remarkably clever iPhone app, from Leaf Trombone to I Am T-Pain) is looking to change that with their latest iOS app: MadPad. By capturing short, everyday… Read More

  • Smule's Experimental New Money Model: Street Performance

    After you’ve made a series of iOS App Store hits like I Am T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, Leaf Trombone, and Magic Fiddle, what do you do next to further bolster that yearly revenue? You could make another iPhone app, sure — or you could follow in the footsteps of countless mimes, jugglers, dudes-painted-to-look-like-robots and breakdancers before you, and turn to the streets. So… Read More

  • Smule Outdoes Itself Again: Leaf Trombone Is An Instant iPhone Classic

    When the iPhone App Store launched last year, a flood of ‘virtual’ music apps, ranging from pianos to drums hit the market. Most of these didn’t fare so well on the iPhone’s small screen, save for one fantastic standout: Smule’s Ocarina, which was perfectly suited for the iPhone and was fairly easy for beginners to pick up. The app became a massive success… Read More

  • Innovative iPhone Developer Smule Raises $3.9 Million

    Smule is one of our favorite iPhone developers – besides putting together ridiculously addictive apps like Ocarina (iTunes Link), the team is also especially adept at tapping into the iPhone’s network effect, even on something as basic as a virtual lighter. Today, the company has announced that it has closed a $3.9 million funding round led by Granite Ventures, with Bessemer… Read More